Songs Against Slavery will be partnering with the Hope College Concert Series to host a benefit concert at Hope featuring Nashville’s Judah and the Lion on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
With its second-full length album, “Folk Hop N Roll,” Judah and the Lion shines a light on the place where the band’s influences overlap with the album’s wide-ranging sound. Opening for Judah and the Lion will be The Greeting Committee, a band formed in 2014 consisting of four high schoolers who quickly caught national attention. The night will also include an awareness portion for the members of the audience on what sex trafficking looks like in West Michigan and how they can join the fight.
Judah and the Lion is an independent band whose success has arrived through the band’s own touring and has built a large, loyal fan base on the road. The band played 150 shows in 2015 alone, stretching gigs all across America and Scandinavia. Along the way, the band shared stages with artists like Mat Kearney, Drew Holcomb and Ben Rector. Judah and the Lion’s music comes from many influences that cumulate in a blend of folk instruments, focusing on the band’s musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will support the West Michigan work of Women at Risk International, which is a nonprofit organization that unites and educates women to create circles of protection and hope around at-risk women and children through culturally sensitive, value-added intervention projects.
Tickets for the concert are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show for the general public, $10 for Hope students, and $15 for members of the college’s faculty and staff, and are available at the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets are also available online.
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., at College Avenue and 12th Street.