Matisyahu Broken Crowns Tour 2017
It’s no secret that reggae has influenced electronic dance music (EDM) and that EDM DJs love paying tribute to the Jamaican beats. Just look at Damian Marley and Skrillex’s ‘Make It Bun Dem‘ or GRiZ‘s remix of ‘Welcome to Jam Rock.’ So let’s press pause on the more “traditional” EDM as we highlight a staple artist within the reggae, hip-hop and alternative rock scene: Matisyahu.
Jewish reggae vocalist, beatboxer and dub musician Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller) has been packing clubs for more than 11 years and is currently rounding out the Broken Crowns Tour. His music mixes traditional Jewish themes with modern reggae, rock and hip hop sounds.
Matisyahu, known for his improvisational-jam scene when he found himself with de facto leader of Phish’s front man Trey Anastasio at the 2005 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, has developed a more personal, artistic and sophisticated way to express the yearning for deep spiritual meaning through his music. His performances often match the unpredictable flow of life. Now, more than a decade later since stepping onto the music landscape, Matisyahu has formed a band that truly gives itself over to the music. The band features original Stubbs guitarist and longtime staple of the downtown New York improv scene Aaron Dugan, long-time collaborator Stu Brooks, keyboardist Big Yuki and go-to-drummer Joe Tomino (of Dub Trio).
Originally announced as a fall tour, the Broken Crowns Tour now extended through the end of this year with additional performances including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Grand Rapids brings together Common Kings and Orphan for a performance that remains true to Matisyahu nature: unlike any of its kind. During his 2015 fall tour, video and audio posts of touring moments inspired a steady stream of comments and inquiries asking, “What album is this song on?” His response, “it’s not on any album. It is the song of that moment and that moment only.”
What makes his music so engaging and unmatched is that Matisyahu, a vocalist with no other instrument at his disposal, is an integral creative part in the band’s improvisation. No two performances of a song are alike. Lyrics are rearranged on the spot to serve the energy of the jam, and no instrumentalist is playing simply to demonstrate individual skill.
Be sure to check out remaining tour dates here.