Jason Mraz fans have been waiting eagerly for an announcement of some kind, with most speculating and hoping for a new album release. On July 18, the Grammy-award winner announced via Twitter that he would embark on a mini world tour, and San Diego fans are in for two intimate concerts on Nov. 28-29 at the Spreckels Theatre.
Mraz willbe celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of Live at Java Joe’s (currently available on iTunes as Jason Mraz: Live & Acoustic 2001), a project recorded with percussionist Noel "Toca" Rivera. This album garnered Mraz many followers, subsequently gaining attention from the smash hit “I’m Yours,” which features Rivera on the djembe drum, so it’s only fitting that most of the tour dates include Rivera. All of the shows with Rivera will be acoustic sets, and Mraz will be backed by his Super Band on remaining dates on the tour.
Always in a philanthropic mood, Mraz will open the tour at the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) Benefit concert, on Aug. 7 in Mountain View, Calif., at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Proceeds from the show will be given to organizations worldwide supporting relief efforts for the Japan disaster. Mraz will also perform at 2011 Farm Aid, held this year on Aug. 13 at Livestrong Sporting Park, in Kansas City, Mo. No October dates have been announced as of yet, but the international leg of the tour kicks off Sept. 17 at the Groundswell Festival at Landes Region, Hossegor, France.
San Diego fans will be treated to two dates -- Nov. 28-29 -- implying that Mraz never forgets his local musical roots. Hopefully, during the tour, a release date for his very-much-anticipated next album will be announced. Sadly, both San Diego shows are already sold out.