Jason Mraz 2011 Tour Dates

Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz has revealed his plans for an international concert tour set to kick off on August 7, 2011 in Mountain View, California. Mraz’ tour will include benefit concerts to help raise funds for charities including the Japanese disaster relief efforts and Farm Aid. Mraz’ 2011 international concert tour will include stops in Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe before winding up in San Diego, Ca on November 28th and 29th.

Mraz will be joined by his friend, percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera, for most of the tour.

From the press release:

The schedule gets underway with a performance at the Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE) benefit concert slated for August 7th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Proceeds from the event – which features a star-studded line-up that includes Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Morello, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, and many others – will go to support Japan disaster relief efforts and organizations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative, non-nuclear energy.

From there, Jason and Toca will head to Kansas City, Missouri, where they will perform at this year’s Farm Aid benefit concert, scheduled for August 13th at Livestrong Sporting Park.

In September, Mraz and Rivera’s impromptu travels will begin in Morocco, and will take them throughout Europe, where they will immerse themselves in local culture, seeking unique performance spaces and treasured surf spots. Their European tour will kick off in Southwest France, where they will headline the inaugural Groundswell Festival, an eco-friendly surf and music festival being held in the Landes Region near Hossegor, the surf capital of Europe. Following the festival, the duo will make stops in Prague and Berlin.

November will see them performing special select shows at such iconic venues as Australia’s Sydney Opera House and New York’s Carnegie Hall. While in Australia, Mraz and Rivera will take the opportunity to visit some of the world’s treasures there that they have never experienced, including Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). The tour will conclude on November 28th and 29th with a pair of eagerly awaited, special, intimate shows at Spreckels Theatre in Mraz’s adopted hometown of San Diego.

Mraz will also perform a number of U.S. shows fronting his own Super Band.

Hailed as one of the modern era’s most gifted pop troubadours, Mraz has shared stages with percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera for more than a decade. The two musicians first met back in 2000, when Mraz was just making his mark on the San Diego coffee house scene. Enthralled by the young songwriter’s free-flowing lyrical mastery, Rivera invited Mraz to join the eponymous trio he fronted alongside his brother Carlos. The group hit the road, travelling California’s highways and byways together in a beat-up Winnebago, inspiring Mraz’s classic song, “Dream Life of Rand McNally.” When Carlos decided to take time off, Jason and Toca continued to collaborate as a duo, earning acclaim and passionate audience responses wherever they performed. Mraz’s guitar and vocals match beautifully with Rivera’s intuitive djembe playing and the two maintain a long friendship and collaborative relationship, recording and touring together to this day.

“I dig the groove Toca lays down with his drum,” Mraz says, “and the delicate touch he finds on the harmonies. He’s like every member of the Dave Matthews Band and Boyz II Men rolled up in one prize wind-up teddy bear designed to beat a drum.”

Jason Mraz 2011 Tour:

* denotes Super Band date – All other dates acoustic with Toca Rivera

AUGUST
7 Mountain View, CA MUSE Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre
13 Kansas City, MO Farm Aid at Livestrong Sporting Park

SEPTEMBER
17 Hossegor, France Groundswell Festival at Landes Region
20 Prague, Czech Republic Palac Akropolis
21 Berlin, Germany Passionskirsche
24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion* (w/ Colbie Caillat)
25 Portsmouth, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion*

NOVEMBER
19 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House
20 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House
23 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
25 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
28 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
29 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre

For up-to-the-minute details and on-sale information, please visit http://jasonmraz.com/index.php#/tour/.

Source: Atlantic Records – July 19, 2011