With chart topping hits like "Take It All Back" and "Suit and Jacket," bluegrass-hip hop-rock band Judah & the Lion are touring the U.S. and will make a stop in Decorah to perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, in Luther College's Regents Center. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets for the performance are $40 and can be purchased at tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected] The Ticket Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Members of Judah & the Lion grew up in separate regions of the United States, listening to diverse genres of music. Coming to Tennessee for college brought the band members and their love of folk, hip-hop, rock and roll and pop music together. Comprised of front man Judah Akers, mandolin player Brian Macdonald and banjo player Nate Zuercher, Judah & the Lion "wanted to make something raw, something with attitude… so why not make an album that has the grit of Run DMC or Beastie Boys, along with all the folk instruments that we play?" Playing more than 150 shows in 2015 alone, the group has tried to remain an independent band whose success has come through touring. The tour stop in Decorah will open with a performance by singer-songwriter Billy Raffoul.
Named iHeartRadio's Artist on the Verge, for their single "Take It All Back," the band began to climb the charts of alternative radio. At the beginning of 2017, they topped the charts for three weeks. In early 2017, Judah & the Lion, recorded four new songs for the Going to Mars Collection. A recent release Suit and Jacket debuted on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in September 2017 and again topped the alternative charts. Touring in 2018, the group released the new single "Going to Mars" in February.
Sharing stages with artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Ben Rector and Incubus, the group cares about the experience they give the audience. "We throw an absolute rage. And all the songs were made with that in mind. They're fun, carefree, and youthful, and we live our lives that way, too."
The performance is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council Concerts Committee.
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