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Pop-Break Live: Matisyahu Acoustic [Asbury Park, NJ]

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The Paramount Theater was abuzz as Matisyahu quietly walked on stage. Flanked by a three piece band, the crowd wondered how the Hasidic reggae artist, known for his high-energy shows, would be performing a special ‘intimate evening’ acoustic concert.

But one should never question Matisyahu.

Remember we all fell in love with him listening to his Live at Stubbs record, so we should’ve know that live, no matter the venue or type of performance, this MC would kill it. And kill it he did. Matisyahu’s glorious voice echoed throughout the legendary theater. Occasionally he’d break into beat boxing onstage (take that Justin Timberlake), which drew a huge response from the crowd.

All and all — it was a unique experience that hopefully the artist will keep as yearly tradition…one that we hope returns to Asbury Park in the near future.

Check out Bill Bodkin’s interview with Matisyahu from Summer 2012

Bill Bodkin
Bill Bodkinhttps://thepopbreak.com
Bill Bodkin is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Pop Break, and most importantly a husband, and father. Ol' Graybeard writes way too much about wrestling, jam bands, Asbury Park music, HBO shows, and can often be seen under his season DJ alias, DJ Father Christmas. He is the co-host of the Socially Distanced Podcast (w/Al Mannarino) which drops weekly on Apple, Google, Anchor & Spotify. He is the co-host of the monthly podcasts -- Anchored in Asbury, TV Break and Bill vs. The MCU.

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