Nightlife & Entertainment
November 20, 2019

97X Next Big Thing Post-Party Set for Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Sunday, November 24 Will Feature Judah & the Lion

97X Next Big Thing Post-Party Set for Hard Rock Cafe Tampa Sunday, November 24  Will Feature Judah & the Lion

Hard Rock Cafe in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will once again host the 97X Next Big Thing post-party on Sunday, November 24, beginning at 11 p.m.

The event will feature an acoustic performance by Judah & the Lion, an alternative band from Nashville, Tennessee. In support of their latest album – Pep Talks – the group recently appeared on Late Night with Seth Myers and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Judah & the Lion was formed when group members Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald and Nate Zuercher were students at Belmont University in Nashville. While there, the band won Belmont’s 2012 Christian showcase and Best of the Best competitions. Their first EP, First Fruits, was a Christian worship collection. Ultimately, the band moved away from being a strictly Christian group.

The group rose to stardom in early 2017 after releasing the single “Take It All Back,” which reached number 19 on the Hot AC Chart and the number one spot on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart for three consecutive weeks. The single was eventually certified gold.

The post-party will follow two days of performances by a variety of artists at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday, November 22, and Sunday, November 24. Night one will feature The Killers, while the second night will spotlight The 1975.

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About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is one of the largest and most successful casinos in the world offering award-winning gaming, hospitality and entertainment. The casino features nearly 5,000 of the hottest slot machines, 179 table games and a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables. Additionally, the property offers a smoke-free Mezzanine Level Casino. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers ten restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill, as well as the new elegant Italian restaurant, Cipresso. Recent openings include a new hotel tower, an elevated arrival experience, the Hard Rock Event Center and Rock Spa® & Salon. The resort is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.​

About Hard Rock®

With venues in 75 countries spanning 259 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. In 2019, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s America’s Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and No. 1 in J.D. Power’s 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study among Upper Upscale Hotel Chains. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit or