Matisyahu fuses religion with reggae with show at Ace of Spades

Bryce Fraser and Lance Gawthrop

The Ace of Spades is known for hosting all styles of music, but not so much of Reggae-style Jewish worship music. It can only be Matisyahu playing at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, Calif. on Oct. 16.

The crowd responded very well to the Constellations, the electronic-punk-rock band that opened up for Matisyahu, despite the fact that they played a short set. It was as if the cast to the movie “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story” walked on stage to perform before Matisyahu, beat-boxing to reggae-techno sounds pounding deep into the audience’s eardrums.

At one point in Matisyahu’s show, the band performed a joint solo that is very hard to describe with words while Matisyahu relaxed on top of his loud stage speakers, dressed in a blue sports coat, tan khaki pants and blue Adidas sneakers. He had short hair and was clean-shaven; a drastic change from his usual image of a traditional Jewish rabbi of long curly hair and very long beard.

Moments later, Matisyahu climbed down to stand firmly on stage only to take a stage dive into the crowded room. The audience carried the rapper as he crowd-surfed and then stood tall with the large group of hands holding him up.

After the impressive “Superman” pose standing in the hands of fans, he fell back down to be crowd surfed back to the stage.

His music was preformed wonderfully. Matisyahu’s vocals and lyrics could easily be understood; it sounded just clear as listening off of YouTube.

During the final song of the night, Matisyahu let about 20 fans stand on stage with him before leaving the stage. Overall, the show was amazing. Matisyahu gave fans the spiritual experience they were looking for through his religious reggae-style music. At the end of the night, fans could be heard singing Matisyahu’s song “One Day” as they left the Ace of Spades.