In continuation of Temple Sholom’s Centennial Series, American reggae rapper and alternative rock musician Matisyahu will perform on Sunday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Temple Sholom (300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT).
Born Matthew Paul Miller in West Chester, PA, Matisyahu first developed his interest in reggae and hip hop at a wilderness school in Bend, OR, after following the Grammy-nominated jam band Phish on tour.
Known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes into his music, he first made a name for himself in 2005 with the Top 40 hit “King Without a Crown” and the release of his breakthrough live album Live at Stubbs, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart. His studio album Youth quickly followed and both went gold, with Youth receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album.
Matisyahu, named the 2006 Top Reggae Artist by Billboard, would find continued success with studio albums Light (2009), Spark Seeker (2012) and Akeda (2014). He would add two remix CDs, two DVDs featuring live concerts and two more live albums, with his most recent being Live at Stubbs: A 10-Year Journey, released on March 7, 2015.
One of his most noteworthy moments came in 2011 after posting a picture of his shaved head and beard to announce that he no longer wanted to be identified as a “Hassidic reggae superstar.” While the decision received significant backlash from die-hard reggae fans, it helped pave the way for Matisyahu to brand himself as a broader, cross-genre performer.
Tickets for this special event, which is presented by the Amy Lipton z’l Israel Action Fund, are on sale now. General admission costs $36 per adult, $18 per guest under 21 years old. A limited number of preferred seats is available at the rate of $100 per person.
This event is sponsored with BBYO, Bi-Cultural Day School, Carmel Academy, Congregation Agudath Sholom, Jewish High School of Connecticut, METNY USY, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, UCONN Hillel and Westchester Day School.