It’s rare that any announcement might please both mentches and rastafarians. Heck, it’s rare that both Yids and reggae fans are even mentioned in the same paragraph. If there’s one man who is an exception to both rules, it’s Pennsylvania born Matisyahu. For the first time in its five-year history, the Hasidic Jew-cum-reggae star will take his annual Festival of Light concert series on a bit of an East Coast tour starting November 29th.
The event had previously been spread over eight days (just like Hanukkah. Get it? It’s a celebration, bitches!) throughout New York and Brooklyn. This year, however, demand has spurred Matisyahu to take his show on the road outside of what he considers his hometown (born in PA, raised in NY). After playing the Brooklyn Bowl and Music Hall of Williamsburg, the concert will travel to Clifton Park, Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia before ending up in Portland, ME. Seven of the total nine dates will actually be during nights of Hanukkah, which starts December 1st and ends on the 9th.
The general public can grab tickets to the shows starting on Friday, October 22nd. If you’re a diehard, you can get in on a special pre-sale through Matisyahu’s Facebook or Twitter starting on the 21st at 10 a.m. Keep your browsers on either account page for the password to get in before the hordes.
Matisyahu 2010 Tour Dates:
11/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
11/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/01 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
12/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
12/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
12/06 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
12/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live *
12/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of The Living Arts *
12/09 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre *
* = w/ Moon Taxi