For a reggae-rapping Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, Matisyahu sure can get people out of their seats. On September 1st, 2011 fans of all shapes, sizes, religions and colors, packed The Music Box theater at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Any artist at the tail-end of a world tour can be expected to be worn out, but Matisyahu took the stage with the calm experience of a seasoned vet. Security had their work cut out for them as fans rushed the stage periodically throughout the show, eager to shake Matisyahu’s hand. Ever the gracious performer, Matisyahu smiled and shook their hands, calling out periodically “Ah the rebels!”. Those very same rebels had their dreams come true when during his encore performance, in which he played his single “One Day”, Matisyahu pulled his fans up on stage for an impromptu dance party. A middle-aged man, making a b-line for Matisyahu, embraced him in an emotion-filled hug, while another fan brought his infant son on stage with him (a family memory I’m sure no one will forget). The amount of love and gratitude that filled the stage only goes to show that despite the apparent obstacles Matisyahu would face in today’s world, his music is truly universal.
- Nicole Fara Silver