Judah & The Lion brought energy and positivity to the Orpheum last Tuesday night, but the openers were truly what made the performance memorable.
Tall Heights opened the show with the most authentic set of the night. From the first stunning harmony in their initial song “No Man Alive,” this electro-folk duo based out of Boston grabbed the audience's attention. In fact, Tall Heights was the only band of the night that was able to keep the crowd from obnoxiously disrupting their performance.
At one point during their fabulous set, they had us call the person standing next to us and put our phones on top of each other, which created an unbelievable surround-sound humming
Tall Heights blew me away throughout the show with their amazing harmonies and distinct instrumentation. They embraced simplicity and engaged the audience by letting their music do the talking. They should have had much more stage time than the 45 minutes they were allotted. I didn’t feel the typical anticipation after an opener leaves the stage. I wanted more when they walked off after performing their most popular song “Spirit Gold.”
The second band to perform was Colony House, the upbeat alternative rock band from Nashville. They started their set with a bang by walking out one by one to “The Hey Song” before breaking into their one huge hit, “Silhouettes.” They took the risk of opening with their most popular song, and for a
They did have some loyal fans who sang every song at the top of their lungs and jumped throughout each chorus into the rest of the crowd. The only thing keeping me engaged was their phenomenal drummer
Approaching the end of their set, lead singer Caleb Chapman took the stage by himself to perform two memorable acoustic songs. This seemed to help reignite the audience and gave Chapman a chance to
Following his solo, the rest of the band came back out and the audience seemed to reignite for their last two songs, “You and I” and “You Know It.” Colony House did what they were meant to do:
Judah & The Lion attempted to turn their set into a huge dance party. I was worried someone started the wrong backtrack when T-Pain’s “Booty Wurk (One Cheek At a Time)” came on the speakers right as the set was about to start. I was wrong. Judah and his
Judah Akers followed the boy band-
Judah & The Lion never made the focus of the show on their music; they focused on making a party. This was a shame because their music was great when they stayed true to themselves. They do a brilliant job of combining so many different genres in their songs and sounded great
All Judah & The Lion wanted was for everyone to love them. Instead of using their own anthem songs to help excite the crowd, they played frat party favorite, “Mr. Brightside.”
Directly following, Akers gave a
Judah & The Lion had some great moments. Two of the most memorable moments of the set
Judah & The Lion finished the show with their radio hit, “Take It All Back.” It started off great until they tried to be Skrillex and turn their ‘Folk n Roll’ style into hard EDM. Judah & The Lion showed their potential to be an outstanding act, but they simply tried too hard instead of letting their music rule the show.