Matisyahu Doesn't "Really Love Shaving," But He's a Big Fan of Florida
Following last fall's college tour, the father of three celebrated Hanukkah with his annual Festival of Light tour, seven additional dates to close out the year. Miraculously, he also managed to move his family to the West Coast, where he's based now.
"I love New York, that's my home," Matisyahu says. "But I like California a lot. To be honest, I don't think I want to put up with any more winters. I like the sun and I like the rain too, but I hate the cold."
Musically, less means going acoustic.
His Spark Seeker: The Acoustic EP is set for release on January 15. Available exclusively through digital retailers iTunes and Amazon, it will feature acoustic covers of tracks from last summer's LP, Spark Seeker.
"It seems easier to find the emotion in acoustic songs," he says. "The acoustic thing is also about stripping back, trying to get back to the essence. There's a rock show, that's one thing. And then there's an acoustic show, which is a little bit more naked. It's more about the emotions in the voice and the songs, the words and the lyrics."
To support the new record, Matisyahu will embark on a cross-country acoustic tour, kicking things off at the Adrienne Arsht Center this Saturday, and then wrapping up a month later in West Palm Beach.
In recent years, the former "Chassidic reggae superstar" has seemingly spent more time in South Florida than anywhere else. In October, he played a Halloween gig at Seabreeze Amphitheater in Jupiter. Prior to that, the "King Without a Crown" acoustically rocked the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach with a stripped-down show to close out 2011.
So why is he such a big fan of Florida?
"It just works out that way," Matisyahu says. "I have a good, strong fan base there."
An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu. Saturday, January 19. Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $35 to $99 plus fees via arshtcenter.org. Call 305-949-6722 or visit arshtcenter.org.
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