Thursday, August 10, 2006

Matisyahu is coming to the Bay Area, again

That's right, Matisyahu is coming back on September 9th and 10th, to San Jose and Berkeley, respectively. Tickets are currently $40 online (plus tax, which probably comes to over $50).

And, our homies over at Oy Bay! informed me that the Silicon Valley Young Adults Division is organizing a whole thing for Jewish young adults for the San Jose show, so if you want the opportunity to meet other 21 to 40 year old Bay Area Yidden, here's a great opportunity! (They're selling tickets for $50.)

If you're interested in attending either show, please either leave comments or call me so we can think about carpooling.


Blogger Supervixen said...

I happen to stumble upon this one website where tour dates were posted for Matisyahu, and it was a website where people could leave comments, and I couldn't believe the people just totally ripping on him...

Fri Aug 11, 06:11:00 AM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

What was the website?

Fri Aug 11, 12:08:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Supervixen said...

I simply typed into Google "Matisyahu tour dates" to see if he was coming anywhere near me, and I came upon this...

Fri Aug 11, 12:21:00 PM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

Yeah, well, internet forums have really become a place for people to express their baseless hatred, unfortunately. None of those comments can be taken seriously; for instance:

"i've talked to some real rastas about this dude and they claim that all of his messages contradict themselves. for example: he condems marijuana use but rastas see weed as a sacrament."

That's not even a real criticism! Who ever said Matis is a rasta?! Anyway...

Sun Aug 13, 01:13:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

Most people who comment on internet forums are idiots wasting time (and I include myself here), but the comment you quoted, even if it lacks a certain amount of, well, logic, does bring out a point. If reggae music is seen as an expression of the Rasta movement/faith/culture, then I can see how a a member of this culture would have an odd time seeing a Hassidic Jew having a place in it. I certainly feel uncomfortable when people in the world of Christian music try to play Jewish songs. When I here something like this I am rather stunned (kol isha warning on the link, by the way).

Sun Aug 13, 12:39:00 PM 2006  
Blogger G-D SQUAD said...

Wait a sec... I think that's my Reform temple where I grew up! No, jay kay.

But in terms of religion, it's very clear that Matis is not a Rasta. The thing is, Rastafarianism and Judaism have central themes in common... but marijuana just isn't one of them.

Sun Aug 13, 02:56:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Fedora Black said...

I agree, and that is probably why the Rastas are wondering why he is using what they see as a Rasta form of musical expression to promote Jewish ideas.

Sun Aug 13, 04:18:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Oyster said...

JewSchool posted something a while back covering how the folks at the NYT were ripping on Matis for his "exploitation" of black music. Oh, how that was dripping with irony. Zion? Exodus? Israelite? If anything, just like a whole host of religions, Rastafarianism has "borrowed" heavily from Jewish images & texts. So who is exploiting who? In fact, one could argue that it was these Jewish elements in reggae from Rastafarianism which spoke to Matis' neshama (he was a fan of the music before becoming BT, btw).

That aside, join me at the San Jose concert! And thanks for the link, OMG-D SQ-AD! :-p

Fri Aug 18, 11:38:00 AM 2006  

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