Courtesy Atlantic RecordsStarting tonight, Jason Mraz takes Manhattan — and every other part of New York, too. While some artists do residencies in Las Vegas, or at one venue, like the O2 in London, Jason is doing a residency of New York City as a whole, with a concert this month in each of New York City’s five boroughs.
Dubbed the Five Boroughs Tour, Jason and his tour partners, the all-female band Raining Jane, will perform shows in each of New York’s five boroughs — Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx — beginning September 17 in Brooklyn and wrapping up the 22nd and 23rd at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan.
Asked if he’s looking forward to playing any particular section of New York more than another, Jason tells ABC News Radio, “You know, I’m excited to be back in Radio City Music Hall — don’t get me wrong; I do love that. But I’m also just genuinely excited about what each of the boroughs is gonna bring. Because I don’t know. I don’t know what to expect.”
What fans can expect, though, is a different set list in each location. “Definitely! We’re going to mix it up every night, and I get to do that thanks to my amazing support band, Raining Jane,” Jason says. He and the Janes, as they’re called, have been touring together since late August; they also joined him on his current album, YES!
Jason says that one of the goals in doing the tour is to encourage New Yorkers to actually journey from wherever they happen to live to other parts of the city to see him play. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds: people who live in Manhattan, for example, often complain about having to go to Brooklyn. But Jason says, fingers crossed, his music will be enough to tempt folks to travel.
“I’m hoping that we’re not just playing for people in those boroughs, but that it gives New Yorkers a chance to commute and go check out some of the other boroughs and some of the other neighborhoods that they may not have seen yet,” he says.
After he wraps up the New York shows, Jason will head overseas for some shows in the U.K. and Europe, before coming back to North America in early October for more dates.
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