TULSA – Avocado farmer. Philanthropist. LGBTQ advocate. Husband. Surfer. Broadway star. Pro-marijuana mouthpiece. All things you may or may not know can be attributed to acoustic pop star Jason Mraz, who makes his highly anticipated Tulsa return to the Chapman Music Hall stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, then Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center on Friday, March 30.
“Songs…singing…stories…that’s what we’re going to do,” is what Mraz guaranteed you’ll find at his upcoming solo shows during recent interview on Knoxville’s WBIR.
Mraz, though far removed from his budding youth when he was pinning hits like “The Remedy” and “Curbside Prophet”, hasn’t lost his knack for writing feel-good chart toppers. His last album, a collaborative effort with all-girl band Raining Jane entitled Yes! didn’t have any No. 1 material on it, but “Love Someone” and “Hello, You Beautiful Thing” both demonstrated his ability to craft coming of age love songs; not coincidentally, Mraz married his longtime girlfriend Tina Carano in late 2015, not long after the Yes! Tour concluded.
On this solo acoustic tour, Jason will pull songs from all over the catalog, including international faves like “I’m Yours”, “I Won’t Give Up” and “93 Million Miles” among others, as well as plenty of stories and anecdotes. One of the most gifted male vocalists of our time (with Grammy Awards to prove it), Mraz also dabbles in light humor and audience interaction when give attention on intimate concert settings.
During a recent interview with NPR, Mraz shared he’s only got one more album left under his current recording contract, and that he’s anticipating semi-retirement.
“I want to get out of the competition that pop music can be sometimes,” he said. “I want to finish that up and continue to be a performer and a writer, but just do it on my own time.”
At press time, Mraz announced a Good Vibes Summer Tour with a band comprised of Raining Jane and other members of his previous touring bands, including percussionist Toca Rivera. The nearest tour stop to northeast Oklahoma is in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 31. Brett Dennen will co-headline the tour.
A new album, Know, is scheduled for a spring 2018 release, with “Have It All” being the album’s lead-off single, out April 2018.
For tickets and full details visit jasonmraz.com.