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Mraz on SNL: Does This Make Him a Household Name?

I was out with friends tonight and on my way home I thought, “This is it. I’ve procrastinated far too long. It’s time to get blogging again.”

Is Toca moonlighting as a Hawaiian guitarist?

Why tonight? Well, earlier today my friend asked if I wanted to join him, his sister and her husband for a concert of Hawaiian music. It sounded like something different to do on a saturday night, so I said yes.

When we got to the venue we were waiting to go in and they asked if I knew anything about this kind of music. I said, “Not really, but I have seen Makana before. Does he count?”

That threw them off.  Makana wasn’t part of this show, but they knew who he was and were impressed that I’d heard of him. I explained that Makana toured with Jason Mraz a few years back as part of the Curbside Prophets tour, and I got a couple of eye rolls, but I told them, “Sorry, but all roads lead back to Mraz.”

(Our YouTube culture is still so new that I can’t find any clips of Mraz and Makana from the 2004 CP tour. Instead, here’s one of them doing “I’m Yours” last year.)

So I got home around 11:45, after a wonderful night of music (including an awesome hour-long performance by Willie K, who could be Toca’s brother from another mother) and thought about writing up the Mraz-Makana-Hawaii connections.

I turned on the tv to keep me company while my laptop was booting up and… what’s this? It looks like Jason Mraz. It sounds like Jason Mraz. It sings like Jason Mraz. But it’s Joseph Gordon Levitt playing Jason Mraz on SNL.

I couldn’t believe it. Has Mraz really become that mainstream? Sure, “I’m Yours” has been on the radio for two years now, but I thought most people still didn’t know his name. But in this skit, not only did they joke about his mellow sound, but also about his avocado farm and his hats. So I guess America is pretty familiar with our Mr. A-Z. (Jason’s buddy, Dave Matthews, also made an appearance in the sketch as Ozzy Osbourne.)

I have to say, JGL did a kick-ass job of the whole thing. He’s done a really impressive job of going from child actor to adult star, and he’s looking really hot.

That’s my story of how a simple evening out with friends turned into a Mraz-centric night of music and sketch comedy. The People’s Choice Awards are coming up in January and Jason is nominated, so I guess we’ll see just how much of a household name he really is.



Jason Mraz Did SNL

mrazsnlyoursDid you catch it last night? What did you think? At first Jason’s voice sounded a little strained, like maybe he was sick or getting over a sore throat, but he pulled it off. Maybe performing with shoes on threw him off.

The goatee is a new look. I dig it. He still looks awfully skinny, but happy.

And Colbie? Eh. I don’t love her, but she did alright, and I do like that she isn’t some little stick figure. She had a very cool skirt on.

Next stop: the Grammys!

Watch the SNL performance.

Don’t Forget! Mraz on SNL, Jan 31

Hey Everyone,

Just a reminder that Jason will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live tomorrow, Jan 31. Steve Martin is hosting, so the rest of the show might actually be worth watching.

Mraz SNL

Two Things I Didn’t Think I’d Ever See

A year ago, I thought Obama was a long shot. Thank goodness I was wrong.

A year ago, I thought Jason Mraz would never be mainstream enough to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Thank goodness I was wrong?

We are so excited!!! Jason Mraz will be the featured musical guest on Saturday Night Live January 31st with host and SNL alum Steve Martin! Check local listings for station and time and be sure to tune in!

That’s from his Facebook page. And it is exciting, but it also reminds me of his LA show in November (where he packed the 5,800+ seats at the Greek Theatre) when he said that people complained to him that his shows were getting too big and popular and he said something like, “Well stop telling people. I didn’t do this, you did.”

Yes, we did.

And now I just hope that the rest of the country can join their feelings of Obama love and hope and change into the Mraz spirit of kindness and gratitude and hot sex. (I threw that last one in their from my own list of priorities. I don’t think Jason would mind.)

What a happy, wonderful place this country might start to be.

Sing to me a song of love,