Judah & the Lion, an alternative band from Nashville, Tennessee, performed at the Knitting Factory on Tuesday night. As the concert began, the band was hidden behind a hanging white cloth so only lights and silhouettes could show through. At the first strum, the crowd’s anticipation blossomed and the curtain came down to reveal the band rocking out. 

Justin Hoertz, a concert goer,  got tickets for his birthday from a friend despite never being a fan beforehand. He has been listening to Judah and the Lion for a week and loves them.

“I think that I was given them (tickets) because it would be new and exciting, and it has been,” Hoertz said.

From instrument to costume changes, not to mention a banjo solo, the stage was active and bursting with energy. The lights and special effects added to the performance.

The audience ranged from small children to seniors, showing the scope of people that this music reaches. At times the band was more folk sounding but in the next song, the banjo would be replaced with an electric guitar, becoming much more rock sounding. 

Morann Johnson, mother of three, brought her kids because Judah & the Lion is a family favorite. The family have been big fans for three years.

“The kids were too young to go to the last one when they came to Spokane, but we are definitely not going to miss another one,” Johnson said.

The packed crowd became a part of the show as Judah & the Lion doled out lyrics and dance moves so everyone felt like they were part of the band. Judah Akers, the lead singer, repeatedly yelled to the crowd, “No spectators tonight, we are all part of this show together.”

From swaying, to jumping, to dancing, it was easy to see how much this fan base supports the band. During a short silence between two songs, a small girl screamed at the top of her lungs, “I love you, Judah!” and then proceeded to cry when a band member looked over in our direction. 

“My favorite song is ‘Forever, Always’ but I love them all,” said Jamie Maine, a Judah & the Lion fan of two to three years. She was there with her boyfriend, Aron Fairbanks, who was excited to support Maine after only hearing the band in the car ride to the concert.

Smiles were visible everywhere throughout the concert, both on and off stage. This concert meant a lot to many of the audience members, but Spokane made an impact on the band too.

Shelby Walker is a contributor. 

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