With similar holy praise and spiritual righteousness, Matisyahu scratches the Haile Selassie out of reggae music and gives it up to G-d.
Born Matthew Paul Miller, the musician made it all the harder for us to say his name when he started using the Askenazi version of it. This former Phish-head and current vegan knows a thing or two about touring and performing. He's been packing joints (not those kinda joints) since his first album Shake Off the Dust... Arise came out in 2004.
His popularity exists not only because of the gimmick of a Hassidic Jew singing rasta music, but also because Matisyahu is a talented and prolific artist. He's no musical fundamentalist, seeking out interesting collabs with Muslim beatboxer Kenny Muhammad, Akon, and others.
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This summer, Matisyahu's heading up a 43-date tour. And Miami Beach just happens to be one of the chosen cities. Catch Matisyahu at the Fillmore with a full band and a full beard.
Matisyahu with Dub Trio. Thursday, August 25. Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $27.50 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-673-7300 or visit fillmoremb.com.