Judah & the Lion at the Fillmore Detroit

Judah & the Lion stopped by the Fillmore Detroit as part of their Pep Talks Tour! Their Pep Talks album came out earlier this year and they played quite a few of their new songs, like “Quarter-Life Crisis,” “i’m ok,” “JOYBOY,” and “Why Did You Run?” to name a few. They also played some older songs, including probably their most well known song, “Take It All Back” and even included a cover of Blink 182’s “All the Small Things,” which definitely was a pleasant surprise! Judah & the Lion originates from Nashville, TN and although their music can fit into many different genres, their folk roots are evident with their use of a banjo and mandolin in many of their songs.

This was my first time seeing Judah & the Lion perform, and right from the beginning I knew this would be an amazing show. Frontman Judah Akers just has a way to draw the audience in and make everyone feel like a family for a night. At one point during “GoofBallerz,” he was encouraging everyone to dance and not worry what others were thinking which is exactly what the song is about. It’s clear this band makes having fun a high priority at their shows, and it was easy to catch the band members’ contagious smiles and energy throughout their performance.

Although, a lot of Judah & and Lion’s music is catchy and fun, some songs tackle heavy subjects, although still filled with hope, which is most evident in songs like “Queen Songs / human.” Judah started out by talking about how much this song means to him and encouraging everyone to sing along with him and his acoustic guitar, with the rest of the band joining in later. I appreciate the honesty and vulnerability in a lot of these songs and it’s clear their fans personally connect with the lyrics. All in all, Judah & the Lion put on an amazing show. The band members were extremely fun to watch and made sure the audience stayed engaged. I saw some of the most ridiculous and amazing dance moves both from Judah and almost everyone in the crowd, and loved the amazing light show. I loved the energy I saw both onstage and from everyone around me, and loved the emotion and passion portrayed through each song. But, what I enjoyed most was just how fun Judah & the Lion is and how they wanted to make sure everyone was having a great time. A band that really cares about connecting with fans shows a lot about who they are. I walked in not knowing a lot of their songs, but walked out really feeling connected and excited to listen to their music on the drive home!

Catch Judah & the Lion at one of their remaining dates of their Pep Talks World Tour!

10/3 - Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK

10/4 - The Jones Assembly - Oklahoma City, OK

10/5 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX

10/9 - The Fillmore New Orleans - New Orleans, LA

10/10 - South Side Ballroom - Dallas, TX

10/11 - Revention Music Center - Houston, TX

10/12 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, TX

10/15 - The Union - Salt Lake City, UT

10/16 - The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ

10/17 - The Observatory North Park - San Diego, CA

10/18 - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA

10/19 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA

10/21 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR

10/22 - Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA

10/23 - Paramount Theatre - Seattle, WA

10/24 - Orpheum - Vancouver, BC

10/26 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB

10/27 - Union Hall - Edmonton, AB

10/31 - Palace Theatre - Saint Paul, MN

11/1 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA

11/2 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL

11/7 - House of Blues Orlando - Orlando, FL

11/8 - Coca-Cola Roxy - Atlanta, GA

11/15 - ATLive - Atlanta, GA

11/23 - Riptide Music Festival - Fort Lauderdale, FL

11/26 - Dingwalls - London UK

11/28 - Whelan’s - Dublin, Ireland

11/29 - The Art School - Glasgow, UK

11/30 - Les Etoiles - Paris, France

12/1 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium

12/3 - The Cosmopolitan - Las Vegas, NV