Matisyahu Tour/Album


On October 18, Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu will begin an extensive fall tour across North America, including stops in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The tour coincides with the release of his upcoming EP, Shattered (Epic Records, October 21). The four-song EP features tracks from his new full-length album, Light (due out in early 2009). Matisyahu will guide fans through songs from this forthcoming album during listening parties after each show on the fall tour.

Produced by David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Sublime), Shattered features songs from Matisyahu's forthcoming album recorded and mixed in Jamaica, New York, Los Angeles and Virginia. Several guest artists contribute to the four-song EP: ground-breaking Jamaican reggae rhythm section Sly & Robbie (drums and bass, "Two Child One Drop" and "I Will Be Light") Stephen McGregor (co-producer, keyboards, drum-programming, "Smash Lies") son of legendary reggae artist Freddie McGregor and among Jamaica's youngest and most innovative young producers, Fish (drums, "So Hi So Lo") and Norwood Fisher (bass, "So Hi So Lo") of the legendary L.A. alt-punk-ska band Fishbone and experimental turntablist Ooah from the Glitch Mob (co-producer, co-writer, drum programming on "Two Child One Drop").

Matisyahu Tour Dates
10/18/08 Sat The Rave/Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
10/19/08 Sun The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
10/22/08 Wed Murat Egyptian Room Indianapolis, IN
10/23/08 Thu The Fillmore Detroit (State Theatre) Detroit, MI
10/25/08 Sat Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
10/26/08 Sun Magic City Music Hall Johnson City, NY
10/28/08 Tue Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
10/29/08 Wed Orpheum Theater Boston, MA
10/30/08 Thu Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
11/01/08 Sat Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD
11/02/08 Sun Wellmont Theater Montclair, NJ
11/03/08 Mon Sixth and I Historic Synagogue Washington, DC
11/04/08 Tue Burruss Auditorium Blacksburg, VA
11/06/08 Thu The NorVa Norfolk, VA
11/08/08 Sat Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
11/09/08 Sun House of Blues New Orleans, LA
11/10/08 Mon House of Blues Houston, TX
11/11/08 Tue Stubb's BBQ Austin, TX
11/13/08 Thu Palladium Ballroom/Loft Dallas, TX
11/15/08 Sat Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
11/17/08 Mon House of Blues San Diego, CA
11/18/08 Tue Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
11/20/08 Thu The Grove Of Anaheim Anaheim, CA
11/22/08 Sat House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
11/23/08 Sun The Warfield San Francisco, CA
11/24/08 Mon The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
11/26/08 Wed Harry O's Park City, UT
11/29/08 Sat Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
11/30/08 Sun Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
12/06/08 Sat Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY
12/07/08 Sun The Cannery Nashville, TN
12/09/08 Tue The Blue Note Columbia, MO
12/11/08 Thu Bogart's Cincinnati, OH
12/14/08 Sun House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
12/16/08 Tue Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
12/17/08 Wed Metropolis Montreal, QC
12/18/08 Thu Higher Ground Burlington, VT

[Published on: 9/23/08]

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Cosmicsailor Tue 9/23/2008 12:32PM
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Thanks for the Baltimore stop. See you in Nov...

maze920 Tue 9/23/2008 12:44PM
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That is gonna be one tired dude after that tour schedule. Made me tired just looking at it.

jordonimo Tue 9/23/2008 12:52PM
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i don't know how to pronounce his name

toeknee420 Tue 9/23/2008 01:09PM
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moephishH2O Tue 9/23/2008 01:10PM
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^ Mah - tis - Yahoo

No Pac. NW love... weak sauce...

Ter Tue 9/23/2008 01:25PM
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River Tue 9/23/2008 01:48PM
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to bad you picked thwe worst venue in cinci. bogarts sucks balls. only a jew would pick that spot.(and im jewish, and work there) what a wink a dink. but no offence to anyone. im jewish, but bogarts in cincinnati seriously sucks worse then the tweetercenter in new jersey.

WilsonA Tue 9/23/2008 02:44PM
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I feel you beerman, I can't stand Bogart's either.

iwantstogetfunkedup Tue 9/23/2008 08:30PM
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Lost interest after his second record sounded exactly like his first.

lovemusicfood star Tue 9/23/2008 09:06PM
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Should be a fun night if you are in a local college Hillel.

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he was a phish kid before he found religion :)

mmmFriedFrogLegs Wed 9/24/2008 05:13AM
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this guy seems merely a novelty act to me. ive seen him a few times by himself and just didnt get it. i think the only time i really enjoyed his style was hearin him cover beastie boys stuff with bisco even then i just didnt feel it that much. also i feel like he throws around the whole phish tour thing entirely to much to get credibility with the live music crowd, because in my opinion his live show is lacking alot of improv or idiosyncracy as far as individual shows go. just not my cup of tea.

toeknee420 Wed 9/24/2008 05:14AM
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Who gives a shit. He still blows goats.

rainydaywomen420 Wed 9/24/2008 07:19AM
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I thought this dude went away.

