A Hasidic Jew scoring a Top 40 hip-hop/reggae hit in America seemed about as likely in 2004 as 2Pac and Bob Marley rising from their graves for a collaborative effort. But it still happened—Matisyahu stormed the music world with Shake Off the Dust . . . Arise that year, and he has been churning out heartfelt, genuine reggae hits detailing his religious experiences ever since. Anyone who listens to KROQ has no doubt heard the live version of Matisyahu’s most popular hit, “King Without a Crown,” complete with plenty of hip-hop swagger and a truly face-melting guitar solo. Find out for yourself when his tour stops at the House of Blues.
Mon., Aug. 2, 7 p.m., 2010
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