So Friday I spent the day seeing Jason Mraz and Raining Jane live in Houston. I left Baton Rouge around 12 and got to the University of Houston where I waited around till 7 for the show.
First, Jason came out and made some jokes and introductions. You don't always expect the main event to come out first thing, but he did and he was amazing. He told some jokes and explained that "no" means "not right now....and also I love you." People kept yelling dumb shit and it was annoying. This dumb ass behind me asked, "did you get my message?" (Barf) and Jason was like "no I have a new Hollywood number it's 555-5555". Shut up, random dude!! The same annoying dude kept loudly and out of key singing the wrong words to "The Remedy" like durring the wordless parts of the song he would just make shit up?? idk. and he kept shouting "GEEK IN THE PIIIIINNNKKK". UGHH SHUT YOUR FACE! So Jason said remember: "no" means "not right now" hahaha.
So he introduced Raining Jane and they are an absolute delight. Beautiful girls inside and out. They played 3 songs. 1 they didn't introduce, next was a cover of Tv On The Radio's "wolf like me" and the third she talked about was about getting over a break up that she introduced as "The Opposite of Blue". Absolutely amazing. I loved all of it. The "Wolf Like Me" cover was better than the original!! And I already liked that song previously! It's just different because it was stripped down to the ladies with their strings and guitars and it was so fantastic. I should have taken a video of it!! And then "Opposite of Blue" was so real and so relatable. It really is important to realize that there IS such a thing as being the opposite of blue and you WILL get over it and be ok. These ladies are so talented it's amazing they weren't discovered sooner. I'm grateful to Jason for teaming up with them so that they could reach a larger audience and show off their true talent. Honestly as far as talent is concerned they don't NEED Jason. You know what I mean? But they sounded great alone and they sounded great on Jason's songs, too. It was weird to do the "Dynamo of Voalition" dance sitting down. We sat down until the last 2 songs. It was great to see Jason more closely. I was in the 5th row, thanks to the amazing Philly, but there were maybe 3-5 rows in a clearly seperate VIP section.
See that black curtain up front? Behind that curtain there were free standing chairs set up. Not sure who got those seats. In the future I'm going ro remember to like the concert venue on social media to be aware of any special contests. But I was grateful for my 5th row seat. :)
The atmosphere was so relaxed. They told corny jokes and seemed to be having fun. Like Jason would be doing something and the stage hand would remove his mic and he'd be standing there and just good naturedly be like "oh, ok then" haha!! :) and then there was a lull so Mona said, "what does Snoop Dogg use to wash his whites? BLE-ACH!" Bravo. She is a delight. I love her relationship with Jason. It was kind of like she was the Kevin Eubanks/Quest Love/Fred Armisen/Max Weinberg/Paul Schafer to his Jay Leno/Jimmy Fallon/Seth Myers/Conan O'Brien/David Letterman, respectively. Jason would say things like "remember 'no' means, 'Not right now, and also I love you.' And he joked about how he's going to say that to his kids one day. And Mona said, "I hope you say it in that creepy uncle voice"!!! Amazing. They are so cute and funny. When Jason played "Tonight, Not Again" he explained that early on he didn't really edit his stuff so a lot of times he would just sing whatever he wrote down and he found that any time he sang "love" he felt good and other people felt good. So he saing "love" like he does in that song and it felt good!! He was saying how people tease him like "oh play that song with love in it" and he's like yeah yeah uh huh haha. And he said "people ask me how I stay so positive and wel... I have a doctor's recomendation....*wink*" AHH LOVE!!!!
I did not get picked for "Long Drive" because I wasn't in the front row and he picked some cute girl in the VIP section who said she came from Ecuador. They had all screamed about it before so he knew and wanted to show his appreciation for her long trip. So she sat next to him and drove and then he put her arm around him (!!!!) and then at the end he pulled out a Polaroid and took a picture of the two of them together on stage. Some dumb girl behind me kept loudly yelling out "I'm not jealous!!!!" Oh shut up. *I* AM and you don't hear me whining about it!!!
I think my favorite part was when he showed pictures of his garden when he played "Back To The a Earth" He said this was the first time he has his pictures up!! :) What a treat
Here he explains some about it...
And then ... THE BEST PART
I like to think I was the only person in the audience familiar with that song. And so here's the thing: Jason and Mona went to Antarctica to help with things over there related to the environment and the penguins and what-not. and so he was saying how he was invited down there and it was such and honor but he was concerned about the fuel to fly down to Australia and the fuel it takes to take a boat from Australia to Antarctica. So what did he do? He and Mona KAYAKED to Antarctica. Yeah. Jason Mraz and Mona are better people than you. And me. Than EVERYONE!! True story. I think that's amazing. He thinks of everything. He really, truly cares about the environment. He said at some point, "you know, when I think about the state of our planet, sometimes I get a little sad." The audience laughed. Like...I don't think he's joking! ?!?! So he showed us the video of his trip and he and Mona singing and dancing and playing and it's just amazing. To be in ANTARTICA with the penguins and have a ball!!! :)
He played he ukelele. He plays everything. Mona is just a giant fireball of talent I am mesermized by her.
Amazing show from start to finish.
And so after, Christina and the rest of the Mraz Women helped me figure out how to stalk him after the show. So I went to where I saw the tour busses earlier and there was a group of people waiting at the gates there. After a little bit the security guard said he left. He said Jason got in a white limo immediately after the show and left. So a few people in the crowd left. One girl said that she was staying because that sounded like bullshit. She said she SAW that white limo drive away and it was right out front of the venu. And how did no one see Jason get in a limo right out front when there were people standing out there? Also it is totally not Jason's style to ride away in a limo. She stayed for a little longer and then left. So we stayed and waited. Eventually it was just me and 2 other couples, then me and 1 other couple. The girl said she was waiting until busses pulled away. We saw the Janes get into one bus and they waved at us. Some roadie came up and asked us if he had come out yet and we said no. He handed us each a guitar pick and said he didn't know where Jason was. We kept waiting. At one point the girl said she saw a man all dresses in black, black hoodie pulled up over his head and get in the bus. She thinks that was him. Either that or he was already in the bus asleep. But I don't believe the limo story. So around 1am the other girl gave up and so I left too and headed the 4 hours home to BR. Got in around 5:30 and went to bed. Woke up at noon on Saturday, ate something, and went to work for 2:30. All day Saturday I felt like a ghost. Like half worried I was Bruce Willis in the Sixth Sense. But I am alive and well! :)
I'm disappointed I didn't get to meet him but now I know to wait by the tour busses I'll do that next time.
Here's a review that I wrote for BandsInTown that I did not know would post to FB:
Jason Mraz continues to be completely amazing and mesmerizing. His spirit and his music are truly an inspiration and he encourages all of us to BE LOVE.
Also, it should be noted that Raining Jane is absolutely amazing. These four women are so talented it's a crime they haven't been recognized sooner. I can't wait to listen to their albums!
I will follow Jason anywhere he goes. I can't wait to see him again soon.
PS I had my iphone and my little cannon snapshot camear with me. My phone takes WAAAYY better quality photos and videos. Craziness.
Here is my google Drive folder with all the pictures and videos. Enjoy!!!