Friday, March 13, 2015

Mraz Superfan Status

I'm pretty sure you all know by now that I am a huge fan of Jason Mraz. On Februray 20th, I'd say I finally reached the super fan status by attending my 10th show. Seeing my favorite fedora wearing, earth loving, happy hippy artist never gets old. Each and every show I see is different in the best ways possible. He is always changing things up for the better. From ad libbing songs, to acoustic sets, to creating visuals made out of recycled plastic bottles, Mraz is constantly doing something new to keep things fresh.

When it was announced in January that Jason Mraz and Raining Jane were finally making their way to the Carolinas, I was one happy girl. So happy that I tweeted about it. That tweet led to the Jason Mraz Team kindly reserving a pair of seats for Jeremy and I on the 5th row, smack dab in the center. They were perfect seats where we sat beside a few other Super fans that I was happy to meet.

The night began with Jason introducing  Raining Jane, an electric rock-folk band, who he created his last album of upbeat, acoustic songs with. Although down one Jane, the three women warmed the audience up with their sweet harmonies and stories of how some songs came to be. Jason joined them soon after starting with one of my faves from the new album, Love Someone.

I was on cloud 9 the entire night. By the time we reached intermission, my cheeks hurt from smiling the entire time. I have never heard Jason talk so much during the show. It was awwwwwesome. He cracked jokes, serenaded a couple who just got married that day and told stories of his garden. The venue made the show feel intimate, almost like we were sitting in a coffee shop, which I love.

My favorite part of the show was when Jason showed a video of when he and percussionist, Mona, went on an Antartic voyage with Al Gore's team for The Climate Reality Project in 2012 . The video played behind them as they sang along. You couldn't help but marvel at the breathtaking sites, say "awwww" at the penguins and laugh at their attempted dance moves. They made you feel like you were right there with them on the trip.

Another personal touch of the show I enjoyed was seeing Jason's garden while they played, "Back to the Earth". A beautiful picture of his garden was shown during the set and afterwards he shared his gardening skills and stories of his avocado farm. I'm hoping to follow in his footsteps this spring by building my own garden box! (Okay let's be real. Jeremy is building the box for me.)

I didn't want the night to end and even attempted waiting by his tour bus to get a print I have signed. Sadly, I wasn't the only one waiting and have to dream of getting the print signed another day.

I could not have asked for a better little getaway for Jeremy and I that weekend. It was nice to explore the streets of Greenville, SC and treat our ears to some great music. I couldn't have asked for a better 10th show. 

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