Music with Matisyahu
As summer in the Valley winds down, the Vail Valley Foundation is just gearing up – for one of the biggest concerts of the entire season. Renowned reggae artist Matisyahu will perform at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, the only Rocky Mountain tour date for the star, in what is sure to be one of the most exciting performances the Valley has seen all summer. Matisyahu arrived at his unique hip-hop and reggae fueled style after a long musical and religious journey. Born Matthew Miller, he reconciled himself to his religion at the age of 14 on a camping trip in Colorado and soon after visited Isreael. Upon his return, he followed jam band Phish on tour around the country, playing drums and freestyle performing in the parking lots. When he returned to New York, he renamed himself Matisyahu and committed to the Lubavitch Hasidic sect of Judiasm. Beginning with gigs within the religious community, Matisyahu quickly collected rave critical and fan reviews. He put together his band, and they recorded their debut album, “Shake Off the Dust… Arise” in 2004. Soon they moved on to venues like the Hammerstein Ballroom, Irving Plaza and Webster Hall. The larger venues gave way to festivals including Austin City Limits, Bonaroo and even the 2006 Jazz Aspen festival, right down the road. Matisyahu has since released a number of albums, live and recorded, and continued to tour tirelessly. Summer 2007 featured headline dates as well as the Unity Tour with 311, which sold out Red Rocks Amphitheater in August. But this is the only chance to see Matisyahu in the Rocky Mountains. He’ll play onstage at the beautiful Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Matisyahu is known for his electric stage presence and captivating performance style – and there’s no better place to see such an energetic show than the Amphitheater, set to the backdrop of the Gore Range.Tickets are only $34 and are selling fast – so don’t wait to get yours. The gates open at 6 p.m., with a yet-to-be-named opening band taking the stage at 7 p.m. Seating for the concert is general admission, so get to the Amphitheater early, get into your seat, and ring out the summer with one of the biggest contemporary acts to come through the Valley in recent years. And stay tuned for more confirmations to the Vilar Center fall concert lineup, which kicks off Sept. 27 with guitar virtuoso Eric Johnson. Check vilarcenter.org for updates. I hope to see you Sept. 6 at the Matisyahu show.