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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Matisyahu - Featuring Levi Robin

The Stiefel Theatre
Salina, KS
© Lydia Lowe 2013

Levi Robin
Matisyahu - Featuring Levi Robin . . . The crowd expected to see Matisyahu but we got an extra treat when Levi Robin, an acoustic guitar player who at one time was in Matis backup band, took to the stage as the opening act.

Robin sang about five different songs and they were all great.  Robin is just starting out on his solo career and it was great to hear his songs.  He's a very quiet fellow and didn't talk much.  However, His music is spot on.  The final song of his performance was entitled, "No Worries" and you can download it for free from Robin's website.  The link to his site is listed on the "Links" page.  Go check out his music.  It's worth a listen.

After a brief intermission, Matisyahu took to the stage.  I was not familiar with his music but I am now.  The audience was comprised of some very dedicated and vocal fans who didn't hesitate to call out song titles they'd like to hear as well as interact with Matis in between song breaks.

The songs were a blend of Jewish tunes that no matter who you are you will recognize the rhythms, as well as Reggae beats and the two blend perfectly together.  Who would have thought that would be possible.  There was even a bit of Bob Marley thrown in for good measure.

Matis has a very distinctive voice that pulls you in and grabs your attention.  You really want to sit and listen to him sing, it's almost hypnotic.  He took a break to give his band a chance to stretch and rest, during this time he took questions from the audience.  Many of the audience members had been traveling from concert to concert to see him.  Also, he won some converts to his music and they asked him when he'd be playing in their area.

The only problem that I had with this concert was the stage lighting.  It was a bit avant garde to some extent, but the theatre was so dark most of the time with bright splashes of rolling color that you couldn't see the performers clearly on stage.  It was a bit disconcerting.  

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