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Matisyahu

Matisyahu

from: White Plains, NY
Genre: Reggae/Pop

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Matisyahu Biography
Matisyahu (Matthew Miller)

Matisyahu was born Matthew Miller on June 30, 1979, in West Chester, PA. His family moved to Berkeley, CA, which they eventually ditched for White Plains, NY. Miller initially rebelled against his traditional Jewish upbringing, considering himself a hippie by his early teens. But at the age of 14, during a camping trip in Colorado, he reconciled himself to Judaism and visited Israel shortly thereafter.

After returning to White Plains, he dropped out of high school and traveled the country to attend Phish concerts. Back at home again, he agreed to let his parents send him to a wilderness school in Bend, OR, where he became enamored of reggae and hip-hop, and began rapping at open-mike competitions. He returned to New York at 19 to attend the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, but also joined the Carlebach Shul, a synagogue where his musical interests were encouraged. Meeting a Lubavitch rabbi, he became interested in the strict Lubavitch Hasidic sect of Judaism and renamed himself Matisyahu.

Continuing to perform, Matisyahu assembled a backing band consisting of guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Josh Werner, and drummer Jonah David. The final product, Youth, appeared in March 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Reggae Album. A simultaneously released dub version of the album was made available to mail-order customers.

Meanwhile, Matisyahu's backing musicians chose to release additional material on their own, adopting the name Roots Tonic for the side project. Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell marked the group's debut in May 2006, and by the end of the year the EP/DVD combo No Place to Be was also released. Jonah David dropped out of the band in June 2007, however, and Roots Tonic effectively disbanded, despite the enlistment of replacement drummer Skoota Warner.

The entire group (sans David) turned its focus back to Matisyahu instead, and Light marked the singer's third LP upon its release in August 2009. Two years later Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2 would appear, this time with a companion DVD release.

For his 2012 release, Matisyahu has reverted his look back to more like his past. He has shaved his beard and begun to tour with a look that is less familiar to his fan base. RMTV was present at one of his July 2012 performances.
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Matisyahu on tour
2017-11-24
McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom
Portland, OR, US

2017-11-25
Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA, US

2017-11-28
The Depot
Salt Lake City, UT, US

2017-11-29
Aggie Theatre
Fort Collins, CO, US

2017-11-30
Belly Up Aspen
Aspen, CO, US

2017-12-01
Mesa Theater & Club
Grand Junction, CO, US

2017-12-02
Gothic Theatre
Englewood, CO, US

2017-12-03
Slowdown
Omaha, NE, US

2017-12-05
First Avenue and 7th St Entry - Mainroom
Minneapolis, MN, US

2017-12-06
Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI, US


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