Matisyahu Kicks Off Latest Tour Right With Stint in Austin – Photo Recap!

The self-proclaimed King Without a Crown, Matisyahu, has just recently kicked off his 2018 Strength To Strength Tour. Joined on his journey by eight-time Grammy award-winning singer Stephen Marley, the tour-crazy singer killed his show at Stubb’s BBQ at the end of May.

The tour marks the release of the East Coast singer’s sixth studio album, ‘Undercurrent’: a synergetic collaboration of Matisyahu and his band that flawlessly merges his classic instrumental improvisation with lyrics and vocals. A musical phenomenon that is near-unheard of outside of Matisyahu, he offers a unique experience sure to set your heart on fire.

If you missed him during his stint in Austin, you can catch him below in the photo recap or on one of his other tour dates:

Strength To Strength Tour Dates:

6/08 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity

6/09 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bells

6/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Stage

6/13 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets

6/14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahys **

6/15 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre Summer Stage **

6/16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino **

6/17 – Baltimore, MD – Concerts at the Port **

**Without Stephen Marley

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Matisyahu and Stephen Marley Taking Strength to Strength Tour to Stubb’s

GRAMMY-nominated artist Matisyahu has announced his 2018 Strength To Strength Tour alongside eight-time Grammy award winning singer, musician and producer Stephen Marley. Fresh from his Forest of Faith Tour, Matisyahu continues a blistering run of dates that began in 2017 with the Broken Crowns Tour and will be hitting Stubb’s on May 31st for a night of reggae royalty. Matisyahu will be making his return to Austin’s iconic venue after recording Live at Stubb’s Vol. IV last November.

Matisyahu has created his own space in modern music, developing a loyal following that has driven singles such as “One Day” and “King Without a Crown” to international recognition. His newest album, Undercurrent, was released last year via Thirty Tigers and Matisyahu’s own imprint, Fallen Sparks. The album embodies a collaborative and freeform spirit as Matisyahu and his band seamlessly merge instrumental improvisation sessions with lyrics and vocals. The synergistic energy of the album is especially apparent onstage, where Matisyahu and guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Stu Brooks, drummer Joe Tomino and keyboardist Big Yuki bring their creative dynamic to life. Undercurrent has showcased Matisyahu’s improvisational aptitude and live music chutzpa, that has the jamband and festival worlds taking note with his recently announced LOCKN’ Festival set.

The King Without a Crown continues to his journey on the road, both physically and spiritually, In his own words, “I started tour last fall in somewhat of a fallen, broken place with the Broken Crowns tour, then I entered into the unknown of the forest with faith in the Forest of Faith Tour and come out of it having found my strength, I am now going from strength to strength in my summer Strength to Strength tour. The names of the tours for me are truly a reflection of where I am spiritually and right now and I am feeling strong and confident”. Stephen Marley has also set his eyes onward towards the tour, and is “looking forward to playing music for the people on the Strength to Strength tour with Matisyahu”.

The boundary-breaking artist has been busy on tour, dropping a 3-part video series on the making of Undercurrent and taking time to speak to Billboard and the Huffington Post about it. He took time at his show in Austin 2017 to record LIVE AT STUBB’S VOL IV., capturing the freeform essence of his set at the historic venue, where he is set to reappear near the top of the tour.  Don’t miss the unforgettable duo of Matisyahu and Stephen Marley at a city near you and catch what Rootfire calls “Improvising Greatness.” Tickets go on sale Friday, 4/6 at https://fanlink.to/strengthtostrength
Strength To Strength Tour Dates:

5/30 – Houston, TX – White Oak Outside
5/31 – Austin, TX – Stubbs
6/01 – Dallas, TX – Canton Hall
6/03 – St. Louis, MO – Atomic Cowboy
6/06 – Minneapolis, MN – Cabooze
6/08 – Detroit, MI – Sound Board at MotorCity
6/09 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bells
6/12 – Columbus, OH – Express Live Indoor Stage
6/13 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets
6/14 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahys **
6/15 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre Summer Stage **
6/16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Casino **
6/17 – Baltimore, MD – Concerts at the Port **

**Without Stephen Marley

Matisyahu Records Live At Stubb’s Vol. IV Recap

Reggae artist Matisyahu, who broke out with his 2005 Live At Stubb’s album that was certified gold in less than a year, returned Sunday to the venue where it all began. In front of a jam-packed Stubb’s amphitheater, pulsating stage lights and a foggy purple haze, the Grammy nominated artist was back at the iconic Austin venue recording another historic night in the “Live Music Capitol of the World” with Live At Stubb’s Vol. IV.

The Stubb’s Austin show was part of the current “Broken Crowns Tour” featuring direct support from Orange County reggae-rock outfit Common Kings and the Brooklyn-based, Matisyahu-produced, Orphan. To celebrate the three-month tour Matisyahu and Common Kings released a collaborative single, aptly titled “Broken Crowns,” showcasing a relaxed atmosphere and deep lyrical content. This modern reggae anthem is sure to resonate with music lovers around the globe. In addition to Matisyahu, all sets from the night were recorded including Common Kings, whose debut album Lost In Paradise debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart, so fans can expect the inaugural Common Kings Live At Stubbs forthcoming as well!

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The energy at Stubb’s Sunday night was cranked from the jump. Common Kings, put down an intensely entertaining and infectiously energetic performance featuring elements of reggae, R&B, soul, alternative rock, pop and hip-hop. From their California-coated covers of “No Woman, No Cry” and “Everyday People” to their humorously self-deprecating, breakout hit “Alcoholic,” R&B-pop infused LP title track “Lost in Paradise” and the ambitious “24/7,” Common Kings delivered straight-up, feel good entertainment. Whether dropping diverse originals or throwing a shout out to the West Coast with a thunderous, psychedelic rendition of “The Next Episode”, the reggae rockers were on point.

The headliner, Matisyahu, hit the stage next backed by his live band consisting of guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Stu Brooks, drummer Joe Tomino and keyboardist Big Yuki. The Stubb’s crowd saw the most refined and cohesive Matisyahu to date reflective of his newest album, Undercurrent. The album embodies a collaborative and freeform spirit as Matisyahu and his band seamlessly merge instrumental improvisation sessions with lyrics and vocals.

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The daringly creative artist known for his unique ability to integrate diverse musical influences kicked-off his set with ‘Star on The Rise’…a nostalgic track at this point better suited for 2005’s Live At Stubb’s recording. The spiritual wordsmith emphatically beat-boxed into ‘Step Out Into The Light’ off his latest LP and got inspirational with the Abrahamic ‘Shade From The Sun.” He even dropped a smooth Outkast cover for good measure before Common Kings joined him on stage for “Broken Crown‘. Matis chose to sign off with the song that started it all, a shirtless stage dive and a crowd surfing salute form the ‘King Without a Crown.’

Twelve years later, Matisyahu still possesses that boundary pushing, soul-searching authenticity that made 2005’s album such a hit. He continues to evolve as a musician, an artist and a spiritual being. But, most importantly for fans in Austin, he continues to return to Stubb’s for sensational live recordings.

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Photos by: Anie Walsh

https://aniewalshphotography.myportfolio.com/