Jason Mraz is ready to tour the world.
Today he announced plans for a special international tour, an extraordinary itinerary that will see the Grammy Award-winning tunesmith visiting North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. More than just a concert tour, Mraz' worldwide journey will see him celebrating music's lasting power to inspire change and help others through global citizenship.
The majority of the tour will find Mraz teaming up with his longtime friend, percussionist Noel "Toca" Rivera, for a series of acoustic dates celebrating the tenth anniversary of their independently released classic, "LIVE AT JAVA JOE'S." The schedule gets underway with a performance at the Musicians United For Safe Energy (MUSE) benefit concert slated for August 7th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Proceeds from the event – which features a star-studded line-up that includes Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Morello, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, and many others – will go to support Japan disaster relief efforts and organizations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative, non-nuclear energy.
From there, Jason and Toca will head to Kansas City, Missouri, where they will perform at this year's Farm Aid benefit concert, scheduled for August 13th at LivestrongSportingPark.
In September, Mraz and Rivera's impromptu travels will begin in Morocco, and will take them throughout Europe, where they will immerse themselves in local culture, seeking unique performance spaces and treasured surf spots. Their European tour will kick off in Southwest France, where they will headline the inaugural Groundswell Festival, an eco-friendly surf and music festival being held in the Landes Region near Hossegor, the surf capital of Europe. Following the festival, the duo will make stops in Prague and Berlin.
November will see them performing special select shows at such iconic venues as Australia's Sydney Opera House and New York's Carnegie Hall. While in Australia, Mraz and Rivera will take the opportunity to visit some of the world's treasures there that they have never experienced, including Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock). The tour will conclude on November 28th and 29th with a pair of eagerly awaited, special, intimate shows at Spreckels Theatre in Mraz's adopted hometown of San Diego.
Mraz will also perform a number of U.S. shows fronting his own Super Band. For up-to-the-minute details and on-sale information, please visit http://jasonmraz.com/index.php#/tour/.
*denotes Super Band date
All other dates acoustic with Toca Rivera
Additional dates to be announced soon.
7 Mountain View, CA MUSE Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre
13 Kansas City, MO Farm Aid at Livestrong Sporting Park
17 Hossegor, France Groundswell Festival at Landes Region
20 Prague, Czech Republic Palac Akropolis
21 Berlin, Germany Passionskirsche
24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion* (w/ Colbie Caillat)
25 Portsmouth, VA nTelos Wireless Pavilion*
19 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House
20 Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House
23 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
25 New York, NY Carnegie Hall
28 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
29 San Diego, CA Spreckels Theatre
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