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Jason Mraz at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, August 26, 2014: Set List

Night two in San Francisco!

It started again with Jason coming out sans fanfare to say ‘hey’ to the crowd. But this time he was wearing a cape, which was fantastic.

 

It's Guitar Man!

It’s Guitar Man!

Then some lady up front (not me) shouted that she wanted to cut his hair, which was weird, and he delicately sidestepped the offer by saying he’d just recently gotten it all cut off, partly because he was tired of people thinking he was Kenny G.

He should sell these at the merch booth. It would be a popular Halloween costume.

He should sell these at the merch booth. It would be a popular Halloween costume.

Then he introduced the ladies of Raining Jane, and they played these three songs on their own:

A World That’s Made for Me and You
No Fear/You’re Enough? (Not sure what this one is called.)
Love Is a Battlefield

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Then Jason returned, this time with lights and fog and the whole bit, and he and the Janes skipped the older stuff they’d done the night before and led off with these songs:

Everywhere
Hello, You Beautiful Thing
A Beautiful Mess – Before this one Jason was talking about how great it is to see so many people together, looking in one direction. Then he clarified, “We’re not One Direction. We’re the other direction.”
I Won’t Give Up – Jason called this one, not a break up song, but a save up song, for when you’re trying to save the relationship.
You Can Rely On Me


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Quiet
All Dialed In – This one he introduced by talking about some of the environmental type books he’d been reading at the time, like “The World Without Us” by Alan Weisman.
The Woman I Love
Out of My Hands – “This is in case the woman totally freaks out on you and leaves you. You tried your best.”
3 Things
Back to the Earth
Shine

The crowd is riveted.

The crowd is riveted.

– Intermission –

Lucky (with the “Sweet Child ‘o Mine” guitar riff) –> Set Adrift on Memory Bliss –> Enjoy the Silence
Long Drive –
Done with a lucky audience member sitting next to him, driving an imaginary car.
93 Million Miles

Love Someone
Song for a Friend

Mona makes me want to dance, too.

Mona makes me want to dance, too.

Bottom of the Sea – For the kids album he may someday do, and set to a video of the trip he and Mona took to Antarctica, when he had the Kenny G hair. The best part was that it took them three tries to play the right chords, and then to get the video to sync with their playing. It’s fun when people aren’t perfect.

Jason Mraz on a boat in Antarctica. Not, luckily, at the bottom of the sea.

Jason Mraz on a boat in Antarctica. Not, luckily, at the bottom of the sea.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow ->I’m Yours
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday

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By the end of the evening I was so glad I went to both San Francisco shows. The first night we got “1,000 Things”, “Dynamo”, “Make it Mine” and “Details in the Fabric” and he didn’t play any of those the second night, but we did get more new stuff.

I’m headed to New York in a few weeks, not for the whole Five Burroughs tour, but for one night at Radio City Music Hall. Can’t wait to see what a New York Mraz crowd is like.

To float your boat is what I’m hoping,
Lisa

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Jason Mraz at Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, August 25, 2014: Set List

The tour is on! After warming up in San Diego, Jason and the Janes headed up to San Francisco and gave us a fantastic night of music at Symphony Hall. It’s a beautiful place for a concert, and the curved seating arrangement makes it look like there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Aug 25, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - Soundcheck (Posted by Jason Mraz, Photo by Jeff Coffman)

Aug 25, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – Soundcheck
(Posted by Jason Mraz, Photo by Jeff Coffman)

But for the first time ever I had a front row seat, right in the middle, right in front of Jason, and that seat was spectacular.

Jason was nice enough to post a photo of my seat. I added the arrow. He's not psychic. (Aug 25, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - Soundcheck, Photo by Jeff Coffman)

Jason was nice enough to post a photo of my seat. I added the arrow. He’s not psychic. (Aug 25, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – Soundcheck,
Photo by Jeff Coffman)

As usual, Jason came out before the show started, without any pomp or rock star swagger, to say hello, thank everyone for coming, and to introduce Raining Jane. He noted that doing this sort of ruins any big entrance that he might make later, but I love the low-key chatter.

Raining Jane took the stage and played three of their songs:
Howling forever? – They didn’t say what the name of this one was, and this is the only lyric I write down. Any ideas?

Chaska introduced the second song: This goes out to anyone who’s had their heart broken.
Mona: By a douchebag.

I really, really love Mona.

I want to be Mona when I grow up. Except she's younger than me. But whatever.

I want to be Mona when I grow up. Except she’s younger than me. But whatever.

The Opposite of Blue
Wish You Were Here

And then Jason did make a big entrance, with the stage curtains parting and him walking out all back-lit and dramatic. There may have been lasers.

Did I mention I had a really good seat?

Did I mention I had a really good seat?

Only Human
Dynamo of Volition
Lucky – Set Adrift on Memory Bliss – Enjoy the Silence

PM Dawn *and* Depeche Mode? So good.

And then we got a little pep talk from Jason on optimism, and how you have to work at it sometimes.

Remedy
– This was stripped way down, just him and his guitar, more mellow than usual.
1,000 Things – He played this with the ladies, minus Becky, saying “It’s Raining Jan, because there’s only three of them.” He also introduced this song by saying that when he was younger he was optimistic about  “gettin’ some”, and that’s what this song is about.

1,000 things went right during this show.

1,000 things went right during this show.

And then Becky came back! I love how apathetic and Daria-esque she looks most of the time, like an older sister who was forced to go to a party to watch over a younger sibling.

Oh, Becky.

Oh, Becky.

But then sometimes she smiles and you think, “Hey, she doesn’t hate this!”

She likes it!

She likes it!

Hello, You Beautiful Thing
Rely On Me

And then there was a little break in the music while he talked about the Jason Mraz Foundation and the good work they do there working with kids of all ages and abilities, and we watched a short video about it. Then, to demonstrate the way they teach kids to put themselves in other people’s shoes, they played Details in the Fabric. Blindfolded.

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But Jason, how do you stay so positive?
3 Things
Back to the Earth
Love Someone
Song for a Friend

– Intermission –

Already, if he’d stopped right there it would have been an incredible show, but there was a whole second half!

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow -> I’m Yours

Leading the crowd in the sing-along at the end if "I'm Yours".

Leading the crowd in the sing-along at the end if “I’m Yours”.

And then he talked about going to Antarctica with scientists to study global warming and perform on a boat, which he said was like “An Inconvenient Truth… the Ride”. And we got a new song and highly entertaining video to go with it, which they played along to, live, in perfect synchronicity.

Sail Away With You

Long Drive

Chaska was rocking out for her sort-of hometown crowd.

Chaska was rocking out for her sort-of hometown crowd.

I think Becky’s sitar solo was in here, and had Mraz dancing around the stage like he was at Burning Man.

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93 Million Miles
A World With You
Shine

Flying through space with Jason Mraz, Rocket Man.

Flying through space with Jason Mraz, Rocket Man.

And that still wasn’t all, because there was an encore:
What Would Love Do Now? (From the film “May I Be Frank”)
I Won’t Give Up

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I gotta say, that’s the biggest downer of a song to end a show with. It’s just so slow. But it was still one of my favorite Mraz shows ever, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to not sit in the front row again 🙂 I’m so spoiled now. It’s just really cool to be close enough to see them all smiling at each other, laughing at little goofs, and having a ton of fun. You could tell through the whole night that they were having a blast up there.

Mraz fingernails close-up.

Mraz fingernails close-up.

I’m doing a few more shows this tour, so check back for more updates and set lists.

Long drive, long night,
The best night of my life,
Lisa