Win Tickets to Matisyahu at Club Nokia

Okay, he’s a reggae rock star, he’s a Hasidic jew… Hmmmm….does that mean he smokes kosher pot?
If you want to win tickets to see Matisyahu on Sunday, August 15th at Club Nokia… and we’re giving away four pairs… tell us why Reggae music and Judaisms hazzan style of music is an absolute perfect mix! We’ll use a panel of esteemed judges (ahem) to pick the four most heartfelt, or maybe just plain the four most entertaining answers to get the tickets. And remember, put an email that we can reach you at, so if you win we can notify you! (Your email will be hidden from public view….)

And don’t hold back, dig deep, it’s not often you get a guy who can mix it up with beat boxing, reggae, Jewish soul singing and jazz scat.  All I know is that he’s one extraordinarily talented guy who’s pretty deep, if not down right mystical!

And if you don’t win the tickets, check him out anyway.  He’s a great performer!

11 Replies to “Win Tickets to Matisyahu at Club Nokia”

  1. That’s easy…reggae music is a spiritual form, so whether its rasta or Hasidic…the spirituality shines through.

  2. It’s because his music makes me feel chill yet excited at the same time. It’s empowering, yet relaxing.

  3. His music is a great mix, powerful and inspirational. I have waited for YEARS to see him, and I would just die! There aren’t many concerts that I have longed to see. Matisyahu is thought provoking and just has a great style.

  4. Although I’m not a religious man, I believe that the spiritual nature of reggae, at least in the sense of those who follow Rastafarian beliefs, both compliments and accentuates the music and the message. it might be construed as preachy but I believe it’s just someone’s way to express their devotion to whatever beliefs they hold dear. by adapting it with Hazzan prayer, Matisyahu is just taking this music style and making it his own.

  5. anything mixed with r eggae and a natural herb garden (wink wink) can be the ultimate way to spend time with friends on a lazy weekend.

  6. I want you to know that I just googled hazzan and put on “King Without a Crown” before writing this so I could be accurate and inspired…

    Anyways, I was raised Catholic. It doesn’t take a genius to know that our songs were often solemn and of the sit-stand-kneel variety. No fun.

    Matisyahu’s music often ends up on my “chill,” “zen,” or “happy” playlists on iTunes. It’s instant feel-good music.

    If I hadn’t known that he were super religious, I would have never guessed because he’s spiritual without being preachy. I’m not used to this (see Catholic reference above). He’s pretty much a modern day Bob Marley. :)

    -A

  7. I was up front for his set at Coachella a few years ago. I was a fan of his “Live at Stubbs’ album but he was performing at an outdoor music festival, in the late afternoon, so I wasn’t expecting too much. The moment he started, it was something akin to a religious experience. I’m not a spiritual man, but it felt like someone was taking my soul and raising it up to the heaven’s. To this day, it is one of the most intense performances I’ve ever seen. Looking back, I think I may have just had a really extreme contact high.

  8. Matisyahu took something that has been hidden in torah for thousands of years and turned it into a beauty that all can appreciate. Reggae music is about connectivity. Not just mankind, not just the earth but the universe. When you dig deep into judaism, past the big black beards, big black coats, payot and big black hats you find the notion of oneness. Wea and all that is and all that will be and has been are all one. And so when matisyahu sings he is not just singing he is connecting us all into one. Now let’s everyone jam man!

  9. These two styles jump into bed, under the covers. You can feel those smooth connected lines that, after several minutes, seem as if you’ve been kissing someone so long you’re breathing under water with gills.

    One guides the rhythm, the mutual inhale, the exhale. Reggae. The other selflessly gives the linear thread, tugging you in an irresistible direction, begging for conclusion. Hazzan

    But always, patience belongs to jazz. Anyone would wait all night for a juicy lick from either of these forms and make realtime spiritual dream love to whoever is bringing them together.

  10. They’re really the odd couple. Half of the mix is racing to say as much as possible faster than a teenage girl can describe what happened at school today. The other half lags so far behind you’re still waiting for all of yesterday to catch up to tomorrow’s next down beat, which explains the multiple meter changes, kinda like leap year in musical terms. As a listener, you become the music, pushing your ear forward to catch every sagacious mouthful, and yet physically relaxing into the drone and driving beat. Odd.

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