with Relix’s Mike Greenhaus & special guest: Matisyahu
Fri January 8th, 2016
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 6:30PM
Show Time: 7:00PM
Event Ticket: $36
Join Rabbi Dan Ain of Because Jewish and Relix‘s Mike Greenhaus for a new speaking series exploring the deep connection between ritual, music and faith.
special guest: Matisyahu
* Conversation between Matisyahu, Rabbi Dan and Mike Greenhaus
* Audience Q & A
* Friday Night blessings
* A drink and a snack are included in price of ticket
* Student ticket available for $20, does not include a drink
“The jamband and roots-rock scene that Relix grew out of has always been defined by its traditions and rituals dating back to the Grateful Dead, and I hope this series can explore some of the spiritual matters at the heart of each artists’ musical journey.” – Mike Greenhaus, Editor-in-Chief, Relix
TABLE SEATING POLICY
Table seating for all seated shows is reserved exclusively for ticket holders who purchase “Table Seating” tickets. Table seating is first come, first seated. Please arrive early for the best choice of available seats. Seating begins when doors open. Tables are communal so you may be seated with other patrons. We do not take table reservations.
A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar.
All tickets sales are final. No refund or credits.
Rabbi Dan Ain
Preacher and connector, Rabbi Dan Ain gathers those who are open to being reached. He finds holiness in honest conversation, in the spaces where people can say what they really think and allow others to do the same. His latest project Because Jewish creates opportunities for our religious perspectives to be in genuine dialogue with our artists, our musicians and our everyday lives. He has been curating these offerings around NYC at the 92nd St Y (as Director of Tradition and Innovation), Brooklyn Bowl, (Le) Poisson Rouge and as the rabbi of The New Shul. He offers meaningful ways to worship in the 21st century – creating experiences that speak to people living in today’s world using the language, lessons and music of the past. A Conservative rabbi, Rabbi Dan is a CLAL Resident and was ordained at The Jewish Theological Seminary. You can follow him on twitter @rabbidan.
Relix’s Mike Greenhaus
Mike Greenhaus is a writer and blogger with a live-music obsession. He is the editor-in-chief of Relix, the longest-standing print magazine dedicated to improvisational and independent music. Additionally, he edits the daily newswire for Relix.com and its sister site Jambands.com.
Mike is the vice president and co-founder of Relix Media Group, the parent company of Relix magazine, Relix.com, Jambands.com, the Bonnaroo Beacon newspaper, specialty publications for Mumford & Sons’ and Phish’s festivals, the local event database DoNYC and the Here & There music network.
A former college radio DJ, Mike co-created Relix’s official podcast “Cold Turkey” in 2005—one of the first magazine podcasts—and is currently working on a new podcast with comedian/musician Danny Tamberelli. Mike has spoken on panels at the South by Southwest and CMJ music conferences, helps oversee Relix’s official video channels, co-curates the collaborative “Brooklyn Is Live” event series and serves on the Young Patrons Board for City Parks Foundation.
He has written for Spin, Paste, American Songwriter and a variety of other outlets, and penned the introduction to noted music photographer Jay Blakesberg’s book, Jam. In 2016, he will also begin working on a documentary film about The Beach Boys’ Al Jardine.
A native New Yorker and Skidmore College graduate, Mike lives in New York City with his Southern-transplant wife, and has proudly seen a concert in all five boroughs (including Staten Island). You can follow him on Twitter at @greenhauseffect and Instagram at @greenhauseffect3.
special guest: Matisyahu
Ten years after the release of his breakthrough album, Live at Stubb’s (which reached #1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart), Matisyahu has again returned to the well-known Texas venue to record Live at Stubb’s III: A 10-Year Journey. The result is a picture of artistic evolution, filled with the kind of texture a performer only acquires after years on the road, gathering myriad life-experiences and exploring new musical influences.
From 2005 to 2015, Matisyahu’s artistic and personal transformation has been nothing less than epic. Achieving early success as a “hasidic reggae superstar,” he later went on to craft a broader, multi-influence, cross‐genre musical style that broke all the rules, bringing him greater success and an equal amount of criticism from early fans. Having survived the backlash from the die-hard reggae set, as well as those who saw him only as a “bearded Jewish icon,” Matisyahu released Akeda (Uh-kay-duh) in 2014, his most creative, “self-reflective and purely conceived album” to date.
Now, with Live at Stubb’s III: A 10-Year Journey, Matisyahu reveals yet another side to his musical personality. Whereas the original Live at Stubb’s (2005) produced “a classic of live performance,” and Live at Stubb’s II (2011) the “super-charged concert experience at it’s best,” Live at Stubb’s III: A 10-Year Journey (2015) delivers the “no additives” beauty of a stripped-back sit-down show in which the musicians play just for the love of the music.
Recorded at the legendary Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, on March 7th, 2015 (just over ten years after the original February 19th, 2005 performance, with supplementary tracks recorded on March 4th, 2015 at New York City’s Winery), Matisyahu reunited with three friends from his days at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York and the early years—guitarist Aaron Dugan (who performed on the original Live at Stubb’s album); keyboardist, Rob Marscher; and percussionist, Tim Keiper.
Like a rare “bootleg recording of Bob Dylan singing in a smoke-filled club in the early 60s,” Matisyahu’s performance in Live at Stubb’s III has the simple sound and appeal of “a great poet-musician on open mic night.” Together with Dugan, Marscher and Keiper, Matisyahu “soaks in the music and allows it to take its own twists and turns,” which he often accompanies with his signature beat-boxing. Opening with a “deep, soulful,” tone-setting performance of “Crossroads” from Spark Seeker, Matisyahu performs songs from each of his albums, from Shake Off the Dust…Arise (2004) to Akeda (2014). Notable on the album are newly interpreted versions of songs from the original Live at Stubbs like, “Lord Raise Me Up,” “Close My Eyes,” “Warrior,” and “King Without a Crown” as well as a cover of Bob Marley’s “Running Away,” into which he blends his own, “Dispatch the Troops.”
As part of the 10th anniversary of Live at Stubb’s, Matisyahu and his band featuring Dugan, Marscher, and Keiper will be out on the road performing a series of intimate sit-down shows highlighting the songs on Live at Stubb’s III: A 10-Year Journey.
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