Jason Mraz has announced details of his upcoming North American tour. The Atlantic recording artist kicks off on September 11th at Bangor, Maineâ€™s Bangor Waterfront and then continues through early October (see dates below). For up-to-the-minute ticket on-sale, pre-sale and tour information, check out www.jasonmraz.com.
In tandem with his own tour, Mraz will also be making a series of additional appearances, including a September 12th headline performance at the Life is Good Festival 2010 in Canton, Massachusetts. The Grammy Award-winning tunesmith will also join his longtime pals Dave Matthews Band for a pair of shows at Chicagoâ€™s world famous Wrigley Stadium on September 17th and 18th.
Having spent much of the past few months in the studio working on his next studio album, Mraz scheduled the upcoming itinerary as a way of getting fansâ€™ response to some of his new material. Moreover, the San Diego-based troubadour wanted to take the opportunity to visit a number of markets missed by his previous North American tour: â€œEven though we performed 250 shows all around the world in 2008 and 2009, I still got emails and Facebook messages from fans whose hometowns we missed,â€ said Mraz. â€œWhen I found out I had some time off, I called up the band and said, â€˜Letâ€™s get to some of these places.â€™â€ Support for most dates on the trek will come from acclaimed singer/songwriter â€“ and fellow Atlantic recording artist â€“ Robert Francis. Also Christina Perri, whose song â€œJar of Heartsâ€ has created a national stir, will appear on a few select dates.
Throughout his career, Mraz has received praise as a consummate live performer. From his earliest days in the coffee shops of San Diego to his recent sold-out performance at the Hollywood Bowl, Mrazâ€™s live show has always been a testament of his true musical chops. Earlier this year, Mraz took home Grammy Awards for both â€œBest Male Pop Vocal Performanceâ€ (for â€œMake It Mineâ€) and â€œBest Pop Collaboration With Vocals,â€ honoring his alliance with Colbie Caillat, â€œLucky.â€ Both tracks are featured on 2008â€™s RIAA platinum-certified â€œWE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.â€
The albumâ€™s first single, â€œIâ€™m Yours,â€ proved a momentous #1 smash, earning ASCAPâ€™s 2010 â€œSong of the Yearâ€ award at their Pop Music Awards while also setting the record for the longest-running song in the 52-year history of Billboardâ€™s â€œHot 100.â€ The first song ever to top the charts at four different pop radio formats, â€œIâ€™m Yoursâ€ is the sixth best-selling digital track of all time, with sales of more than 5 million downloads.
Fueled by the success of â€œIâ€™m Yours,â€ â€œLucky,â€ and â€œMake It Mine,â€ â€œWE SING. WE DANCE. WE STEAL THINGS.â€ became a genuine worldwide sensation. In addition to the albumâ€™s platinum certification in the US, the album has received multiple platinum certifications in Korea (6x), France (5x), and Indonesia (3x); double platinum certifications in Australia and Canada; and platinum certification in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
In addition to the aforementioned Grammys, Mraz has been feted with an array of other honors, including the Songwriters Hall of Fameâ€™s esteemed â€œHal David Starlight Award,â€ presented to gifted songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. A committed activist as well as an artist, Mraz was honored last year by the Environmental Media Association for his impassioned efforts.
Mrazâ€™s most recent release is â€œJASON MRAZâ€™S BEAUTIFUL MESS â€“ LIVE ON EARTH,â€ a two-disc CD/DVD set capturing him at his onstage best, performing a wide array of his greatest hits. Filmed and recorded in August 2009 as Jasonâ€™s blockbuster â€œGratitude CafÃ© Tourâ€ hit Chicagoâ€™s Charter One Pavilion, the collection includes a DVD â€“ directed by Darren Doane (â€œIâ€™m Yours,â€ â€œLucky,â€ as well as videos from such diverse artists as Van Morrison and Shinedown) â€“ featuring the full-length concert, never-before-seen backstage footage, and the exclusive new mockumentary, â€œUn Beau DÃ©sordre.â€
North American Tour 2010
9/11, 9/13-9/16, 9/20-22, 9/28-10/6 â€“ Robert Francis supports
9/24-26, 10/8 â€“ Christina Perri supports
11 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
12 Canton, MA Life is Good Festival *
13 Utica, NY Stanley Performing Arts Center
15 Buffalo, NY SUNY Buffalo â€“ Baird Point Amphitheater
16 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
17 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field (w/Dave Matthews Band) *
18 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field (w/Dave Matthews Band) *
20 Charleston, WV Clay Center For The Arts & Sciences
21 Greenville, SC Peace Center
22 Charleston, SC Carolina First Arena
24 Starkville, MS Mississippi State University Bulldog Bash
25 Searcy, AR Benson Auditorium/Harding University
26 Murray, KY Regional Special Events Center
28 Newark, DE Bob Carpenter Center
29 Columbus, OH The LC Outdoor Pavilion
30 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium
4 London, ONT John Labatt Center
5 Ottawa, ONT Scotiabank Place
6 Quebec City, QUE Colisee Pepsi Arena
8 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara County Bowl