Saturday, March 27, 2010
05/08/04 Matisyahu @ Half Moon ROCC, New York, NY
Rocks Off are concert promoters based in NYC. The owner used to book talent at the Wetlands. He also has some awesome and hilarious tattoos including the unicorn/dolphin rainbow pictured above, which has become somewhat of an Internet meme.
I interned for them for a summer and change in 2006, but this was my first concert cruise.
Matisyahu would later become a pretty big star for a "Chassidic Reggae Superstar" as he was billed. We found out about this show from a slightly creepy old hippie Jew who was scheming on my friend's erratic Israeli cousin.
I have to say I was quite impressed with his band, his energy and his beatboxing skills. There's no stage on the boat, so the band plays on the same level as the crowd. At one point, Matisyahu pulled my friend "on stage" to dance it out.
The concert cruise experience is such that it doesn't even really matter who's playing, although Rocks Off books consistently entertaining acts. A boat ride around the island of Manhattan, taking in sights like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty, is enough of a that the music is just gravy.