King of beats and alt rock shines light through gray skies at the Fillmore
by: Kevin Daniels
A gloomy Sunday evening at The Fillmore was brightened up by a long time purveyor of positive vibes, Matisyahu. Walking up to enter the line in front of the Fillmore, I realized that either I’m going to see Matisyahu or a Dead Head cover band. While waiting in the queue, as I do at most concerts, I strike up a conversation with someone that looks like they are beyond excited for the concert. This time it happened to be a guy that was either an ex-nazi or a retired one; I was thrown off by that. Regardless, he said he was a fan of Matis for a very long time, which in itself is a contradiction considering that Nazi’s are a hate group against Jews. The fact that Matis created music so strong that it reached beyond that hatred is amazing.
Once inside, the crowd seemed to be 50% Dead Heads and 50% moms and dads looking for a night out; needless to say, this was an older crowd. I even saw whole families, which is always something that is outstanding to me, that you can share your music with other family members and go to a show together. The good vibes were already happening; be through the beer and alcohol, or other lit shrubbery, you could feel a carefree attitude was in the air. Fast forward a bit after the doors and the full band took the stage. I’d like to note that as a person who has never seen Matisyahu live, his band is impeccable and other-worldly talented.
Matisyahu was a pleasure to see and to experience. He played a good mix of what put him on the map, what his true old-school fans love, along with new jams that fit in perfectly. The night was split into two full sets, because there wasn’t an opener. If you grew-up on Matisyahu, like I did, it was a nice trip down memory lane with some new billboards along the way.
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