Monday, March 21, 2005

Coffeehouse Mraz-Amatazz: Singer/Songwriter Jason Mraz Plays WC's Lifetime Fitness Center, April 8

General Admission Tickets On Sale March 21

Chestertown, MD, March 20, 2005 — Listen up you Live at Java Joe's junkies! Washington College's Student Events Board welcomes singer and songwriter Jason Mraz, with special guest, to the College's Benjamin A. Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center, Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Washington College students, faculty, and staff are $15 per person with a five ticket maximum and can be purchased in the Student Affairs Office, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

General Admission tickets for the public are $25 per person and are available through all TICKETMASTERlocations or by calling 410-547-SEAT. Tickets will be available day of show for $30 per person.

Hailing from Mechanicsville, Virginia, Mraz grew up as a fan of the Dave Matthews Band and the Agents of Good Roots. With a poetic style mixing country and roots rock with coffeehouse folk, jazz, and the rhythmic charge of hip-hop, Mraz began his apprenticeship with an early interest in musical theater, which he pursued following high school at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. He dropped out after a year to take up guitar and to focus on songwriting, but his training as a vocalist would show itself on his debut album which critics praised for its marked clarity and vocal range.

In 1999, Mraz headed west and settled in San Diego, known for its coffeehouse music circuit where singer/songwriters such as Jewel found their start. Playing local shops, Mraz eventually landed a weekly slot at hot-spot Java Joe's. At the same time, Mraz met drummer Toca Rivera and the two began performing together—Mraz on acoustic guitar, Rivera on djembe—developing a live show that featured as much comedy as music. Over the next two years, Mraz's following grew, garnering him the attention of major record labels. In early 2002, Mraz signed with Elektra Records and returned to Virginia to write and record his debut studio album, working with veteran producer John Alagía and his high school heroes, the Agents of Good Roots, as his backing band. The resulting effort, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, was released in November 2002.

For more information, visit Jason Mraz's official website,

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