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Matisyahu brings Festival of Light tour to The Sherman


Although he has shaved off his signature half-a-decade-old beard, Hasidic reggae-rapper Matisyahu is still delivering his music with familiar power and soul. The Grammy-nominated recording artist will take his annual Hanukkah celebration, “Festival of Light” on tour this winter with a stop at The Sherman Theater, in Stroudsburg on Dec. 11.
The show will be “An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu,” offering audiences a career-spanning look at his musical catalogue including hits “One Day”, “King Without A Crown”, and “Jerusalem” as well as an in-depth look at the creation and background of Matisyahu’s most recent album, Spark Seeker. Fans will have the opportunity to ask the artist questions, as well as listen to Matisyahu tell stories about his artistic and spiritual journey.
“It’s very stripped down,” Matisyahu said. “It’s going to be me and my guitar player, Dave Holmes from Dub Trio. There is still a bit of improvisation; I beat-box and he plays a lot of different styles and gets lost in different sounds. It’s still a very full sound, but it’s much more stripped back. It’s more about the songs, the words and the voice. It’s more intimate and raw. Sometimes people come to my rock shows and say, “We wish we could hear your voice more.” The rock show is very loud; so for that kind of a person, this is the right kind of show. It’s always about connection with the audience, but it’s a different type of connection.”
This past summer, Matisyahu released his fourth studio album, Spark Seeker, which debuted in the Billboard Top 20 to wide critical acclaim, co-headlined an extensive tour with the Dirty Heads and made his acting debut in the #1 box-office hit film, The Possession.
Matisyahu has infused new music on Spark Seeker, mixing ancient traditional sounds with electro beats, rapping and singing, and further evolving his own sound with each new release. “The very first record I put out was a blending of roots reggae, but it was also blending Judaism and Jewish concepts with that style of music. Everything since then is a blend of reggae, rock and hip hop. I’ve always been about blending. It changes and evolves on every record depending on the music that I’m listening to. Being a musician or an artist is about creating things that are inspiring to you. For me, that’s constantly changing. Ever since I was a little kid I was never interested in one thing; I have always been a person who likes lots of different things. I like a lot of different styles and I’ve always tried to create my own sound through my own interpretation of all these different styles and bring them together.”
— tom graham

An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu, part of the “Festival of Light” tour will take place Tuesday, Dec. 11 at The Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with show time at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, $25, and $50 (VIP Reception ticket). Visit www.shermantheater.com to purchase tickets and for more information. In light of the recent storms in the Northeast and the aftermath caused by Hurricane Sandy, Matisyahu will donate $1 from every ticket sold during the pre-sale to Hurricane Sandy relief.

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