Jason Mraz has announced plans for a special international tour, an extraordinary itinerary that will see the Grammy Award-winning tunesmith visiting North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia with a special one-night show in the Philippines at the historic Smart Araneta Coliseum on October 30. More than just a concert tour, Mraz’ worldwide journey will see him celebrating music’s lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship.
The majority of the tour will find Mraz teaming up with his longtime friend, percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera, for a series of acoustic dates celebrating the tenth anniversary of their independently released classic, “LIVE AT JAVA JOE’S.” The tour will take the duo across the globe, from benefit concerts and festivals in the USA, Morocco and France, to shows at such iconic venues as Australia’s Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall. The tour will conclude in November in Mraz’s adopted hometown of San Diego.
Hailed as one of the modern era’s most gifted pop troubadours, Mraz has shared stages with percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera for more than a decade. The two musicians first met back in 2000, when Mraz was just making his mark on the San Diego coffee house scene. Enthralled by the young songwriter’s free-flowing lyrical mastery, Rivera invited Mraz to join the eponymous trio he fronted alongside his brother Carlos. The group hit the road, travelling California’s highways and byways together in a beat-up Winnebago, inspiring Mraz’s classic song, “Dream Life of Rand McNally.” When Carlos decided to take time off, Jason and Toca continued to collaborate as a duo, earning acclaim and passionate audience responses wherever they performed. Mraz’s guitar and vocals match beautifully with Rivera’s intuitive djembe playing and the two maintain a long friendship and collaborative relationship, recording and touring together to this day.
“I dig the groove Toca lays down with his drum,” Mraz says, “and the delicate touch he finds on the harmonies. He’s like every member of the Dave Matthews Band and Boyz II Men rolled up in one prize wind-up teddy bear designed to beat a drum.”
Mraz of course went on to become a worldwide superstar, a multi-talented singer/songwriter who made pop history with the sensational single, “I’m Yours.” The track – featured on Jason’s RIAA platinum-certified album, “WE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.” – was a momentous #1 smash, earning ASCAP’s 2010 “Song of the Year” award while also setting the record for the longest-running song in the 51-year history of Billboard’s “Hot 100.”
Give yourself an early holiday treat and don’t miss Jason Mraz Special Acoustic Evening with Toca Rivera. Tickets now available at all Ticketnet outlets and at Smart Araneta Colisuem Box Office. Ticket prices (exclude 6% Ticketnet service charge) are Php3,500 for Patron and Lower Box, Php2,500 for Upper Box A, Php1,500 for Upper B and Php800 for General Admission. For ticket inquiries, log on to www.ticketnet.com.ph or call 9115555.
Jason Mraz Special Acoustic Evening with Toca Rivera is presented by DAYLY Entertainment in association with LAMC Productions and Rockstar Touring.