Posted in music | tour dates on December 14, 2011

Matisyahu

Yesteday morning Matisyahu posted the above picture of himself on Twitter. A few hours later he wrote "For all of those who are being awesome,you are awesome.For all those who are confused:today I went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday." And he issued this statement:

This morning I posted a photo of myself on Twitter.

No more Chassidic reggae superstar.

Sorry folks, all you get is me...no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality--not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity...to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules--lots of them--or else I would somehow fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.

Get ready for an amazing year filled with music of rebirth. And for those concerned with my naked face, don't worry...you haven't seen the last of my facial hair.

- Matisyahu

This morning he again reiterated that he still goes to temple, probably in part due to all the backlash he's getting from the Chassidic community, and for people who think he's stopped being religious at all.

Matisyahu begins his annual winter tour that includes "Festival of Light" shows during Hanukkah, this week in Denver. He plays Music Hall of Williamsburg Dec 19, 20 & 21, and then Webster Hall on the 22nd, before continuing to Philly. Openers change each night and include Aunt Martha and Dub Trio. Tickets at Ticketmaster. Dates are listed below...

--
Matisyahu --2011 Festival of Light
Dec 15 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
Dec 17 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Dec 19 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Dec 20 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
Dec 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg **
Dec 22 New York, NY @ Webster Hall ^^
Dec 24 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA ^^
Dec 26 Portland, ME @ State Theatre ^^
Dec 27 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground ^^
Dec 28 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^^
Dec 29 West Palm Beach, FL @ Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 31 Tampa, FL @ Morsani Hall
* Aunt Martha opening
^ Dub Trio opening
** Adam Deitch and Break Science opening
^^ Cris Cab opening

---

      

Comments (50)

oh my god he looks just like my freshman year college roommate

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:11 AM

he looks sad...

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:14 AM

This is newsworthy?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:16 AM

I'm not a fan of his music, but as a Jew, I respect him for realizing that a long beard doesn't make you any more or less Jewish.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:17 AM

I once had a long beard too, but had to shave it off because the thing was collecting all sorts of pita triangle crumbs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:19 AM

"I once had a long beard too, but had to shave it off because the thing was collecting all sorts of pita triangle crumbs."

same here!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:20 AM

Between that one and another that I saw yesterday, he seems to have two big black eyes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:23 AM

I loathe his bland, contrived music but thought his beard was cool...now I think he just sucks. White boy reggae-rap is offensive.

Ps - I'm white and Jewish

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:24 AM

My beard always smells like hummus, but my Israeli g/f wouldn't want it any other way

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | December 14, 2011 10:26 AM

The shtick must of run it's course.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:28 AM

So, now his music will get to the point where it's listenable?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:32 AM

I hope he used a BRAUN CRUZER

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:33 AM

Matis is now MR SKIN, @10:33 lOLz

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:50 AM

I shaved my cock yesterday. TMI?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 10:55 AM

^^Only the Wolfman has a hairy cock.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:07 AM

This guy has never had a really good album. Too much novelty not enough songs.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:09 AM

I heard he's starting a Jewish Oi band.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:16 AM

Don't worry. The lead singer from Aunt Martha's beard will make up for it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:24 AM

So he was only pretending to be a hasidic jew for publicity? Because most hasidic jews that I know get a good spanking if they decide to shave off their beard and curly curl sideburns.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:29 AM

I knew this guy was a gimmick.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:31 AM

^----- I was going to say the same thing. Had to be a gimmick!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:36 AM

HOLY SHIT ITS BEEN 2 YEARS AND PEOPLE ARE STILL MAKING HUMMUS JOKES. FUCK.

That being said, interesting move Matis. Wondering why tho? Satmar ftw!

Posted by stephen Whitfield | December 14, 2011 11:45 AM

He looks good. I was never really big on facial hair anyway, but that's just me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 11:56 AM

Looks like Nick DiPaolo.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:06 PM

so when he was unknown it was good for him to be religious to have an audience, but now that he is so popular, he can toss it all?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:11 PM

Ironic facial hair is gayer than a chartreuse pony.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:12 PM

More upsetting than the loss of the beard is that poor choice of wallpaper behind him.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:23 PM

I heard he shaved it because he could never wash the smell of clown shit away.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:37 PM

good for you. who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:37 PM

now he is going to jew hell

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:41 PM

I'm not Jewish and I still don't like him. Keep trying though, appreciate the effort.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 12:48 PM

Jim James is gonna shave his beard onstage tonight at MSG and then launch into Matisyahu's Hanukkah anthem Miracle - mark my words.

Posted by Ayab | December 14, 2011 1:02 PM

Aunt Martha is going to save Rock n Roll. They are Kings of Leon meets the guy who sang Walking In Memphis

Posted by Jordan Burger | December 14, 2011 1:26 PM

this guy is a cunt rag. fuck him. there i said it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 1:34 PM

Holy Shit Bon Jovi is headlining Bamboozle!!! That shit is gonna be off the hoook! I hope they add Foxy Shazam, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and a Passion Pit DJ set to put it over the top!

Posted by DOM | December 14, 2011 1:40 PM

is he indonesian?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 1:40 PM

Matis shaves his beard, The Slip reunite and Moe. put out a studio record all in the same year?!? All that's missing is a Big We reunion!

Posted by Shawn Kemp | December 14, 2011 1:48 PM

I love Dispatch!

Posted by Chris Cornell | December 14, 2011 1:59 PM

my shawarma dust today is unreal.

Posted by Steel Panther | December 14, 2011 2:10 PM

It's true, Steel Panther is releasing ungodly dust today.

Posted by Colonel Custard | December 14, 2011 2:51 PM

Anyone want my 2 tix for Lettuce at Blyn Bowl tonight? I forgot I had a show at Rockwood!

Posted by Seth Kallen | December 14, 2011 3:54 PM

who the fuck cares about this shit!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 4:46 PM

remember when he wouldnt touch that dumb rapper Eve when she wanted to perform with him? what a clown.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2011 5:07 PM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 12:04 PM

Christ Killer.

Posted by Anonymous | December 16, 2011 1:25 PM

I shaved one armpit yesterday.

Posted by Shanna | December 19, 2011 12:32 AM

just as long as Rick and Michael don't shave theirs

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2011 7:39 AM

my shawarma dust today is unreal.

Posted by Classifieds | February 9, 2012 9:53 AM

This guy sucks compared to bands like Jewdriver.

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2012 1:47 AM

I can't believe he shaved his bread.

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 3:01 PM

Leave a Comment