Monday, May 04, 2009

Matisyahu Announces Summer Tour

Acclaimed artist to play major festivals, co-headlining with Les Claypool and Umphrey's McGee. New album "Light" to be released summer 2009.

Grammy-nominated artist Matisyahu will embark on an extensive summer tour beginning May 30, playing major festivals and co-headlining several shows in the South with Les Claypool and on the East Coast with Umphrey’s McGee, including Central Park Summerstage on July 9.

Bass virtuoso Les Claypool is known for his seminal work with Primus, as well as a bevy of his own projects including Oysterhead (with Trey Anastasio and Stewart Copeland) and The Frog Brigade. Umphrey’s McGee, which has several critically acclaimed albums to its credit, is one of the most visible and successful improvised music bands in recent years.

In addition to his shows alongside Claypool and Umphrey’s McGee, Matisyahu plays a slew of major festivals this summer including Wakarusa Festival (June 5), Harmony Music Festival (June 14-15), Milwaukee Summerfest (July 2), 80-35 Festival (July 3), Rothbury Festival (July 5), Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest (July 11), Festival d’été de Québec (July 12), Mile High Music Festival (July 19).

Joined by a new backing band, the acclaimed dub-rock band Dub Trio along with Matisyahu band veterans Aaron Dugan (guitar) and Rob Marscher (keyboards), Matisyahu kicks off the tour May 30 in Florida.

Dub Trio, whom The New York Times says “affectionately recall Bad Brains,” consists of DP Holmes (guitar & keyboards), Stu Brooks (bass & keyboards) and Joe Tomino (drums & melodica). Dub Trio played on Matisyahu’s cover of John Lennon’s “Watching the Wheels” for 2007’s compilation Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.

Matisyahu emerged in 2004 with his debut album Shake Off the Dust…Rise. With the release of Live at Stubb’s (2005), which reached #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and Youth (2006), which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 and reached #1 on the Reggae Albums chart, Matisyahu gained considerable critical acclaim. Both albums subsequently went Gold and Youth was nominated for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

Matisyahu Tour Dates

May 30* Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
May 31* Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues—Orlando
June 1* St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Landing
June 2* Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
June 4* Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
June 5 Ozark, AR Wakarusa Festival
June 7* Dallas, TX The Palladium
June 8* Houston, TX House of Blues
June 9* Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
June 11+ Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
June 13-14 Santa Rosa, CA Harmony Music Festival
June 16+ Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
June 18+ Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
June 20+ Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
June 21+ San Luis Obispo, CA Pozo Saloon
June 23+ Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
June 24+ Seattle, WA The Moore Theatre
June 25+ Boise, ID Knitting Factory
June 27 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
June 29 Aspen, CO Belly Up
July 1 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
July 2 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
July 3 Des Moines, IA 80-35 Festival
July 5 Rothbury, MI Rothbury Festival
July 7† Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
July 8† Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
July 9† New York, NY Central Park SummerStage
July 11 Ottawa, ON Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest
July 12 Quebec City, QC Festival d’été de Québec
July 19 Denver, CO Mile High Music Festival

*—co-headline with Les Claypool
+ —with very special guest K’naan
†— co-headline with Umphrey’s McGee

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