Judah & The Lion, scheduled for Saturday, September 7, is cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase. The change is a result of structural concerns with the Portsmouth amphitheater’s roof. The City of Portsmouth will keep the venue closed for the entire year while installing a replacement for the roof.
Judah (guitar), Brian MacDonald (mandolin), and Nate Zuercher (banjo) craft songs unique in their one-of-a kind sound — a heart-pounding whirl blending folk, bluegrass, rock, hip-hop and electronic production.
Judah & the Lion formed at Nashville's Belmont University in 2011. Judah was from nearby Cookeville with a love for folk guitar. Brian, from Chicago, was obsessed with piano. Coloradan Nate was a son of symphony players but preferred metal.
Their differences were their strength as they crafted their sound over a bluegrass-heavy debut, “Kids These Days” and a mold-breaking follow-up, “Folk Hop n' Roll” recorded in two just weeks.
In 2017, their triumphant "Take It All Back" topped the alternative songs chart for three consecutive weeks, paving the way for a Best New Rock/Alternative Artist win at the 2018 iHeartRadio Awards.
The band performs its Top 10 single “Over My Head” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s Outdoor Stage on Tuesday, March 19.
Judah & the Lion released a new track “Why Did You Run” from the forthcoming album that includes the previously released singles “Over My Head,” “Quarter-Life Crisis,” “Pep Talks,” and “Pictures” (featuring Kacey Musgraves).