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Meet Matisyahu in Vail

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK Traditional Jewish themes will join forces with reggae and rock sounds Thursday evening, Sept. 6, as Matisyahu, Billboard Magazines Top Reggae Artist for 2006, brings his unique brand of music to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

Known for his remarkable fusion of orthodox Judaism and classical reggae music, Matisyahu has garnered critical acclaim from both rock and reggae outlets. Known also for his electrifying stage presence and high energy live shows, Matisyahu has earned a diverse and committed fan base. Born in West Chester, Pa. and raised in White Plains, N.Y., the young man formerly known as Matthew Miller undertook a monumental odyssey before discovering his path and voice as Matisyahu (the Hebrew equivalent of Matthew, and the name he chose and became known by). Via adventures in Colorado, Israel, Oregon and New York City, he not only heard a profound spiritual calling, but also discovered a revolutionary way to share his reflections via the reggae and hip-hop sounds that had long been an integral part of his day-to-day soundtrack.Since beginning his career in 2001, Matisyahu has released several albums, a live DVD and toured extensively. He has also teamed up with some of the biggest names in reggae production, including Bill Laswell and the duo Sly & Robbie. Most recently, he joined rock superstars 311 on the road in the summer of 2007 for their national tour.Matisyahu brings his vibrant live show to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage in Vail on Thursday, Sept. 6. Doors open at 6 p.m. and an opening act yet to be named takes the stage at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $34 and available at both Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Vilar Center for the Arts box offices, or by calling 845-TIXS or visiting The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Matisyahu in concert are projects of the Vail Valley Foundation.

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