Eminence Ensemble Performing as Support Act at Matisyahu Concert
This is a press release from the Mateel Community Center:
Ineffable Live and the Mateel Community Center present singer, rapper, beatboxer, reggae, dub & rock artist Matisyahu, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in an all ages show. The Forest of Faith touring featuring Matisyahu with rock and soul six piece band Eminence Ensemble performing as a support act. The Forest of Faith tour featuring Matisyahu will make a stop at the Mateel, 59 Rusk Lane in Redway, the show starts at 9pm. Advance tickets are on sale online for $30 through the mateel.org website or at regional ticket outlets: Mendo Trim Tools in Laytonville, Main Street Music in Willits, People’s Records in Arcata, Redway Liquor in Redway, The Works in Eureka, Ukiah Natural Foods in Ukiah, Blue Moon Gift Shop in Garberville and SHC in Garberville.
Singer-songwriter Matisyahu has been on journey inward for more than a decade. When Matisyahu first started touring to packed clubs, it was prior to the release of Live at Stubbs, the now Gold record, and prior to that record’s single “King without a Crown” reaching #1 on the alternative rock radio charts. Now nearly thirteen years after the release of his first studio record, Matisyahu and his band have done something unmatched in his past repertoire; they have crafted that journey into a musically thematic eight song movement entitled Undercurrent released in May 2017.
The band features longtime guitarist Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist and drummer Stu Brooks and Joe Tomino, and keyboard virtuoso BigYuki — and the journey starts with them. Matisyahu tours in support of his sixth studio album album Undercurrent, released earlier this year. The band improvised for hours in the studio with Matisyahu watching on as an admirer without singing a single lyric. Out of the improvisations grew melodic themes, rhythmic peaks and valleys, blissful and proto-song guitar passages, deep dub meditations and ultimately an inspired instrumental record until itself. Only once the band had crafted this musical narrative, did Matisyahu begin to work on a lyrical narrative of his own — a lyrical narrative that is simultaneously informed and integrated with the music yet driven by Matisyahu’s own personal journey. The result is Undercurrent. The record is musically Matisyahu’s most courageous release to date and lyrically his most vulnerable.