Smart Araneta Coliseum was packed again last October 30 for a soulful and acoustic music on a Sunday night. The popular US singer-songwriter and Grammy winner Jason Mraz performed for almost 2 hours of pure talent together with his long-time friend and percussionist Toca Rivera. We never thought that the acoustic set-up of this concert would be possible enough to fill the coliseum but once again Dayly Entertainment brought up a huge success and organized this event that drew more than 12,000 attendees singing, dancing and stealing their own ways into Jason’s music.
The coliseum was full of excitement, a lot of fans brought signs/posterboards like “Love the Jesus look Jason” , “Jason thank you for being my birthday gift” , “Jason, you changed our lives. Let’s hang out!” The evening opened with a song called “She’s The Bomb” , Jason Mraz was casual, wearing a yellow bandana and a T-shirt with a word PEACE and he wanted the crowd to feel as comfortable as he was onstage. The acoustic evening was truly made for the fans, he’s such an amazing crowd pleaser and makes you feel as if you were at the small venue. Mraz kept strumming along through tunes such as the “The Dynamo of Volition” and “Live High”. Unexpectedly he performed one of the Beatles’ classics “Across The Universe” and a cover Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”. In between songs, Mraz engaged the crowd, leading call and response chants and making jokes. The performance of “Lucky” was one crowd-pleasing throwback and the fans screamed again on the top of their lungs and performed together with Mr A-Z with 2 of his biggest hits “You And I Both” and “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)”. He left the stage after his performance of “Details In The Fabric” and “Life Is Wonderful” making the audience chanting his name and “We want more, more, more”.
As the night drew to a close and it was time for an encore, Jason and Toca came back with songs called “Rescue”, “Butterfly”, “The Freedom Song” and finished what appeared to be his final song called “I’m Yours” which brought down the house as he played with his guitar, making it a pure presentation of a musical genius.
The set-up was perfect for an acoustic concert, it was not too flashy with 2 large screens. The sound was superb, the live singing voice was crystal clear. The energy of the crowd was unbelievable from start-finish, the ease and smooth sailing of the entire acoustic concert was amazing and everyone felt like part of the show.
Here’s the complete set list
She’s The Bomb
The Dynamo of Volition
If It Kills Me
Across The Universe (Beatles cover)
Fly Me to the Moon (Sinatra cover)
The World As I See It
The Woman I Love
A Beautiful Mess
Please Don’t Tell Her
I Won’t Give Up
93 Million Miles
You and I Both
The Remedy / Wonderwall (Oasis interlude)
Details in the Fabric
Life is Wonderful
The Freedom Song
Special Acoustic Evening with Jason Mraz with Toca Rivera was brought to you by Dayly Entertainment. More pictures at the Philippine Concerts Gallery
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