Colony House, Tall Heights and Judah & The Lion @ The Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
Review & Photography by: Tariq Abdellatif
Judah & The Lion does not care about the way they dance, they just want their audience to move with them. The audience did just that at the Roseland Theater on Monday, February 19. The first opener was the band Tall Heights, who delivered a slower yet calming performance of clear vocals and a sort of warmth that relaxed the audience. Next up was a crowd favorite, Colony House, who brought an essence of cool confidence and brotherhood on stage. If you didn’t know the band it would be easy to tell the bandmates all shared a type of bond the way they performed together and sang together towards the end of their set.
Judah & The Lion, a band founded in Tennessee, has a sound difficult to classify. As indicated by the title of their second full-length album, Folk Hop N’ Roll, released in 2016, the band combines the sounds of pop, hip-hop and folk. The combination of these genres creates an entirely different style of performance for the crowd to enjoy. This is why the band encourages people to dance to their own style and frontman, Judah Akers, served as a fearless dance leader. Akers’ electric energy was wild, fearless and just awkward enough to make everyone watching him want to move the same way. The Judah & The Lion set was vivid, and the band knew exactly how to get the crowd comfortable enough to dance along with their music.