Hurricane Relief Support Becomes Focus of Sept. 1 Traditions Rally at Baylor

August 27, 2017

Free community-wide event serves as a collection site for specific items for Hurricane relief efforts; features football pep rally, Kids Zone, skydive team, Judah & the Lion concert and fireworks

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 27, 2017) – Judah & the Lion, one of Nashville's most genre-bending bands, will headline Baylor University’s annual Traditions Rally on Friday, Sept. 1, on Fountain Mall.

The free, community-wide event celebrates the upcoming football season as the Bears prepare to open against Liberty at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at McLane Stadium.

Hurricane relief collection sites

During this weekend’s campus events, the Baylor Family is invited to support those impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s flooding and storm damage by bringing bottled water and supplies to collection sites on Baylor’s campus.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, the Hurricane Response PODS will be located on Fifth Street near the SUB and the Traditions Rally event. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, ahead of Baylor’s season opening football game, Hurricane Response PODS will be located on Fifth Street (drive-thru drop off), in the Ferrell Center parking lot and near the Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium.

Among the items most needed in the affected areas are:

  • Bottled water
  • Toiletries: Soap, shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Diapers
  • Powdered baby formula
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Dog food
  • Complete Hygiene Kits that include washcloth, soap, razor, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant

Baylor has established, which will provide updates about how the community can assist in relief efforts.

Traditions Rally events

In addition to the free concert, the Traditions Rally will include a Kids Zone with inflatables, a video game party truck and free snow cones for kids 12 and under; a four-man parachute jump team; and pep rally, featuring the Golden Wave Marching Band, spirit squads and Bruiser, President Linda A. Livingstone, Coach Matt Rhule, Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades and members of the Bears’ 2017 football team.

Food and drink will be sold throughout the event from local food trucks and vendors. After the Judah & the Lion concert, the celebration will close out with a fireworks show.

“The event line-up this year will continue a great tradition of kicking off the Baylor football season with the Baylor and Waco communities in grand fashion,” said Matt Burchett, director of student activities, “There will be something for everyone with great music, games, fireworks, skydivers and plenty of Baylor spirit.”

Location and event times

  • 5:30 p.m.: Event, food trucks and vendors open to the public
  • 7 p.m.: Pep Rally
  • 8 p.m.: Judah & the Lion in concert, followed by a fireworks show

Free public parking is available in any of the lots on the Baylor campus. A list of available parking and maps is available at
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About Judah & the Lion

With “Take It All Back” spending three weeks at No. 1 on Alternative Radio Top 10 and hitting Top 15 at Hot AC, Judah & the Lion are making strides, headlining over the summer with Incubus, Jimmy Eat World and Twenty One Pilots.

With the recent release of their second full-length album, “Folk Hop N Roll,” Judah & the Lion has become one of Nashville’s most genre-bending bands. The record offers wide-ranging tracks with fuzz bass, hip-hop percussion, banjo riffs and super-sized melodies, creating a sound that belongs entirely to them. The band also is on the brink of achieving their second Alternative Radio Top 10 this year with “Suit and Jacket.”

“This record was made for the live show,” says lead vocalist Judah Akers, who shares the stage with drummer Spencer Cross, mandolin player Brian Macdonald, banjo wiz Nate Zuercher, rhythm guitarist and accordion player Dylan Oglesby and pianist Daniel Weatherby. “Our shows are all about the experience we share with our fans. We know that people work everyday jobs or go to school, and they’re dealing with life, and yet they’re still choosing to spend the night with us. We don’t take that lightly. We give them an experience. All the songs are made with that in mind. They’re fun, carefree and youthful, and we live our lives that way too.”

Their debut record, “Like Kids These Days,” climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard Folk Chart and No. 2 on the genre-wide Heatseekers chart after its release in 2014.

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