Jason Mraz at The Stone Pony

Jason Mraz performed at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ a few days ago.

I was lucky enough to secure some tickets to go see him at this iconic venue.

First off… the Stone Pony is the place where Bruce Springsteen began his career. 

When you think of the Stone Pony..you think of Bruce.

When I first got tickets to go see Jason Mraz  I was secretly hoping that maybe Bruce would show up and do a surprise set with Grammy award winner Mraz.

But, after noticing on his Bruce’s Instagram he was playing in Europe it wasn’t going to happen. But…if Bruce was in town I bet he would’ve stopped by.  He’s done it before. 

Then I thought of Jon Bon Jovi, another local New Jerseyan.  He  would stop by for sure. He’s not doing much lately.  But no.  He was too busy as well. 

I guess I was kind of naive to think that these mega stars would just drop by and sing a song or two.  But a girl can dream.

But…back to the concert.

I was super excited to hear Jason Mraz  play his solo acoustic show. It was just him, a stool, his guitar and nothing else. He was trying out some new material which did not disappoint.  His new songs were amazing.  

His set mixed in old songs like “The Remedy”, “Beautiful Mess”, “93 million miles” along with some new catchy songs.

All his new material had the essence of Mraz from his early days.  I really loved an untitled song “If you think you’ve seen it all”.  It was perfect.

Even though it was an acoustic night all his new songs were musically mature.

The reason I am saying that is because all his new music left me humming the tunes well after the show ended.  All I  wanted to do was go out and listen to all those new songs on Spotify.  

Sadly, we will have to wait for the release.

It is clear that this might be one of his best albums to come.

The vibe of the Stone Pony.  

Even though the venue was small and intimate the tone of the evening was energetic.

I had been at the Stone Pony before and it is a dive bar.  Dark, cramped, full of annoying people.

Jason’s show was wall to wall… elbow to elbow.. packed full of concertgoers.

Jason came out at the beginning of his set and even quipped that he was a little worried about the fire hazard of having so many people in the venue. Ha! Luckily I was standing near some exits.  

But even I knew the odds were against us if an emergency happened.  There were SO many people crammed in there.

The average age of Mraz concertgoers were about 35-40 year olds mixed with some 20 something millennials.  

Some 35-40 year olds brought along their toddlers/children …of course…wearing cute Mraz fedoras.  

The twenty something millennials spent most of the night snapchatting and going to the bathroom. 

I had the lovely experience of being jammed up next to a group of 20 something sorority girls who were there only to hear Jason’s famous songs like “Lucky”, or “I’m Yours”, etc.

Sadly…those songs were usually at the end of the show so I knew it was going to be a long night.

The sorority girls did not disappoint in their impatience.   

When I first arrived at the venue the line was out the door.  I knew my hopes of getting a front row spot were impossible.  After cramming myself through the already crowded venue I was able to position myself in front of the club’s sound board.  It was about 7 pm  and I was in the “last row.”

But others who must have known the show started at 8 pm came later and filled in behind me.  I  was no longer in the back row.  I was now about 4 rows in.

The four rows in didn’t make much of a difference since most of the large,  tall men with their dates were blocking any reasonable view of the stage.  

Waiting in a crowded space for an hour might seem like fun…. but it’s challenging.

 

But maybe we should blame it on the venue.

The venue space was tight, hot and full of different age groups.  

Of course the millennials would be a little more distracted with their snapchats and texting.

The older crowd goers wanted to savor every moment and reflect back on certain songs that Mraz pulled out of his career catalog. 

One particular song he played “Too much Food” he flubbed the lyrics… but that’s what made the concert so special and real.  It was very humbling.

Also, he mentioned it was the second time he had played that song in 10 years.  But it sounded so fresh and current…it just fit in perfectly.

Imagine  Jason …on stage, strumming his guitar, the crowd happy, singing and learning some of the new songs with him,  too.  Mraz welcomed with open arms the crowd singing.  This was how the whole night was from start to finish.  A big sing fest.

It was a great party that was filled with happy vibes.  

There were some quiet moments when he played his new stuff but the songs had catchy beats and lyrics that were very easy to enjoy.

As the night went on Jason played nonstop for two hours. He played hits like “I’m Yours” , “You and I”, “Lucky” , “3 things” , “The Woman I love” and some new songs “Chocolate”, “Making it up” , “Work in Progress”, “Got their own sh**” to  name a few.  He even fit in the Mr. Rogers neighborhood song. 

It’s clear that his maturity as a musician has come to a grand peak.  Jason is an amazing entertainer and so gifted it was pretty exciting to be with him in such an intimate venue like the Stone Pony. 

Certainly a once in a lifetime experience.

