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Les Claypool and Matisyahu make a good pairing at Jannus Landing


When I first heard about Les Claypool and Mastisyahu doing a concert together at Jannus Landing, I thought that perhaps I had too much to drink and was hearing fanciful things.

Turns out, even though the pairing was an extremely odd match-up, the concert was nothing but glorious.

First, let me mention that I got an amazing experience to hear Matisyahu's acoustic set at 97x earlier in the day. Before you say that it's a press privilege I got, I went about getting it in the same way other people did. I checked his Twitter earlier in the day and found that he was offering tickets to anyone who wanted to go. All I had to do was message him and I was welcome to come. The lesson is, check you're favorite artist's Twitter pages when they're coming to town.

The reason I mention this is because he played a song called One Day at both the acoustic set and the concert. I'll be surprised if this song isn't his next major hit and sweeps the radio waves as fast King without a Crown did.

Matisyahu still retains an amazing energy and soulfulness. While on stage he'll go from jumping around and moving to the music to singing out a verse that melodically touches your inner being.

After everyone was put into a joyful mood from hearing Matisyahu, it was time for Les Claypool to come out. If you don't know anything about the former front-man of Primus, let's just say he holds the title for the weirdest man in rock.

Donning a strange mask that made him look like Cyrano De Bergerac, Les immediately got to playing and the whole mood of the crowd changed from swaying and happy to jumping around in an insane fashion.

With a band consisting of cello and xylophone player, Les was able to showcase his musical capabilities on his bass with the perfect back-up. While I love Primus, I think his current setup shows off just how musically skilled the man is.

It's nice to see that two bands that have utterly different styles can get together and the whole crowd will enjoy it. From joyfulness to eccentricity, this concert was not lacking and makes me want to see more interesting matchups.

--Story/photos by Leigh Armstrong, Times Staff Writer

After the jump, check out some photos of the from the wild experience!

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 12:00pm]


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