Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Jason Mraz at Villa Montalvo - July 24, 2006

Last night we enjoyed a fantastic concert performance by Jason Mraz (his Wikipedia entry) at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA. Jason started the concert solo with just his guitar in hand, launched into a 30-minute song which featured nearly every aspect of his style. Then, eventually, we got to applaud. Nice.

Another blog entry here (I saw the "Rod Stewart" look-alike as well).

Note: Pictures were allowed at the concert

We're members of the Montalvo Arts Center, so we get first crack at buying the tickets. As such, we were able to secure seats 7 rows back, dead center. Being at eye-level and center made for a very enjoyable experience. Villa Montalvo is a beautiful outdoor venue. It was a balmy 85 degrees F when the concert began, but very pleasant as the concert wrapped up 2.5 hours later!

Jason is clearly returning to his acoustic and coffee-house roots. He will be releasing an acoustic CD this fall. His voice is so good, smooth, and versatile, that it is really just another instrument on the stage. Technically solid.

The part that blew me away was when Jason, in the middle of a song while he was singing, turned off his guitar's amplifier, tuned it, then turned the amp back on. I don't understand how you can tune the guitar while singing. Damn talented people!

Thanks, Jason, for a very enjoyable evening.

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