Sunfest 33: Matisyahu


[Typist’s Notes: While the Type Writer was waiting in vain for The Pixies to play “Here Comes Your Man”, his press partner Empress K of Reggae Reflection was at the other end of the festival listening to (and photographing) Hebrew reggae artist Matisyahu. Here is her account (and photographs) of that concert]

It’s been three years since Matisyahu and his 3 piece band Dub Trio last performed at SunFest.  At that time, Matisyahu had recently transformed his image with short blonde hair, a clean shaven face and without his yarmulke.  This year, Matisyahu has slightly transformed his image again; his hair is slightly longer, definitely more gray than blonde and he now has a short graying beard, for the time being at least.


What hasn’t changed is the quality of the message in his music and the love of his fans. We thought he had a capacity crowd during his last performance on the same stage at SunFest.  We had no idea until we saw the massive crowd in attendance this year, all trying to fit into the small FPL stage area.

The late afternoon set included music from most of his albums including his 5th studio album, “Akeda”, released in June of 2014.   For his closing song he performed his chart topping song “One Day”, a song expressing hope for peace from his 2009 album, “Light”.  Matisyahu then invited many of his enthusiastic fans to join the celebration on stage, some waving Israeli flags.  We fully expect that the next time Matisyahu performs at SunFest, he will be scheduled for one of the larger festival stages where his fans will have even more room to embrace the unique blend of Reggae Music that Matisyahu brings to the fans.