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Matisyahu to perform after Sixers game on March 30 as part of Second-Annual Jewish Heritage Night, presented by Israel Ministry of Tourism - 3/29/2011

Philadelphia, Pa. – March 29, 2011 – Tickets are still available for the Philadelphia 76ers’ second-annual Jewish Heritage Night when they host the Houston Rockets at the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m., presented by Israel Ministry of Tourism. The night features Grammy-nominated recording artist Matisyahu, who blends traditional Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop sounds, and will perform live after the game.

Jewish Heritage Night at the Sixers will feature many exciting opportunities to celebrate Jewish life in America throughout the evening, including a sports exhibit from the National Museum of American Jewish History and kosher catering from Max & David’s of Elkins Park, Pa.

Three-time James Beard Award nominee – last week named a nominee for the 2011 James Beard Award for Best Mid-Atlantic Chef – Michael Solomonov will prepare a brand-new dish for the three-course, $35 prix fixe menu at the Wells Fargo Center’s Cadillac Grille, which will be open to reservations from game ticket holders. He will also provide a cooking demonstration on the club level concourse.

Rabbi Deborah Bodin Cohen, a 2009 National Jewish Book Award finalist, will read her book “Naschon, who was Afraid to Swim” in the Sixers Reading Corner in the Broad Street Atrium at halftime. Cohen was the associate rabbi and director of lifelong education at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, N.J., before recently moving to Maryland.

The Sixers will honor Arthur Seltzer, a Jewish World War II veteran, as this month’s Hometown Hero. Seltzer’s infantry division was involved in the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945. He now lives in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Tickets for Jewish Heritage Night, which includes the free postgame concert, are available now at SIXERS.com or by calling 1-800-298-4200.

About Matisyahu

Few artists make an impact as complete as the one Matisyahu made with his Top 40 hit “King Without a Crown”: Here was a true original, the song announced—a Hasidic Jewish musician from New York City singing reggae songs about his spiritual devotion. Fans responded to this one-of-a-kind voice, driving Youth, Matisyahu’s Grammy-nominated 2006 studio disc, to the top spot on Billboard’s reggae albums chart. That album, as well as Matisyahu’s previous recording “Live at Stubb’s,” went Gold.

“Light,” Matisyahu’s second studio album, debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard charts and the hit single "One Day" has sold over 500,000 copies to date. Produced by David Kahne (who has worked with Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, Sublime), Matis recorded the album in Brooklyn, NY and Jamaica and got an assist from several guests Stephen McGregor, Sly & Robbie, members of Fyre Dept. and Fishbone, and others. The result is a bold new direction for an artist who has transcended cultures and genres.

In his latest album, Matisyahu returned to the renowned Austin venue that helped to launch his career with Live at Stubb’s, Vol. II, a new CD-DVD package that demonstrates the continued originality and increasing depth of this international artist’s craft.