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

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