If you want to get a taste of the night I am sure there are some YouTube videos floating around somewhere.  

 A night of joyful singing and drunk sorority girls.

 

 

 

 

Coachella and the models

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Coachella has started and sadly we have to be bombarded with all the celebrity images coming out of the desert.

For example, this one.

That’s Kendall Jenner on the left and Kaia Gerber on the right.

I think Kaia is hopping on the fame train… since this is the first time I have seen her out and about without her famous mother Cindy Crawford tagging a long.

If I were Kendall…I wouldn’t start hanging out with a much younger, slimmer, and girl with better hair model like Kaia.  It only brings to our attention how great Kaia’s legs..and hair..and bone structure are.  

Sorry Mama Jenner.

Ok. That’s all for Coachella.

Justin and Jessica and their Mojo!

Justin and Jessica have their mojo on again.

E! online has been hinting that they “can’t keep their hands off each other” just because they have been seen out in public without their new baby for two nights in a row.

Sure, they look happy.

But, from the looks of this picture Justin is still the man in charge.  

Luckily, Jessica was able to put on a pretty dress two nights in a row. 

That’s like a new mother’s dream…to wear spanx over the course of two days AND pretend to be in the moment.

I mean…she is a new mama.  And new mama’s only think about their babies that they left at home with someone else.

Alright Jessica.  We will see you in another six months.  Justin has met his social requirements and it’s time for you to go be a mama again.

A Memorial Day Pool Party….Are you sure?

Memorial-Day-PartyMemorial Day Weekend involves going to a bbq or the beach…. but it’s still chilly outside.

It’s definitely a red, white, and blue weekend. In the market there were lots of red, white, and blue flowers, and some flags. I even noticed some festive cupcakes made to look like a flag.  Of course, there were lots of bbq items placed throughout the store, like corn on the cob, hamburger buns, watermelons, cupcakes, potato salads, and balloons.

I am not even sure I am going to bbq.  I might just watch a movie, or get some sleep.

Yesterday, a friend with an outdoor pool said,  “The pools’s open, come on over and swim this weekend.” Huh?  It was like 50 degrees last night…

Uh..unless that water is heated to about 80 degrees, there is no way I am going to freeze my bum, and eat some hamburgers.  I will wait until July 4th.  Thanks!

Kentucky Derby Parties

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and even though I have no interest in seeing the race, I know it’s a big fashionista day for the stars and horse people.

Locally, there are Kentucky Derby viewing parties, or Kentucky Derby Wine Tasting parties, Mint Julep Tea parties, or Kentucky Derby Derby hat parties…..which seems kind of redundant.

The Kentucky Derby is 80% about the experience and 20% about the actual horserace.

Why?  It all comes down to fashion.

First, the hat.

Derby hats are not the most flattering, unless you are one of those people who can look good in any hat.  I heard Kelly Ripa is one of those girls who can rock any hat.

But, for most people,  when faced with a choice of wearing a  big ol hat or a baseball hat…most would choose the latter.

Finding the proper dress.

Dressing for one of these parties usually requires a girl to wear some pastel outfit,  or flowy dress,  or uptight white dress…but mostly a pastel fit and flare dress.

I think some women go over the top with bright colors, big dresses, or over accessorize with matchy matchy hat and shoes.  It’s like they are a big bowl of rainbow sherbet.

But, one thing I know when dressing for a Derby party is…. do not dress like you are going to a black tie event.

Sequins, sparkles, or ball gowns are dead giveaways that you are at the wrong party.  But that doesn’t mean one might not slip through the door.

Let’s look at this horrible fashion scenario:

  1. First, there might be one woman who goes to a Derby party in a nighttime cocktail dress or over the top ball dress.  She might have a proper derby hat, or a fascinator.. but it clashes with all the cotton and pastels in the room..
  2. Sadly, that one woman in the black sequin cocktail dress will be uncomfortable when she’s standing next to another woman wearing only espadrilles and a lilac cotton halter dress..   Yes..this is true.  The girl in the cocktail dress will be super self-aware and proper, but the girl in the espadrilles will be on her 4th mint julep, maybe with her hat already askew… or even off her head…
  3. Everyone will notice the odd ball out girl in the fancy dress.   Yikes!  Any girl’s worst nightmare..  
  4. There might be an excess of horse prints, horse scarves, horse earrings, horse necklaces, and horse purses in the room….those never go well with sequins.

Men need to dress Derby attire, too.  They will need to buy:

  • A new tie– bow or regular.
  • Socks– keep it colorful
  • Derby hat
  • Clothing with printed horses on it, or madras plaid….or pink.
  • Seersucker…  usually hard to wear
  • Linen suit / blazer or
  • Khaki pants

Happy Derby!