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Judah And The Lion Roars At House Of Blues


March 22nd, 2018

Nashville up-and-comers Judah and the Lion played to a rafters-packed-scrunched-room-only crowd at the House of Blues last night.

The trio, backed by a capable set of touring drummer and guitarists, played a hundred minutes show showcasing their Americana style of rock.  Out backing the re-release of their 2016 album Folk Hop 'N' Roll as a deluxe album, the Going To Mars edition is also the moniker of their current tour.

Coming to prominence in 2011, the trio is fronted by Judah Akers, features Brian MacDonald on mandolin, and Nate Zuercher on banjo.   Their touring band is rounded out by Troy Bruner behind the kit, Daniel Weatherby on keys, and Dylan Oglesby on guitar.


Support acts Colony House and Tall Heights came onstage at various points to join in on the action.  Their infectious brand of power pop infused the venue; their hit "Back's Against The Wall," a mid-set offering, really got the place shaking.  


Kicking off the  evening with "Twenty Somethings" and "Kickin' Da Leaves," frontman Akers implored that, while the crowd was in the HOB,  they were all of "one mind and spirit."  His acolytes on the opposite side of the barrier agreed and swayed in unison, at one point jumping up and down.  I'm sure the seismograph at Cleveland State measured the ground quaking when the band lit into "Mr. Brightside," an interesting cover of The Killers' tune.


The band's come a long way since the last time they played the House of Blues.  Their last performance here, according to Akers, had about 150 attendees.  At last night's show, it was almost impossible to navigate the crowd, mostly millenials at home from college on Spring break, as they were packed in tight up to the barrier.  Even the balcony and its seating area was chock full.


Emulating the current trend in "Americana" music, bluesy, folksy rock punctuated with a dab of country cred via a mandolin and banjo, this trio appears to be going places, mainly upward.  It's an intoxicating mishmash of genres and Akers and company pull it off well. 

Photos and Review by Brian M. Lumley




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