In hopes of continuing the trend of outstanding acts performing at Burruss Hall this year the Virginia Tech Union is sponsoring, “A Rare Acoustic Evening: Jason Mraz and Very Special Guests, Raining Jane” this Wednesday, Oct. 16.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the two-hour show will begin at 7:30. Tickets, which are $25 for students, $35 for Virginia Tech faculty and $45 for the general public, will be available for purchase upon arrival.
DezaRae Beers, a senior communication major and VTU’s director of concerts, has been the lead force behind bringing Mraz to Tech.
“I surveyed the student body and he was a popular choice,” Beers said. “Plus he’s from Virginia and he’s won Grammys, so I think it’s important for southwest Virginia to be exposed to artists that have done really well, especially if they’re also from Virginia.”
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz originally comes from the small town of Mechanicsville, Va. but first gained musical recognition in 2000 at a San Diego coffee shop.
Shortly after, in 2002, he released his debut album, “Waiting for My Rocket to Come,” which became popular with the hit single, “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry).”
Since then, Mraz has dabbled in several musical genres, from pop-rock to reggae, and has released three more albums.
“He has so much work that spans so many different genres and so many years,” Beers said. “A two hour show is going to be really fun because you’ll get to hear things you heard in 2004 as well as the things he’s performing now, in 2013.”
Haley Feazel-Orr, a junior biology major, is among many looking forward to Mraz’s performance.
“I wanted to go see him because he’s someone I’ve listened to since I was young,” Feazel-Orr said. “And he never puts out a song that I don’t love.”
The 36-year-old singer’s major breakthrough came in 2008 with the light and soulful single “I’m Yours.” From the album “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things,” the song was Mraz’s first top-ten single, and later went on to break a Billboard Hot 100 record when it remained on the list for 76 weeks.
Most recently, Mraz has been working to promote his latest album, “Love is a Four Letter Word,” featuring the hit “I Won’t Give Up,” which hit number one on iTunes in January 2012.
Mraz also gained recognition in the past year when he became the first international artist to perform publicly in the country of Burma. The concert, sponsored by MTV EXIT, worked to raise awareness about human trafficking within Burma’s borders.
Currently, Mraz is touring the country and working on his fifth album in collaboration with the all-female band Raining Jane.
Raining Jane, which debuted in 1999, features the talent of Mai Bloomfield, Chaska Potter, Mona Tavakoli and Becky Gebhardt. The four women feature a rock-folk sound and have been working with Mraz since 2007.
“Raining Jane is absolutely incredible,” said Laura Bedenbaugh, VTU’s director of student programming. “We’ve been trying to get them to perform here for years and were so ecstatic when we found out they’d be coming with Jason Mraz.”
Beers and the VTU have been planning the event since July of this year and look forward to seeing it come to fruition.
“It’s important for the Virginia Tech student body to understand the amount of work that goes into bringing a performance like Jason Mraz to campus,” said Nick Warrington, VTU’s graduate advisor. “It’s pretty cool that a completely student-run organization is able to pull something like this off.”