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Everyone’s Family When You’re Judah & the Lion


Everyone’s Family When You’re Judah & the Lion

Judah & the Lion are a Nashville based folk pop, hip-hop, rock and roll group who mesh their many sounds and talents into one, successful musical motion.

As an independent band, Judah & the Lion raises the bar by miles – achieving ranks on Billboard’s Folk and Heatseekers Chart like child’s play.

On tour right now with Colony House and Tall Heights, Judah & the Lion continues their ongoing mission to simply improve the quality of their listeners’ lives.

The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington may just be another venue on the large trail of touring, but to Judah & the Lion it’s much more special. On their Going to Mars Tour, they reminisced to the day they first stepped onto this stage – their first show during a previous tour as a supporting act to Mat Kearney in 2015.

Judah & the Lion begins their show by hopping on stage to get things shaking by getting down to T-Pain’s “Booty Wurk (One Cheek At a Time).” Setting the mood from the first song, the group really gave the crowd a taste of what they were in for.

It’s no surprise that an indie band would be full of inspiring messages. However, Judah & the Lion lives, breathes, and sings inspiration and inclusivity. During their shows, lead singer Judah Akers makes a point to recognize his audience as family. Akers reminds the crowd to dream, leveling with his listeners with lyrics like “Running scared // Running free // Full of light // Got no money // Yeah, that’s us // Twenty-somethings.”

Akers brought out his supporting acts and further connected with his audience by sharing the all-so-familiar lyrics of The Killer’s “Mr. Brightside.” Singing, dancing, smiling, each member of the audience was truly connecting with the music being fed to their open ears.

Bouncing through their main set with popular hits like “Going to Mars,” “Suit and Jacket,” and “Green Eyes,” the band continued to connect with the hearts of the room. Even the security guards could be heard belting out familiar lyrics.

For a final song, every member of the three bands came out on stage to join the crowd in singing Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me.” Akers left his crowd with three action points as the night closed:

  1. Eat more chocolate.
  2. Be kind to people.
  3. Please listen to more Judah & the Lion, Colony House, and Tall Heights.
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Ryan J , Executive Producer
Portland, OR He/Him

Ryan is a multi-hyphenate digital creative/creator and the founder of downinthepit. You can reach him at [email protected]. #catchyouinthepit


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