The Knocks and Cannons at Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, TN

The Knocks @ Brooklyn Bowl, Nashville | Photo by Zach Birdsong

Brooklyn Bowl was nothing short of a dance party when The Knocks and Cannons brought their co-headlining tour to Nashville on Thursday. 

Before either headlining band took the stage, up-and-comer Juliana Madrid treated the Music City crowd to a 30-minute acoustic set. It was clear that Madrid was nervous on stage as she shyly introduced herself to the audience, stating that this was her first-ever tour. Nerves and all, Madrid put together an original playlist that showcased her talents, reminiscent of a young Taylor Swift mixed with the playfulness of Melanie Martinez. As she continues touring and finds her confidence, Madrid has the potential to be a major player in the music scene. 

From walking around Brooklyn Bowl, it was clear that most of the crowd was there to see the first of the two headliners. Cannons did not disappoint those fans, putting together an enjoyable 75-minute performance with fans wanting more. Despite being relatively young in their careers, Cannons still has a deep discography. As lead singer Michelle Joy explained, the group would perform their older tunes and the newer tracks, which made for a fun set.  

Though the longtime fans of the band got their fill of older material, the newer songs got the audience more engaged. Earlier this year, Cannons released their third studio album, Fever Dream, and most of the set revolved around the record. During the performance, Joy explained the behind-the-scenes writing process into several songs.

Two of those newer tracks stood above the rest and were incredibly well-received by fans. The first of those songs was “Ruthless,” and fans bounced around, giving middle fingers back to the lead singer with plenty of smiles. Cannons followed later in the set with a performance of “Hurricane,” with several fans dancing along and singing back the words to the band. 

Cannons closed their night with their 2019 breakout single “Fire for You.” As Joy explained, the song changed the direction of the band’s career and elevated them to another level. With only five years under their belt, it will be fun to see the next step for the group.

Though some fans headed for the door, there was still one more act to follow, as The Knocks headlined the evening. The electronic duo kept the party vibe going as they brought their house-style music to Nashville for the first time, and it was clear that they were excited to be there. As member James “JPatt” Patterson pointed out, this was the pair’s first tour since the pandemic started, so they were excited to be out on the road again. 

While they haven’t been playing shows, the duo stayed busy, collaborating with some of music’s biggest names for their record, HISTORY, which came out in April. The Knocks worked with MUNA, Cold War Kids, Foster the People, and even their co-headliners Cannons on songs for the album. 

It was fun to see those tracks performed live, and it was even better was seeing the crowd’s reaction. From the start of the set, those on hand were dancing along and clearly having a good time. Thursday may have been the first time that The Knocks played Music City, but from the reception they received, it certainly won’t be the last, and it will be fun to see them again in the future.

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A current communications specialist with a background in journalism, where he served as a multiple award-winning newspaper editor, photographer and designer. In eight years, he received 18 awards from the Tennessee Press Association, the majority of which stems from his photography. He's also been fortunate enough to have had photos used by publications around the world including Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Today Show, Vanity Fair, Vogue Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and more.