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Jason Mraz announces free San Diego show at Rady Shell

The free show is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23

Jason Mraz, left, performs with his band on the NBC "Today" television program in New York Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
AP Photo/Richard Drew

Mr. A to Z is providing the remedy for your summertime blues.

Fallbrook farmer Jason Mraz and his Superband announced Tuesday a free concert at San Diego's Rady Shell at Jacobs Park later this month, but there wasn't much time to plan -- tickets became available at 11 a.m. and the queue was filled with thousands almost instantly.

Before the start time, the Rady Shell's ticketing website showed a countdown clock for a virtual queue. Anyone in line before 11 a.m. was randomly assigned a place in line and those who made it through could secure four tickets. Click here to join. In a little over an hour, the tickets were "sold" out.

The "I'm Yours" singer said in a video post he wanted to offer a free concert for San Diegans because "you put up with our process, you always get the first shows and help us launch our tour. That's why we want to end our tour right back at home."

Mraz is currently on the "Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride" summer tour, named after his latest album. The tour originally did not include a stop in San Diego, but it was likely withheld to announce the surprise free show scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Mraz's last stop in San Diego was with Jimmy Buffet for the first-ever concert at Snapdragon Stadium. Earlier this year, the singer-songwriter also joined other musicians in a celebratory reunion concert for Java Joe's, the coffee shop (and man behind the coffee shop) that helped launch the careers of Jewel, Gergory Page and, of course, Mraz himself.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Jason Mraz is a farmer in Fallbrook. We had incorrectly identified him as being born and raised in San Diego. We regret the error.

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