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Matisyahu expands “Festival of Light”

By Patrick Luce Oct 19, 2010, 0:01 GMT

Matisyahu expands “Festival of Light”

Although reggae\'s religious overtones are often overshadowed by the music\'s ties to ganja and the hippie movement, there are some socially active or religious leaning artists out there. One of the newest comes in the unlikely figure of a young Hasidic Jew named Matisyahu. Singing with a slight ghetto patois, in Yiddish, and even displaying considerable beat-box skills, the New Yorker is at his best when he works himself into ...more

Matisyahu announced plans to take his annual Hanukkah celebration, Festival of Light, on tour. The series of shows, historically 8 shows in New York City and Brooklyn, will expand to additional northeast U.S. cities due to increasing demand.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on November 29 at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl. Matisyahu will perform four nights in Brooklyn - one show at the Brooklyn Bowl and three shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg - marking the fifth year in a row that he has brought his Festival of Light to hometown crowds.

He’ll then head to Albany, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia before wrapping in Portland, ME on the last night of Hanukkah.

Tickets go on sale on to the public on Friday, October 22nd while Matisyahu will hold a special pre-sale for his fans through Twitter and Facebook. 

The Festival of Light is expected to offer audiences a career-spanning look at Matisyahu’s lauded catalogue. The shows will feature his most beloved songs as well as Matisyahu’s hand-picked selections for his fans.

A very special re-mastered version of Matisyahu's debut record, ‘Shake Off The Dust,’ will be released around these shows.  In keeping with the tradition of Festival of Light, fans can expect a very diverse group of support acts and special guests to be a part of these shows. 

Known for never performing the same show twice, Matisyahu has created a custom-built live experience for his audiences during each of these eight performances. Backed by his band, Brooklyn’s The Dub Trio, Matisyahu has rediscovered his love for roots reggae, beautifully exhibited in each song’s vocal and instrumental arrangements.

Matisyahu recently recorded the follow-up to his groundbreaking Live at Stubb’s album at famed music venue Stubb’s in Austin, TX. Live at Stubb's: Vol II, set for release in early 2011, will be the first release from Matisyahu since his 2009 critically acclaimed studio album Light, which debuted inside the Billboard Top 20.

The original Live at Stubb's album, released on April 19, 2005, has sold 694,892 copies to date, reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart and spawned one of Matisyahu's most recognizable anthems, Top 40 hit "King Without A Crown."

Matisyahu Festival of Light Dates:

11/29/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/30/10 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/1/10  Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
12/4/10  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/5/10  Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/6/10  Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
12/7/10  Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
12/8/10  Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts
12/9/10  Portland, ME @ State Theatre



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