Written & Captured By | Erin Spain
The show opened with Utah-based folk/pop band The National Parks. The 4-member band is made up of Brady Parks (lead vocals and guitar), Sydney Macfarlane (vocals and keys), Cameron Brannelly (drums), and Megan Taylor Parks (vocals and fiddle). Reminiscent of bands like The Civil Wars or Mumford and Sons, their unique acoustic sound sets them apart. While they have explored creating pop music, they returned to their indie folk roots with their last album, Wildflower, in 2020. They recently released their latest single “Angels.”
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Nashville alternative/folk band Judah & the Lion headlined the show, and they were enthusiastic about returning to Atlanta after 3 years away. Consisting of two main members, Judah Akers (lead vocals and guitar) and Brian Macdonald (vocals and mandolin), they released their fourth album, Revival, in June.
The audience was equally excited to have the band back in town after 3 years away, and most of the fans wore green at the band’s request.
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During Judah & the Lion’s set, nostalgia took over and the crowd went wild when they brought The National Parks back on stage to perform a few cover songs with them, including Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You Been Gone” and Creed’s “Higher.”
Both bands’ enthusiasm was felt and shared by the audience. Everyone had a great time singing along.
The upbeat performance was punctuated by a more emotional moment when Judah introduced his grandmother who was watching the show from the balcony, and the band performed the song “Blue Eyes” inspired by Judah’s late grandfather.
While the overall energy of the show was energetic and positive, the band did a great job of balancing that feeling with some of the heavier, intensely personal subject matter of many of their songs.
Overall the show was enjoyed by all, and Judah & the Lion did a great job of making up for lost time.