"They would say, 'Give them the biggest show you can every time,'" Happy said. "'Have fun and be big.'"
The length and the quality of the Marion County Fair show will depend on the audience. Most shows last over two hours. The band's spontaneous nature also precludes him from discussing a set list prior to the show.
"We play what feels good," Happy said.
Families can also be assured of a "clean" show. Happy believes that Hairball's shows are edgy, aggressive and good enough without the need of profanity and other unseemly things. Though Hairball focuses on a particular era of rock and roll, the band's typical audience ranges from "the cradle to the grave," according to Happy.
Happy said that even if you are 50 years old, and you want to bring your 12-year-old child, you will both have fun. He has seen countless young people, who were not even born when these bands were at their peak, recite the lyrics of songs such as "Sweet Child of Mine," right along with Hairball. You will be entertained, Happy said.
"It's nothing but a good time," Happy said.
Tickets are on sale now at http://www.knoxvilleraceway.com or by calling 641-842-5431. They are $15 in advance for adults, $10 for children. Prices increase the day of the event. Gates open for the concert at 3 p.m. July 12 and the concert begins at 8 p.m.