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posted Friday, October 24 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 43
Jason Mraz gives uplifting performance at Benaroya
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Jason Mraz gives uplifting performance at Benaroya

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

JASON MRAZ W/RAINING JANE
BENAROYA HALL
MARK TAPER AUDITORIUM
October 21


In the hands of Jason Mraz, everything is gonna be alright. The Grammy-winning artist played a two-hour set this week at Benaroya Hall that showcased his niche of music with positive, inspirational themes. His appearance was part of the 'YES: A World Tour' that will continue traveling through North America, and onto Asia, Australia, and Europe.

'Tonight's show is gluten-free,' he said to a full house during a brief introduction of his opening act. 'If there are any nut allergies, the show does get a little nutty.'

Raining Jane, an all-female quartet of multi-instrumentalists that formed in 1999 while attending UCLA, not only opened the concert with a short set of their own, but doubled as Mraz's band for the entire performance. The show began with 'A Beautiful Mess,' one of the first tracks that Raising Jane and Mraz co-wrote together. It was followed by a sassy cover of the Eurythmics' 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)' that featured the guitar riff from The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army.' During 'The Dynamo of Volition,' the audience was encouraged to participate with hand and finger dance moves that fans have incorporated into the tune. It also included a snippet from Lionel Richie's 'All Night Long (All Night).'

'If you're concerned about your body odor, Mraz joked, 'it's okay to do these dance moves a little lower.'

'Lucky,' originally recorded with Colbie Caillat, was intermixed delightedly with Spandau Ballet's 'True' and Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy the Silence.' Always spontaneous and playful, Mraz did an acoustic rendition of a song he stated was meaningful early on in his career, which turned out to be 'Won't You Be My Neighbor' from 'Mister Roger's Neighborhood.'

'Hello, You Beautiful Thing' featured an electric xylophone, stand-up bass and Raining Jane member Mona Tavakoli gently tapping a sheet of paper taped to her leg for percussion. Mraz performed a solo, ballad-like version of 'The Remedy (I Won't Worry)' that sounded amazing inside the symphony hall's 2500-seat auditorium. For 'Back to Earth,' a large image of Mraz's home garden was shown on a screen behind the stage, prompting him to speak about his adventures in composting and becoming a farmer (he owns an avocado orchard near San Diego). The chorus of 'Living in the Moment,' one of the singer-songwriter's top hits, was thrown into 'Back to Earth,' though sadly it was omitted from the set list otherwise.

'Mr. Curiousity' featured Mraz on the piano and vocalizing one of its verses in operatic form. Then came a 20-minute intermission before a shorter set kicked off with 'Love Someone,' the first single from his 2014 album Yes! that was well received by his large LGBT fan base upon its release. A highlight of the concert was surely '93 Million Miles' that found Raining Jane member Becky Gebhardt playing a sitar with colorful imagery on the back screen and wonderful harmonizing vocals from Tavakoli, Chaska Potter, and Mai Bloomfield, who again sung collaboratively with Mraz on an uplifting rendition of 'I Won't Give Up.'

The concert wrapped up with 'I'm Yours,' where everyone sang along with a spirited Mraz who worked the stage from one end to another. There was no encore, though the global pop star made a leisurely exit waving to fans throughout the venue and taking bows with Raining Jane.

This was certainly one of Jason Mraz's finest performances in Seattle, thanks in part to Raining Jane, who provided a fantastic vocal and musical backbone, but also gave the show additional spark. Mraz himself continues to use his voice, literally, to spread positive messages, from promoting pro-environmental issues to supporting same-sex marriage to raising awareness of human trafficking, and his followers love him for it. Two years ago, he traveled to Antarctica to learn more about climate change and entertain a group of scientists studying the continent.

Thus far, the 'YES: A World Tour' is scheduled to close out on February 11 in Glasgow.

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