Conjugal Burning Wed 9/24/2008 09:01AM
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Conjugal Burning

I saw him a few times and his band completely tore it up. Once he let them go off, they went nutso and it was sweet. I third the opinion that Bogarts in Cincy blows. No re-entry at a non-smoking venue= nazi security measures. I dont smoke tobacco but these smoking bans effect all of us man! especially us who partake in herbal recreations

Flat5 Wed 9/24/2008 09:13AM
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he's putting out an EP of songs from his upcoming album. then he will guide us through his new album after the show. weird

HoodooVoodoo Wed 9/24/2008 09:48AM
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I saw this dude at Coachella a few years back. The dude does have some talent but I don't really see much longevity for him. The whole Hassidic Jew shtick is kind of lame. Not to bag on his religion, but I have a hard time dealing with many fundamentalist religious doctrines. The guy won't even shake a woman's hand or allow female vocalists to open for him. I wonder what his views on the Palestinians are.

thedrugsworkgreat Wed 9/24/2008 09:54AM
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I think I saw a picture of Matisyahoo on

phisherman81 Wed 9/24/2008 12:14PM
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I agree with Terry, this guy is no good and his set in Portland was weak...his music lacks variety and the whole beatbox thing is just stupid. The only reason dude gets any attention is that Umphreys fans under the age of 20 have no idea what hip-hop is and mistake his "act" as real music. This guy should go away...

phunkle Wed 9/24/2008 03:28PM
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I'm not Jewish and have not seen him live, so I realize my opinion might not mean shit. But, listening to his music, especially the "live at Stubb's" you can really feel the deepness of what he's saying. I may not agree with his message totally, or his religion, but I appreciate the heart and soul he puts into what he's doing. That album has made me wanna see him live, but everyone's comments concerns me. Does he do a 45-minute set every show, or was that a festival slot?

Ter Wed 9/24/2008 04:06PM
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1st couple times I heard him a few yrs. back I thought the same thing. WOW! this is alright. But its not. Just an FYI if you see him outdoors and its on a Friday he will stop playing at sundown for the Sabbith. Maybe next time he will schedule his shows better so he is not on basically at sundown. MATISYAHU should just go away. Not trying to hate but he really is just crap.

futhepharmer Wed 9/24/2008 07:10PM
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Met him and gotta photo with him at moe.down '05 or'06. He was chill and a pretty thoughtful dude. His music is OK. just OK. The shows just aren't that high energy. I wouldn't say for him to go away tho...just don't go if you don't like it.

goatman_H Wed 9/24/2008 07:43PM
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yo terr-ell theres no fridays on that entire schedule bro

motonibur starstarstarstar Wed 9/24/2008 08:07PM
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i like matisyahu and his band really does tear shit up. he just rap/sings about what he is about...and you gotta give the guy credit for being original...i dunno when i saw him they kinda blew me away..maybe it was his band more.

Ter Thu 9/25/2008 10:46AM
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That is good news for all the huge Matisyahu fans then. Hopefully he puts on a better show for ya'll. I just wanted to let everyone know the scoop. Cheers! and have a great time.

lovemusicfood star Thu 9/25/2008 11:41AM
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Let's look at his religion from a production stand point. His first show on the tour is on a Saturday in Milwaukee, WI. His sabbath ends on sun down on Saturday. The show starts @ 7:30pm. This means(according the The club's website)that the doors open at 6:30pm. This means that Matisyahu and the 2 opening acts must be sound checked by 6:30pm for the doors to be open on time. According to a sunrise/sunset time talbe on a website from the Navy the sun will set in Milwaukee on Oct. 18th @ 5:03pm. This means that Matisyahu and friends can leave @ 5:03pm from wherever they have been holed up since Friday afternoon(since he can't do anything on Friday afternoon or Saturday other than pray and eat) then drive to the venue then set up all of their equipment, then sound check 3 bands all by 6:30. I highly doubt it. One could say that his band might actually show up and set up all of their stuff on Friday before sunset, although very highly unlikely, considering other events at venues. This is even more unlikely considering all of the Saturday night shows on his tour.

lovemusicfood star Thu 9/25/2008 11:45AM
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My bad... It is possible that Matisyahu(management) have arranged for back line to be ready for the band(s) when they arrive. This though still seems hypocritical as most likely the venue would set up the back line during Matisyahu's holy time.

MutilatedLips Thu 9/25/2008 10:46PM
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I cant say much for his live performances, I think he sounds better in studio. He has some really beautiful lyrics, even though Im ethnicaly half jewish but disagree with Zionism. I feel like understand him in some ways from a spiritual point of view, I support what he's doing. Im thinking about going to his show because he's touring with K'Naan, who is a really amazing hiphop/reggae performer. I saw him with Damian Marley last year and he was unbelievable!

Conjugal Burning Fri 9/26/2008 09:04AM
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Conjugal Burning

i thought K'Naan was a tribal, earthy, slightly heavy jam centric band

Conjugal Burning Fri 9/26/2008 09:07AM
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Conjugal Burning

my bad, i guess he is a rapper. damn i was pretty stoked for the band i had in mind, but he does seem worth checking out

MutilatedLips Fri 9/26/2008 01:33PM
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Conjugal, you are thinking of Kan'Nal, who is very worth checking out as well. Ive seen them a couple times and was very impressed.