SOURCE: Atlantic Records

August 11, 2005 12:20 ET

Jason Mraz Sets Headlining Tour of North America as "MR. A-Z" Scores Top Five Billboard 200 Debut; Trek Includes Two-Night Stand at NYC's Lincoln Center

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 11, 2005 --Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz will embark next month on a major headlining tour of North America. The announcement coincides with the outstanding national chart debut of Mraz's new album, "MR. A-Z," which entered the Billboard 200 in the #5 spot -- marking a career high for the acclaimed San Diego-based singer/songwriter.

Mraz -- who recently wrapped up his role as special guest on Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic Tour" -- will kick off the first leg of his cross-country trek on September 20th at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, with dates running through an October 29th show at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The tour will be highlighted by a prestigious two-night stand at Avery Fisher Hall at New York's world-renowned Lincoln Center, slated for October 16th and 17th. The second leg of the tour, slated to run through December, will be announced shortly.

Supporting Mraz on the road will be a diverse and shifting line-up of opening acts, including Ryanhood, Dropping Daylight, Raúl Midón, Missy Higgins, Carbon Leaf, Bushwalla, and fellow Atlantic artist James Blunt.

Prior to his headlining dates, Mraz will join Dave Matthews Band for a pair of shows at Carson, California's Home Depot Center, set for August 27th and 28th. September 12th will see the traveling troubadour returning home for an appearance at the annual San Diego Music Awards celebration -- the site of Mraz's triumphs in 2002, 2003, and 2004 as "Artist of the Year." And on September 16th, he will perform at Oklahoma State University's big pre-game "Orange Peel" event at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

On the television front, Mraz will follow his recent appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" with a further pair of high-profile performances. On August 19th, he will perform "Wordplay" on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," followed on August 25th with a "Pontiac Garage Concert Series" appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Alongside its top five national album chart premiere, "MR. A-Z" also debuted at #1 on both the Digital Albums and Current Alternative Albums charts. In addition, the album entered the Japanese charts at #8, where its first single, "Wordplay," has been #1 on the international charts for the past several weeks.

The impressive premiere of "MR. A-Z" has been fuelled by Mraz's non-stop road work, as well as the multi-format success of "Wordplay," which has hit the top 10 at Triple A radio and the top 20 at Hot AC outlets nationwide. In addition, the "Wordplay" companion video -- directed by Dean Karr (Dave Matthews Band, Velvet Revolver, Queens of the Stone Age) -- is currently a rotation favorite at both VH1 and Fuse.

"MR. A-Z" comes nearly three years after the release of Mraz's breakthrough Elektra debut, the RIAA platinum "WAITING FOR MY ROCKET TO COME." While waiting for Mraz's new album to come, fans were treated to the summer '04 release of the two-disc CD/DVD collection, "TONIGHT, NOT AGAIN: JASON MRAZ LIVE AT THE EAGLES BALLROOM" -- which captures the unadulterated experience of one of his legendary concerts.

Produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel), "MR. A-Z" was recorded at Allaire Studios near Woodstock, New York, as well as at Mraz's home studio in San Diego, California. "'MR. A-Z' is my pseudo-self-titled second album," the acclaimed tunesmith declares. "This time it's all Mraz from beginning to end, the alpha and the omega, from the frontal lobe to the reptilian membrane, the A-Z, thus assigning it the nomenclature it naturally desired and deserved, 'MR. A-Z.'"

                 JASON MRAZ - LIVE IN 2005
                         LEG ONE

Date   City             Venue                     Support
8/27-  Carson, CA       Home Depot Center
28                      (with Dave Matthews Band)

9/16   Stillwater, OK   Oklahoma State University
                        "Orange Peel" Event
9/20   Tempe, AZ        Arizona State University  Ryanhood, Dropping
9/21   Tucson, AZ       Centennial Hall           Ryanhood, Dropping
9/23   New Orleans, LA  Tulane University         Dropping Daylight
9/27   Tulsa, OK        Cain's Ballroom           Raúl Midón
9/28   St. Louis, MO    The Pageant               Missy Higgins, Raúl Midón
9/30   Kansas City, MO  University of Missouri    Missy Higgins, Raúl Midón
10/1   Chicago, IL      Congress Theatre          Raúl Midón, Missy Higgins
10/3   Marquette, IL    Northern Michigan Univ.   Raúl Midón
10/4   Toronto, ONT     Kool Haus                 Carbon Leaf, Raúl Midón
10/5   Ottawa, ONT      Capital Music Hall        Carbon Leaf, Raúl Midón
10/6   Montreal, QUE    Spectrum de Montreal      Carbon Leaf, Raúl Midón
10/8   Washington, DC   Georgetown University     Carbon Leaf, Raúl Midón
10/9   Boston, MA       Orpheum Theatre           Carbon Leaf, Raúl Midón
10/11  Durham, NH       Univ. of New Hampshire    Carbon Leaf, Raúl Midón
10/12  Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory          Carbon Leaf, Raúl Midón
10/16- New York, NY     Avery Fisher Hall         Raúl Midón
10/19  Cleveland, OH    House of Blues            Bushwalla, Dropping
10/20  Cincinnati, OH   Xavier University         Bushwalla, Dropping
10/21  Milwaukee, WI    Eagles Ballroom           Bushwalla, Dropping
10/22  Minneapolis, MN  University of Minnesota   Bushwalla, Dropping
10/24  Denver, CO       Fillmore Auditorium       James Blunt
10/27  San Diego, CA    SOMA                      James Blunt
10/29  Las Vegas, NV    The Joint @ Hard Rock     James Blunt
Additional dates TBA

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