How does Jason Mraz open up his first headlining show at the legendary Madison Square Garden? The way a man who got his start performing in San Diego coffee houses would: "What's up, dudes?"
And so the singer-songwriter eased into a beautiful two-hour set last night, just like he said he would, completely engaging his audience with his heartwarming songs that had them smiling from ear-to-ear.
Wearing a fedora with his pony-tail tucked in, Mraz was apparently very comfortable on that MSG stage (perhaps his recent performance at Z100's Jingle Ball helped). He even paraded around barefoot--that's how chill this dude is!
The Virginia-native and his band sported neon stripes on their cheeks and arms as if they were some peace tribe, and they definitely brought the good vibes on favorite sing-along numbers like "I’m Yours" and "93 Million Miles."
Here's the complete breakdown by the numbers.
Start time: 8:38 p.m.
Number of times Jason Mraz sang solo/acoustic: 11
Number of horn solos: 5
Number of harmonica solo: 1
Number of times Mraz directed the audience to do something: 6
Number of times people did “the wave”: 3
Number of times people clapped along: 10
Number of group hugs: 1 (in our seat section, anyway)
Number of crowd surfers: 0
Number of times I got the chills: 9
Number of times the audience sang along: 11
Number of people holding signs: 2 (one of them read: "I want to be your lover" and Mraz sang it out loud)
Number of times the girl behind me yelled in a piercing scream: 18
Number of times Mraz said/sang the word "love": countless
End show: 10:40 p.m.
... and here's the set-list!
Everything Is Sound
Don't Wake Me From This Dream
Make It Mine
Frank D. Fixer
You and I Both
Living In The Moment
The Woman I Love
You Totally Did It
This Is What Our Love Looks Like
I'm Coming Over
In My Life
Song For A Friend
93 Million Miles
I Won't Give Up