Jason Mraz’s performance, “A Special Acoustic Evening with Toca Rivera,” at Carnegie Hall, had fans screaming in amazement. Mraz gained a standing ovation after almost every beautiful performance.
Mraz is the epitome of a naturally gifted songwriter. He writes music that sounds more like poetry, getting anyone tongue-tied who tries to sing along to his beautifully-crafted lyrics and witty choruses. And, hearing them all acoustic, was like hearing heaven’s skies open up as the angels sing.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, Mraz put on a show that certainly would make any fan thankful for sharing the evening with him. He was previously in Bali and Sydney, later traveling to the big apple at a venue he humbly expressed he was honored to play.
Couples danced in the aisles to his slower love songs; Audience members screamed “Toca!” in between songs, as Mraz cracked jokes about being barefoot in Carnegie Hall and requesting ‘tofurkey’ at an audience member’s invitation to attend Thanksgiving dinner at his house.
Mraz is down to earth, funny, and has the ability to move people with a word, or simply with a chord. From hits like “I’m Yours,” “Make it Mine,” and “Love for a Child,” to covers of Beatles’ songs and Sinatra tunes, Mraz wooed the audience.
One particular song had the longest standing ovation for his performance of “Mr. Curiosity.” In the album’s track, listeners get to hear a little of Mraz’s amazing opera voice. However, live, he full out put on an opera show, playing the piano beautifully, and using the theatre’s great acoustics to nearly move people to tears. It was like he took the audience to another century, staring in wonder at his profile as he belted out crisp, clean notes.
Mraz and Rivera have unbelieveable chemistry together, and Rivera harmonizes beautifully with Mraz–musically and comically.
Whether a song about love, divorce, or the beauty of life, Mraz is a master at his craft. And with Carnegie Hall as a backdrop to a long-haired Mraz, and sunglass-sporting Rivera, one finds it hard to imagine a more perfect place to witness something so miraculous. Then again, Mraz could sing the phone book on a street corner, and people would still flock to listen.