Known for hits like “The Remedy”, “Curbside Prophet” and more recently the ultra-catchy reggae tinged melody “I’m Yours”, Jason Mraz hit the stage sporting his trademark Fedora last night, lyrically charming his way into everyone’s hearts with a healthy set-list featuring a mixture of tunes from his current album “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” as well as his breakthrough release “Waiting for My Rocket to Come”.
To be honest, I thought his main set which had it’s golden moments including a ukulele-driven cover of Rick James’ “Mary Jane” (me thinks he was given the heads up about Vancouver before arriving), was a little short. But, along with his 7-piece “super-band” including brass trio, Mraz finished off strongly with a 5-song encore:
The supporting stage lighting show was creative and complimentary to Mraz’s laid back style and EVERYONE in the auditorium seemed to have a good time. Even the fella next to us that seemed to be lifeless for the first few tunes, was up on his feet dancing away with the rest of us by the end of the night.
A couple of side notes. Firstly, Lisa Hannigan who stepped in for the majestic Colbie Caillat on the duet “Lucky”, also opened for the night with her own entertaining brand of Irish Folk. She was a real sweetheart and someone to definitely check out if you’re looking for something new to listen to this week.
She’s best known for her backup vocal work on a couple of Damien Rice albums, but she more than held her own on stage last night.
Secondly, do make sure you check out Jason Mraz’s official website. It’s simple, quirky, and entertaining if only for his quips found throughout the site when you have the “Voice” feature selected. Check it out at www.jasonmraz.com.