Judah and the Lion Sell Out South St.

Judah and the Lion brought their band yet again to “The City of Brotherly Love” Friday evening. After making roughly 5 appearances locally over the last year or so in or around they city, things were different this time. The marquee on the front of the TLA on South St. (one of the most iconic venues in the cities’ music scene) was emblazoned with “Judah and the Lion” as the headliner. This show sold out in minutes over the summer and is a true reflection of what the band’s fans, especially those in Philadelphia think of them. Personally, this is one of my favorite bands i’ve seen over the last 16 months that have taken off. The sound, lyric content, performance, vibe and overall feel from their entrance on the stage until final goodbye is high powered and influential. Tonight’s setlist was similar to other as the band opened with the high energy cover version of T-Pain’s “Booty Wurk”, half way through they covered The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” then went into “Suit & Jacket”. After playing roughly an hour and a half they ended with “Rich Kids” and “Take it All Back” before exiting and returning for a one song encore of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” in which Judah called out both opening acts to join him on stage to lean on each other as well as having the entire audience join each other with hands on shoulders as the swayed back and forth singing along in a very surreal moment of unity. One other notable interaction was following “Rich Kids”. Judah took to the crowd and remarked how “we all come from different walks of life, we all have different addictions and depressions as well as our own personal positive qualities that vary amongst us” he added that (while pointing at the doors to leave) “I just want you to know when you walk out those doors tonight, no matter what situation you are in, it is possible to do anything that you want that you put your mind to” Which ended in the biggest ovation of the evening. This band has special going on, you can feel it when you see them, even if your eyes are closed.

 

Brad

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