The reggae / hip hop artist lays down a fall routing taking him to college towns all over America. Playing clubs and theatres, his latest journey begins in Colorado in October.
The Grammy-nominated artist has gone through some changes during the past 12 months. Considered to be the world’s first Hasidic reggae superstar, Matisyahu ended more than a decade of whisker growth when he walked into a New York City Supercuts and left his beard on the salon’s floor.
He has also changed coasts, having recently moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. His fourth studio album, Spark Seeker, was released on his Fallen Sparks Records imprint via Thirty Tigers / Red in July.
But short hair, a new home and his own label aren’t the only new things in Matisyahu’s life. He’ll make his big screen debut come the end of this month in Sam Raimi’s “The Possession.” Appearing as Jewish exorcist Tzadok, Matisyahu tries to save a young girl possessed by an evil spirit. “The Possession” lands in movie theaters Aug. 31.
Matisyahu launches his college tour in Fort Collins, Colo., Oct. 10 and wraps in San Antonio Nov. 21. Stops along the way include Ventura, Calif., Greenville, S.C., Athens, Ga., Ann Arbor, Mich., Kansas City and Dallas.
Here’s the routing:
Oct. 10 – Fort Collins, Colo., Aggie Theatre
Oct. 11 – Telluride, Colo., Sheridan Opera House
Oct. 13 – Missoula, Mont., Wilma Theatre
Oct. 15 – Boulder, Colo., Boulder Theater
Oct. 16 – Sacramento, Calif., Ace Of Spades
Oct. 17 – Santa Cruz, Calif., The Catalyst
Oct. 18 – Ventura, Calif., Majestic Ventura Theatre
Oct. 21 – Little Rock, Ark., Revolution Music Room
Oct. 22 – Baton Rouge, La., Varsity Theatre
Oct. 23 – Gainesville, Fla., Florida Theater Of Gainesville
Oct. 24 – Greenville, S.C., The Handlebar
Oct. 25 – Athens, Ga., Georgia Theatre
Oct. 27 – Jupiter, Fla., Seabreeze Amphitheatre
Oct. 28 – Charleston, S.C., Music Farm
Oct. 29 – Greensboro, N.C., Greene Street
Oct. 30 – Wilmington, N.C., Brooklyn Arts Center
Oct. 31 – Charlottesville, Va., Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
Nov. 1 – Rochester, N.Y., University Of Rochester
Nov. 3 – Sayreville, N.J., Starland Ballroom
Nov. 4 – New Haven, Conn., Toad’s Place
Nov. 5 – Burlington, Vt., Higher Ground
Nov. 6 – Ithaca, N.Y., State Theatre
Nov. 7 – Columbus, Ohio, Newport Music Hall
Nov. 8 – Ann Arbor, Mich., Pease Auditorium
Nov. 10 – Lansing, Mich., The Loft
Nov. 11 – Bloomington, Ind., Bluebird Nightclub
Nov. 12 – Lincolnshire, Ill., Viper Alley
Nov. 13 – Madison, Wis., Capitol Theatre
Nov. 14 – St. Louis, Mo., The Pageant
Nov. 15 – Columbia, Mo., The Blue Note
Nov. 17 – Springfield, Mo., Gillioz Theatre
Nov. 18 – Kansas City, Mo., Uptown Theater
Nov. 19 – Dallas, Texas, House Of Blues
Nov. 20 – Houston, Texas, House Of Blues
Nov. 21 – San Antonio, Texas, Backstage Live San Antonio
“I’ve played a lot of these markets in past summers,” Matisyahu said. “To be able to return when school is in session and kids are on campus is something I’ve wanted to do for a while.”
Some shows are already on sale. VIP packages include meet-and-greets, exclusive t-shirts and a copy of Spark Seeker. Visit MatisyahuWorld.com for more information.