His performance at Thursday's Twilight Concert Series installment only hammered the point some more. Tens of thousands gathered in our LDS-strong city to cheer (no, scream!) for the person a colleague likes to call, "The Rapping Rabbi." And of course, Matisyahu didn't disappoint. He took the stage, slowly chanting spiritual prayers and then launched into his hip-hop, bass-driven and even sometimes kind of psychedelic style of reggae.
Here's a video, complete with what the crowd looked like from the stage (well, from below the stage where I stood). It was an intense night. Before I say more, here are some details: Matisyahu sounds as good live-if not better than-he sounds on his albums. His voice is pitch perfect and rich, the perfect reggae voice; yes, King Without a Crown and One Day (Matisyahu's major hits) sounded amazing, complete with their own, concert-ized spins and Matisyahu played for two full hours. Yup. Two hours.
Here he is singing a cool version of Got No Water. Any shakiness was due to crowd craziness. (They could not be tamed!)
Here's just a little of his opening vibe: