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Jason Mraz & Noel 'Toca' Rivera


Tue 15 Nov 2011, 7:00pm

Where: The Civic, Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $75.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Internationally-revered recording artist, Jason Mraz, has announced plans for a special international tour, an extraordinary itinerary that will see the Grammy Award-winning tunesmith visiting North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand with one very special show at the Civic Theatre, Auckland on Tuesday 15th November. This will be the only show in New Zealand and is certain to be a unique opportunity to see the US troubadour in a stripped back, sensory mode. 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, and this very special New Zealand show, will find Mraz teaming up with his long-time 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 got 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 featured a star-studded line-up that included Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Morello, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Doobie Brothers, and many others – have gone to support Japan disaster relief efforts and organisations worldwide working to promote safe, alternative, non-nuclear energy.

November will see the duo performing special select shows at such iconic venues as New Zealand’s Civic Theatre, 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.

Hailed as one of the modern eras most gifted pop troubadours, Mraz has shared stages with percussionist Noel “Toca” Rivera for more than a decade. The two musicians first met back in 2000, when Mraz was just making his mark on the San Diego coffee house scene. Enthralled by the young songwriter’s free-flowing lyrical mastery, Rivera invited Mraz to join the eponymous trio he fronted alongside his brother Carlos. The group hit the road, travelling California’s highways and byways together in a beat-up Winnebago, inspiring Mraz’s classic song, “Dream Life of Rand McNally.” When Carlos decided to take time off, Jason and Toca continued to collaborate as a duo, earning acclaim and passionate audience responses wherever they performed. Mraz’s guitar and vocals match beautifully with Rivera’s intuitive djembe playing and the two maintain a long friendship and collaborative relationship, recording and touring together to this day.

“I dig the groove Toca lays down with his drum,” Mraz says, “and the delicate touch he finds on the harmonies. He's like every member of the Dave Matthews Band and Boyz II Men rolled up in one prize wind-up teddy bear designed to beat a drum.”

Mraz of course went on to become a worldwide superstar, a multi-talented singer/songwriter who made pop history with the sensational single, “I’m Yours.” The four time platinum track - featured on Jason’s double platinum album, “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.” - was not only the #9 highest selling single in 2009, but was also #15 on the highest selling single ‘ARIA 2000-2009 End of Decade Charts.’

Do not miss the opportunity to see this very special event; an artist in a mode you’ve not seen him in for some time.

Tickets on sale Monday 12th September, 9am.

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