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Students see Jason Mraz, Christina Perri at Riverbend

By Sabrina Brown
On September 5, 2012

The Xavier Student Activities Council (SAC) took three buses
of students to Riverbend Music Center to see Christina Perri with Jason Mraz on his tour "Tour is a Four Letter Word" on Aug. 28. Perri opened the concert, playing her familiar hits "Jar of Hearts," "Arms" and "A Thousand Years." A standard break followed Perri's set, during which she was available to fans for pictures and autographs. Mraz opened his portion of
the concert with "Freedom Song" off his new album "Love is a Four Letter Word" before grabbing the crowd's full attention with his hit song "The Remedy (I Won't Worry)." Many of Mraz's songs are fairly slow, so the concert moved at a slow pace. Mraz's set list was constructed with this in mind, as
most concerts are, with his more well-known pieces spaced quite far apart. Mraz played quite a few covers throughout his show, including Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon," Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Three Little Birds." As the concert wound down,
the crowd was anxiously awaiting Mraz's most popular hit, "I'm Yours," which Mraz cleverly transitioned after "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." The highlight of the concert, however, came during the encore, when Perri joined Mraz on stage to perform her song "Distance" as a quiet duet. Mraz then finished the concert with his most recent hit "I Won't Give Up."
The show was filled with digital visuals for each song Mraz and his band performed. Cameras often highlighted some of the more unique members, all of which sported the blue body paint that Mraz himself was wearing. Although the music itself was a bit slow, the visual aspects of the concert held the crowd's attention. It may not have been the concert of the century, but "good" is a four letter word. 

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