Stadium eagerly swayed to the tunes of Jason Mraz and his SuperBand on Thursday, August 17. The “I Won’t Give Up” singer was backed by the world-famous New York Pops for a special performance that celebrated the local community in Queens.
A thousand tickets were distributed to students in the area for their academic achievements during the previous school year. The kids were thrilled to be able to get the opportunity to groove along with the heartfelt songs “Lucky,” “I’m Yours,” and “I Feel Like Dancing.” The young ones weren’t the only ones who were excited to be at the summer concert. Senior citizens were gifted complimentary tickets through a grant by the office of District 29 Council Member Lynn Schulman. New York Pops Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke welcomed Schulman to the stage after a 20-minute intermission to thank her for her belief in the group over the years.
“This person is an avid supporter of the New York Pops through her many incredible educational programs,” Reineke said before Schulman appeared in front of the crowd at Forest Hills.
In between his songs, Mraz also offered warm words of encouragement to the young people in attendance for his show.
“Really aim for it,” Mraz glowed while talking about following personal goals and dreams. “Just go straight to it. Watch it. Watch the magic unfold around you.”
Mraz’s inspiring words matched the overall sentiment and tone of his 8th studio album, Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. The latest album came out on June 23 featuring an irresistible pop-disco flavor that can’t be missed. Tracks include “Feel Good Too,” “Getting Started,” and “You Might Like It.”
The Grammy Award winner is finishing up this current leg of his tour in San Diego, CA on August 23. Didn’t get the chance to see Jason perform in person? Readers can keep up with his latest by visiting jasonmraz.com.
Photos Courtesy of Kyle Stevens
PHOTO CAPTION: Jason Mraz (with Steven Reineke in the background) came to Queens armed with his trusty guitar on August 17.
PHOTO CAPTION: Council Member Lynn Schulman spoke to the crowd. She grew up in Forest Hills and is a long-time community and LGBTQ activist.
PHOTO CAPTION: Steven Reineke looks into the audience after he led the New York Pops to a flawless performance in the borough.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mraz takes a moment to soak in the love and support from his dedicated fans.