Matisyahu

Matisyahu was just a beatboxing rich-kid named Matt from White Plains, N.Y. before converting Hasidic Judaism and making his name as a reggae star. Whether or not you’re down with Matisyahu’s message, it’s hard to deny that reggae and Hasidism make impressive bedfellows—a hint of Marley and Psalms in the same breath. And even after his novelty wears off, you’re left with some respectable musical chops; songs like the early hit “King Without a Crown” and recent radio mainstay “One Day” sport addictive melodies. Any flatness in his recordings disappear during a live performance (as proven by 2005’s Live at Stubb’s and 2009’s Live at Twist & Shout), and a shot of his beatboxing just adds to a stage energy that can’t quite be captured in an album. With Dub Trio. NICK FELDMAN

Sat., Aug. 7, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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