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Matisyahu appears for one night at Sundance [VIDEO]

by Ryan Torok

January 19, 2014 | 6:46 pm

Screenshot from Billboard video of the concert.

Keep playing, Matisyahu signals to one of his band mates. The reggae artist is performing his hit song, “One Day.”

The acoustic guitarist obliges, keeps the strum pattern going.

A couple measures later, Matis segues into the first verse of “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley.

The crowd-pleasing moment, billboard.com reports, took place in Park City, Utah on Jan. 16 as part of Sundance 2014’s Park City Live concert series, according to billboard.com.

Billboard organized the event that showcased Matisyahu’s performance, which took place on Jan. 16.

Two guitarists appeared onstage with the Jewish singer for the gig, which featured at least three songs, the music magazine said.

The change in altitude did not stop the 32-year-old chart-topping singer - and recent L.A. transplant - from making the rounds, apparently. In fact, a Q-and-A that he did with Billboard in advance of the show revealed information about his forthcoming album, “Akeda.”

I have a new record that’s going to be coming out in the spring, that’s called ‘Akeda,’ and I’m very exited about it. I think it’s music that is very personal, probably more so than other music that I’ve made in the past, and it’s very emotional music I think. And I think people will connect with it.

“Akeda,” refers to the Genesis story about Abraham’s binding of his son, Isaac.

Describing the soon-to-be-released record as a “little bit more gritty,” Matis admitted that he has been exploring his inner demons.

“It’s probably a little bit of a darker record than my fans are used to from me, and I think people will appreciate that,” he told personality Michelle Marie, who hosted the Billboard-sponsored one-on-one. 

Marie mentioned Matisyahu's ever-changing physical appearance-- I don't know about you, but I am getting more and more used to Matis' newish look, sans beard -- but he kept the inteview, which was only just a few minutes, focused on the music. 

Performance of "One Day" @ Sundance 2014, courtesy of Billboard.

Matisyahu discusses "Akedah." Courtesy of Billboard

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