|Jewish rapper coming to BCPA|
|Written by Tim Rosenberger, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 28 November 2012 13:35|
Tickets are currently on sale for the concert An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu, which will be on Feb. 5 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.
Matisyahu is a Grammy nominated Jewish musical artist who has mixed rock, reggae, hip hop, beat boxing and rap into his own individual style.
Tickets prices range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday at the BCPA box office at 600 N. East St. in Bloomington.
They are also available online at www.artsblooming.org or by calling 309-434-2777.
Although tickets can be bought at the door the night of the show, Joel Aalberts, BCPA’s performing arts director, advises people to get tickets as soon as possible in order to get the best seats.
VIP tickets, of which there will be 108, will allow attendees to a special post-concert meet-and-greet with Matisyahu, as well as an opportunity to take a photo with the artist.
With the farthest seats being 75 feet away, the evening promises to be an intimate one, Aalberts said.
“It’s very unlike anything that we’ve presented here before, but the great thing about bringing the arts to the community is that everybody has their own unique tastes,” Aalberts said.
“Someone who taps into that kind of music but also brings so much of the devout spirituality that comes with Hasidic Judaism is very unique,” Aalberts added.
Songs from Matisyahu’s recently released album, “Spark Seeker,” along with some of his earlier work, will be played.
“For those who are more curious, I think, again, the interesting personal story that comes along with him as a musician is compelling enough for a lot of people, who maybe don’t know him, to want to give it a try,” Aalberts said.
Some of Matisyahu’s previous hits include “One Day,” used as the theme for the NBC 2010 Winter Olympics broadcast, and “King Without a Crown.”
The concert will feature an unannounced opening act. Also, a post-show question and answer segment will be featured post-concert.