MontBleu Resort and PR Entertainment presents Matisyahu with The Dirty Heads, and special guest, Pacific Dub, Thursday, Sept. 27 inside the MontBleu Casino Resort in Lake Tahoe.
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Since first emerging on the international stage in 2005, Matisyahu has established a reputation for following his muse — from the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified Live at Stubb’s to the trippy ministrations of youth to the polished pop eclecticism of light.
In 2010, he returned to the venerable Austin venue that introduced him for Live at Stubb’s II, demonstrating that all those travels had somehow only strengthened his connection to his musical bedrock. It was a whirlwind half-decade journey, one that earned Matisyahu a place in pop culture at large.
And it was only the beginning. Now based with his family in Los Angeles, Matisyahu blasts off yet again with “Spark Seeker,” a bold new studio album that finds the one-of-a-kind vocalist and songwriter exploring uncharted territory with help from an expansive cast of collaborators.
When Matisyahu took to Twitter late last year to post a picture of himself with his new look, he did it with a certain amount of relief.
For Spark Seeker — not just a collection of random tracks, but a complete piece of work made with one producer — Matisyahu spent a year recording with Kool Kojak (Nicki Minaj, Travis Barker, Ke$ha) at the latter’s home studio in Los Angeles. Then the pair went to Israel with an open slate.
The result reflects that wide array of voices and experiences. In the hard-hitting “Warrior” Matisyahu describes feelings of frustration and desperation, while lead single “Sunshine” rides what might be the most uplifting groove in his catalog; elsewhere, “Searchin’” pairs a gritty digital-dancehall beat with chanted lyrics and “I Believe in Love” exemplifies the album’s deep melodic streak. Throughout Spark Seeker you can hear Matisyahu embodying the album’s title — and embracing its humble promise. The album has a depth to it as well as a lightness, which alludes to the most essential theme of the record –that everything in life, especially music, exists in mixtures and blends.
Opening the show is Pacific Dub, one of the youngest and newest bands to solidify themselves as professionals within the Reggae-Rock scene.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 and available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the MontBleu box office, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling MontBleu Resort, 775-588-3515. This is an all ages event.