Jason Mraz shines at Pavilion with fun show

A review of Jason Mraz at the Bank of America Pavilion on August 4, 2009

, Staff

There is nothing quite like watching a skinny white guy rockin a fedora, but Jason Mraz makes it look like old hat. Combining a virtual smorgasbord of musical genres including reggae, pop, folk, rock, hip hop and jazz,& Mraz had the entire crowd at the Bank of America Pavilion on their feet dancing Tuesday night for the first of two shows in Boston.&

Mraz and his eight-piece band opened the show with “Coyotes” off his 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. The combination of bongos, trumpet, saxophone and keyboards throughout the show accented by soft ocean breeze around the Pavilion, gave a warm reggae infused feel.&

Considered one of his biggest hits, “Remedy (I Won’t Worry)” had the crowd singing along and Mraz put a great Jamaican twist to the song, that sounded even better than the album version. “I’m Yours,” another crowd favorite and his latest hit song was played surprisingly early but Mraz& intertwined a stellar rendition of “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley in the middle of the song. He yelled out to the crowd periodically during the song “now just the short people sing” to “now only the girls with natural haircolor” to “now sing to someone you don’t know”. The crowd ate it up.&
A little over an hour into the performance, the lights dimmed and Mraz and his band left the stage. Some audience members started to leave but a clamor arose from the back of the Pavilion as Mraz and a girl introduced as “Alyssa”, appeared in the center section facing the back of the venue and sang “Lucky” which features Colbie Caillat on the We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things album.& &

Mraz also sang “You & I Both” off his 2002 debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come album. The slow song was great and the entire crowd was standing on their seats trying to catch a glimpse of Mraz on stage. The lights dimmed again, before Mraz and company appeared back on the main stage and kept rocking till the 11 p.m. curfew. The song “Butterfly” was accompanied by some hula hoop girls strategically placed dancing around the back of the Pavilion.

Mraz finished off the night by covering Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long.” A surprising song to choose to cover, but with the bongos and brass section he made it his own.

G. Love & Special Sauce opened the night with some funky tunes that helped achieve their role of warming the crowd up for Mraz. Rocking a Dylan-like guitar/harmonica look, G. Love (Garrett Dutton III) was in fine form as he led his band back to his old stomping grounds. With songs like “Cold Beverages”, “Holla” and “Peace, Love and Happiness” the band has been called an alternative hip-hop group with G. Love beat boxing and rocking the harmonica. A surprise rendition of The Beatles “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?” was a crowd favorite.

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