So when it happens that I'm invited to see someone perform, and my evening is open, I go.
Last night I went to see Jason Mraz and Christina Perri at Blossom. I haven't been to Blossom in a good 12 years or more. The evening turned out to be lovely.
Jason Mraz is a solid performer and he's got a great voice. His percussionist on this tour, which I think is a different percussionist that his last tours, is incredible! She was mind-blowing on their duet "You F-in Did It." And the sing-along ending of his latest single "You Are Not Alone" was a powerful end to the night.
But I have to say that I think Christina Perri sort of stole the show. Her band was fantastically tight. The sound seemed to be a bit more dialed in for her set as well. Her drummer, Elmo, was a greatly inspired drummer. It was hard not to be impressed. I had never heard of her or her music before last night. Her voice reminded me of Lissie, and though I didn't hear that amazing hit-quality tune, she captivated the audience with her solo piano version of her big song "Jar of Hearts." Her voice was so powerful on that solo number, that she got a very impressive standing ovation by the entire audience, something I've never really seen for an opener.
A lovely night of music.
Here's a link to some Christina Perri (she sounded better with her band live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v_4O44sfjM&list=ALYL4kY05133r-OaXHEr_NOpfCsxhcoQpa&index=1&feature=plcp
And anyone not familiar with Jason Mraz: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vge_zVye8u4