I purchased my tickets back in April with the fan pre-sale code. That means I had the chance to buy VIP meet & greet tickets, but couldn't afford it. I entered all the meet and greet contests I could find and put a lot of positive thoughts towards winning one. Good news! I won a VIP meet and greet experience from a local radio station (which included a set of tickets which I donated to a Jason Mraz Foundation charity), got a limo ride to the show, and met Jason Mraz for the first time! Words cannot convey my excitement. I just about cried! I told him I had 1000 Things to say to him but I had narrowed it down to two things, and put the rest in a letter (no there really wasn't 1000 things in the letter). He was so nice, soft-spoken, and we chatted for about 5 minutes before he signed something for me.
We got back into the stadium just as Christina Perri launched into her second song. I enjoyed her set, she had some very energetic songs mixed in with her hits. And she mentioned how when she was 17 she had a dream...to sing with Jason Mraz. She was doing autographs after her set and we had a bracelet to do that. A huge Perri fan was in line before us. She was anticipating meeting Christina as much I had meeting Jason. When she got to the front of the line and realized she had to have a bracelet she started crying, so we gave her ours.
We made it back to our 2nd row seats just in time for the lights to go out. Jason started off with Everything is Sound (with Mona doing the whistling) and segued into The Remedy. I snapped a few pictures and then put my camera away to enjoy the rest of the concert. It was so much fun, with a nice mix of old and new songs. Jason seemed to be having a really good time. He chatted a bit between songs. Here's a clip of what he said about laughing during a song:
SORRY THE CLIP PLAYER ISN'T A GREAT PROGRAM - Will Replace soon!
He did a very touching song, which I first heard in January 2011, that was co-written with the members of Raining Jane (which includes Mona Tavakoli) called When We Die. Every song is a favorite, so it's hard to pick only one, but Plane was very powerful. I loved the theatrically of it...Jason didn't play is guitar, but played airplane, watch:
Mona Tavakoli was a dynamo! She has great energy on stage. Here's a short clip from You Fuckin' Did It:
Then Jason sat down on the edge of the opposite side of the stage from where we were and did This Is What Our Love Looks Like, and was slowly joined by the rest of the band members for I'm Coming Over/Going Up The Country. He did a beautiful rendition of Unfold and finished off with I'm Yours/Three Little Birds.
It didn't take very long for them to come back for the encore, and Jason said they had to cut a few songs from the encore because he'd chatted too much. Christina came out to do Distance and then he did one of my favorite songs on the new album, co-written with old friend Michael Natter, 93 Million Miles. The crowd joined in for I Won't Give Up, as did members of Christina Perri's band.
But the best part was, as they were all leaving the stage, he looked right at me, made a heart with his hands, and mouthed "Thank you, (my name)" I just about died!
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SETLIST:Everything Is Sound
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Stevie Wonder cover)
Who's Thinking About You Now?
Fly Me to the Moon (Frank Sinatra cover)
You and I Both
Sleeping to Dream
Living in the Moment
Frank D. Fixer
When We Die
The Woman I Love
A Beautiful Mess
You Fuckin' Did It
This Is What Our Love Looks Like
I'm Coming Over / Going Up The Country
I'm Yours / Three Little Birds
(with Christina Perri)
93 Million Miles
I Won't Give Up
Jason Mraz was joined by his long time friend Toca Rivera for an acoustic concert in Whistler, BC, the first of the Jason & Toca duo shows.
They did a 20 min. or so soundcheck, playing "I Never Knew You" (which we first heard in the "Jason goes to New York" video, "Won't you be my Neighbor" (Mr. Rogers),"Be Love", and a new song....anyone know what it's called?
He started the set with "I Never Knew You". " This first song is about forgetfulness," he joked because Toca forgot to stand up to start playing. We first heard this song in the "Jason goes to New York" video. During "Would you be my Neighbour" he kidded |I hope to meet a few friends here so I can come back when the snow fall. I've been know to tear it up on the mountain once or twice, on my face. I love tubing!" transitioning into Lucky, singing "I feel you Whistler across the sea" and doing a verse in Spanish joking "That's for you french Canada" and "Now in Japanese...oooohooo...oooohooo, thank you Rosetta Stone". The crowd enthusiastically sang along to You & I Both, The Remedy, and Butterfly and doing the high fives for Dynamo of Volition. The Beatles tune "In My Life" was followed by one of my fav's "What Would Love Do" which transitioned into another fav, "Beautiful Mess" which had slightly different harmonies. Then he started to sing into the hole in the guitar, creating a really cool echoing effect with his voice moving smoothly into "Plane".
"Everyone has done something correct, to end up in this place. You've made great choices in your life. It's a big world, and there's a heck of a lot of crazy stuff going on out there. It seems pretty peaceful here. Fresh air...activities...good musak...excited people...gratitude. So to be respectful of the fresh ears, I just want to say, you F'n did it" The crowd loved the new song "You Fucking Did it" it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E! The harmonies by Toca were beautiful (as always) and it was nice to see him playing the cajon a few times throughout the evening. The encore was I'm Yours/Three Little Birds, and after a set of 18 aMRAZing songs, they called it a night.
Set List - Whistler, BC August 5, 2011:
1. I Never Knew You
2. Would you be my Neighbor
4. Frank D. Fixer
5. You & I Both
6. The Remedy
7. Sail Away
9. Only Human
10. In My Life
11. What Would Love Do
12. Beautiful Mess
14. They Shaped My Life
15. You Fucking Did It
16. What Mama Say
18. I'm Yours/Three Little Birds
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I also loooove this thread from RKOP, it has some great pictures! "Your Favorite Picture(s)"
You have to see Jason Mraz perform live to experience the fullness of his beautiful tenor voice, his melodic, nimble wordplay, and soulfulness on stage. He’s playful, funny and spontaneous and understands music’s power to uplift and empower people. Jason's music makes people happy and on stage, happiness is exactly what Jason delivers!
Well known for his clever, inspired way with words, Jason's songwriting talents were recently recognized when he received the Songwriters Hall of Fame's esteemed "Hal David Starlight Award" at the organization's 40th anniversary gala. The award-given to gifted songwriters who are making an impact in the music industry via their original songs.
Jason picked up two Grammies for 2010: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for 'Make It Mine' and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for 'Lucky' with Colbie Caillat!