Judah & The Lion At Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre | PHOTOS

Judah & The Lion with Flora Cash played the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Thursday, August 22nd

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Judah & The Lion’s Pep Talks World Tour stopped in Charlotte Thursday night. Although bookended by a couple of thunderstorms, the show wasn’t delayed by any lightning or heavy rain and Swedish duo, Flora Cash opened proceedings at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre as the sun began to shine again.

At sunset, Nashville’s Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald, and Nate Zuercher took the stage behind a large sheet, the audience only seeing their silhouettes dart around the canvas as light’s pulsed behind them while Judah & The Lion played their opening number. They played a high-energy and fun set, albeit with a slight rest two-thirds of the way through as Akers put down the guitar and took to the piano. The crowd was treated – or confused depending on their age, to a like-for-like cover of Blink 182’s “All The Small Things.” The band also worked in a little Bohemian Rhapsody and what sounded like a Prodigy beat during a drums-only instrumental! Some light rain moved in for the latter half of the show but it was all over before the lightning arrived.

Judah & the Lion is fresh off the release of their third full-length studio album Pep Talks which was released on May 3rd, 2019 via Cletus the Van/Caroline and are hitting the road all fall on their massive Pep Talks Worldwide Tour!

Pep Talks is an intimate look at vocalist/songwriter Judah Akers life that was personally unraveling while the band’s success was skyrocketing. Pep Talks is Judah & the Lion’s first to feature outside collaborators, including Grammy Album of the Year Winner Kacey Musgraves and Alternative staple and past touring mate Jon Bellion. The album debuted at #2 on several Billboard Charts, including Alternative Albums, Rock Albums, Internet Albums, and Independent Albums, #4 Vinyl Albums upon release and has already spawned two Alternative hits – “Over my head” and “Why Did You Run?” which is currently at #12 and climbing!

Since March, the band has made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The TODAY Show, and Good Morning Football, been featured by Billboard, Men’s Health, BUILD Series, Alternative Press and even curated their own issue of Good Grit Magazine.

Judah & the Lion has been a family unto itself since forming at Nashville’s Belmont University in 2011. Judah was from nearby Cookeville, an aspiring baseball player with a secret love for folk guitar. Brian, from Chicagoland, was mostly obsessed with piano. Coloradan Nate was a son of symphony players but preferred metal. Their differences were their strength as they crafted their sound over a bluegrass-heavy debut, Kids These Days, and a mold-breaking follow-up, Folk Hop n’ Roll, both produced by Dave Cobb. In 2017, their triumphant “Take It All Back” topped the alternative songs chart for three weeks in a row, paving the way for a Best New Rock/Alternative Artist win at the 2018 iHeartRadio Awards, numerous TV appearances, and tours with twenty one pilots, Incubus, Kaleo, Jimmy Eat World, and more.