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The Red Rocks Amphitheater Experience

Jason Mraz

It was a magical night at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Jason Mraz represented good vibes and being positive every day.

A huge colorful banner with the words “Good Vibes” was hanging behind the instruments as Mraz and his band greeted the sold-out Red Rocks crowd. The 10-piece band wore different colored jumpsuits that resembled a rainbow. The crowd was smiling and having a good time.

At the beginning of the set, Mraz told the crowd to take a collective deep breath. The crowd followed instruction, revealing how incredible it is when 9,000 people are taking a peaceful breath together. Mraz wanted the crowd to feel comfortable with one another and feel the love in the air.

Mraz is an incredible musician with stunning vocals and playing his guitar. It was a great experience watching Mraz engage with the crowd by having the audience follow his moves. When Mraz put his hands in the air, the crowd followed. When Mraz told the crowd to give each other high fives, the crowd followed.

While performing hits such as “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up,” Mraz smoothly nailed every single note perfectly. The band was so locked in with each other that you could feel the groove in the air. Mraz and his band created artistic moments in the set. During “Might As Well Dance,” the whole band was dancing their asses off, and engaged the audience to do the same. Whenever there was an instrumental hit or solo play in a song, the band nailed it ever time.

It was an amazing moment when guitar virtuoso Molly Miller took a shredding solo that audience was mesmerized by. When looking around, all focus was on Molly Miller and the crowd gave a huge ovation when she finished playing.

In the middle of the set, Mraz and his band played a heartwarming tribute to the late Aretha Franklin with a cover of “I Say A Little Prayer” and “Respect.” The singer-songwriter invited many of his crew members out on stage to dance and sing along with him, which was another example of how inclusive Mraz was during his set. Mraz included a sitar player in his cast, which is something you typically don’t see every day. Percussionist Mona Tavakoli and sitar-pro Becky Gebhardt took an intense solo that had the audience in awe.

Mraz and his band gave Red Rocks a reminder of the good in the world. Concerts are supposed to be a place where strangers and friends can come together to celebrate music. Mraz gave 9,000 Red Rocks attendees a reminder to do something that we often forget to do — breathe. “I don’t know how many breaths I’ve taken today, but I’ll remember every breath I’m taking tonight.”

Towards the end of the set, Mraz introduced each musician on stage as the crowd was giving them a round of applause. Mraz and his band finished the set with new single “Have it All” and the crowd went wild. Mraz took a few pictures with the fans in the front and everyone was leaving with a smile.

There were stars, lights, red rocks, and good vibes all around.

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Arik Ruiz

September 10th, 2018

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