Jason Mraz: Jakartans ‘Lucky’ to host singer in concert today
AP/Chris PizzelloDid you miss Jason Mraz’s last two concerts in Indonesia? Want more of the twice Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter’s music? Or simply looking for a memorable Friday night to close the month
Jason Mraz is in the archipelago for his second concert in the capital. Titled “Love is a Four Letter Word”, Mraz’s Asian tour is celebrating the release of his highly anticipated new album of the same name.
The 34-year-old Mraz, best known for his chart-topping singles “I’m Yours”, “Lucky”, and the recently released “I Won’t Give Up”, will be taking center stage at Jakarta’s Bung Karno Stadium today at 8 p.m. He last performed in Jakarta at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) as part of the Java Jazz Festival in 2009.
According to Mraz’s official website, Jakarta will be Mraz’s seventh stop of his tour. He first performed in Busan, South Korea, earlier this month, and is scheduled to wrap up in Singapore on June 29.
The artist performed in Kuala Lumpur two days ago, having written on his personal Twitter account, “Sunrise, Kuala Lumpur. Thanks for an amazing show last night.” Hold the jealousy — Mraz will be celebrating his 35th birthday one day after tonight’s show.
Often dubbed one of the modern era’s most talented artists, Mraz embarked on his musical career on the San Diego coffee shop circuit back in early 2000. Accompanied by his signature acoustic guitar, Mraz regularly performed from one café to another before releasing his first album, Live at Java Joe’s, the following year.
From then on, Mraz’s musical journey went full throttle. He released his following albums Waiting for My Rocket to Come, Tonight, Not Again, and Mr A-Z in 2002, 2003 and 2005, respectively.
Four may be an unlucky number for many, but definitely not for Mraz. Mraz caught his big break with his fourth album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things, which was released in 2008. The album has been certified multi-platinum, platinum and gold in over 20 countries across the world, and Mraz’s hit single “I’m Yours” made music history as the longest-running song on the Billboard 100.
In spite of all the success, Mraz remains one of the few artists who truly have stayed humble. He established the Jason Mraz Foundation to help sustain charities such as Free the Slaves and the True Colors Fund, and completed various humanitarian and environmental missions both within and outside of the United States.
But what is next for the singer, songwriter, humanitarian and environmentalist?
“[My next goal would] probably [be raising a] family. Other things are great; career, achievements. But one thing I have yet to master is being somebody’s husband and raising a family,” said Mraz in an interview with the Bangkok Post.
Ticket prices start at Rp 420,000 (US$44.50) for regular class to Rp 1.2 million for VIP class on Rajakarcis.
With the success of Mraz’s hit single and new album, concertgoers should expect a fun-filled night of sing-and-dance-alongs with Mraz. He can finally be “Yours”, at least for one night.