Matisyahu at Crystal Bay Casino Lake Tahoe on Saturday |

Matisyahu at Crystal Bay Casino Lake Tahoe on Saturday

If you go ...

What: Matisyahu

When: 9 p.m., Saturday, May 4

Where: Crystal Bay Casino (14 Nevada Route 28, Crystal Bay, Nev.)

Tickets: $35 + ticket fees


Last week we wrote about how Crystal Bay Casino frequently nabs acts who fly under the radar. Well, sometimes they also have acts who could easily sellout a much larger venue, which is the case Saturday when Matisyahu comes to Tahoe’s North Shore.

The improvisational artist, whose music is rooted in reggae, has gone from touring small clubs to finding mainstream success in the past 15 years.

As Matisyahu’s bio notes, he found himself on stage at one of the biggest music festivals in the U.S. just a few months after releasing his debut album, “Live at Stubbs.”

That festival was Bonnaroo and Matisyahu was sharing the stage with one of the festival’s headliners: Phish.

“Many early fans of Matisyahu remember that moment clearly not because of the songs he played in front of the 80,000-person crowd, but because of his seemingly unfettered confidence (or perhaps naiveté) in helping lead Trey (Anastasio) and his band through an improvisational display of beat boxing and lyrical gymnastics during the two songs performed,” states his bio.

From there Matisyahu’s success continued.

In 2008 he released the hit song “One Day,” for which he is probably most widely known.

More than a decade after that first album, the evolving band behind Matisyahu solidified. The lineup currently consists of Aaron Dugan on guitar; Matt Scarano on drums; Jason Fraticelli on bass; and Rob Marscher on keys.

“It’s been more than a decade for Matisyahu the singer; this is the time of Matisyahu the band,” states the bio.

Matisyahu performs at Crystal Bay Casino Saturday, May 4. Tickets are available at

CORRECTION: This story originally identified incorrect members of the band (Big Yuki on keyboard, Stu Brooks on bass, Aaron Dugan on guitar and Joe Tomino on drums). The correct band lineup is now included in the story.

Support Local Journalism

Your support means a better informed community. Donate today.