Reggae artist Matisyahu will perform and be interviewed June 4 at The Grammy Museum as part of their program “The Drop.” Amoeba is a sponsor of the event. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with a discussion and susbsequent performance starting at 8.
Matisyahu first rose to fame in the mid-2000s for the sheer oddity of being an Orthodox Jewish rapper, performing in a yarmulke with a full beard and payot. But his music soon eclipsed most talk of Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller; Matisyahu is his Hebrew and stage name) as a novelty artist, fusing alternative hip-hop and reggae music with Orthodox Jewish themes, on albums like his 2005 breakthrough Live at Stubbs.
More recently, Matisyahu has shaved off the beard and ditched the yarmulke, stating on his website in late 2011: “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. … I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission. … And for those concerned with my naked face, don’t worry... you haven’t seen the last of my facial hair.” Despite the change in appearance (including dyed-blonde hair) he sported in videos for the 2012 album Spark Seeker, Matisyahu says he is still spiritually Jewish.