Atlantic/RRP Welcomes Jason Mraz To UCLA's Royce Hall
June 9, 2014 at 11:40 AM (PT)
On WEDNESDAY (6/4), Atlantic/RRP recording artist JASON MRAZ and his band performed for an enthusiastic crowd of students and the entertainment industry at ROYCE HALL on the UCLA campus in LOS ANGELES.
MRAZ kicked off the show seated on the edge of the stage where he performed a solo acoustic version of his song "Good Old Daze," followed a familiar tune that was instantly recognized by the audience as the "Mr. Rogers" theme song (which JASON mentioned he had learned while watching PBS).
He was then joined by his backing band RAINING JANE, which is an all-female group of musicians from LOS ANGELES who joined him for a previous tour and eventually began collaborating with MRAZ' in 2007 co-writing the hit "A Beautiful Mess." RAINING JANE also contributed to MRAZ' forthcoming fifth studio album entitled "Yes!" (scheduled for release on July 15th) and we were treated to many of these new songs WEDNESDAY night.
The set list also included: "Hello," "Lucky," "Long Drive," "Browntown," "93," "Only Human," "Love Someone," "The Woman I Love," "3 Things," "Back To Earth," "Everywhere," and "I Won't Give Up," followed by an encore that included the hits "Beautiful Mess," and "I'm Yours."
During several points in the set, drummer/vocalist MONIKA TAVAKOLI stole the show with her unique drumming style on Cajon, drums, and various other percussion instruments. At one point, TAVAKOLI, guitar/mandolin/ukulele player CHASKA POTTER, and bassist BECKY GEBHARDT (all alumni) broke into a BRUINS fight song which obviously got the UCLA crowd fired up. During the encore, JASON and his band unplugged their instruments and stepped in front of the microphones for an unplugged version of "I'm Yours" as the crowd joined in for the finale of what was truly an intimate evening of music.