It was definitely unplanned but last Sunday we found ourselves buying tickets to the Jason Mraz concert at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
We bought three tickets at 2pm for the 8pm concert. By said that time there were still 1500 seats open for GA but come concert time Araneta was full house!
Before going, my hubby and I had a bet. Will our six-year old enjoy the concert or not? He was optimistic that Z will have a blast till the end. I thought our little one will complain midway through the concert. So who won the bet? I’ll tell you at the end.
We were expecting long lines and lots of crowds so at 5pm we headed towards Araneta. Our ride got scary when one missed turn and we found ourselves at Loyola Cemetery. Traffic was rerouted and they closed some roads for the Undas. We saw cars at a stand still ahead and for a split second I thought we were not going to make it for the show. Luckily, we were able to find our way with still one hour to spare.
But even though we were early, parking was already full at Araneta and the nearby Gateway Mall. The guards pointed us to Manhattan Parkway which turned out was a condominium still under construction. Parking fee was 30 pesos.
From there, Araneta was just a two minute walk. There were no long lines when we arrived. Hurray!
Araneta Coliseum is now renamed as Smart Araneta Coliseum starting last July. I noticed Araneta is really old, the restrooms reminded me of the restrooms at UP Diliman, the speakers on our side are were not crystal clear, even the LCD screen went blank three times – I counted! I guess that’s the reason why they partnered with Smart. I hope they’ll start renovating or else SM MOA will get all the concert gigs.
Anyway, here are some things you need to remember if you’re going to attend a concert at Araneta Coliseum.
1. Don’t bring food and drinks because these are not allowed. Either you eat first before going inside or buy at the food stalls and vendors inside.
2. You can bring your point and shoot but bringing DSLRs is strictly prohibited.
3. Find a seat that’s directly facing the stage. Don’t be fooled by the large LCD screens at the ceiling near the center of the dome because those will be turned off during the main event. The only screens that will remain on are the ones behind the artist.
Those huge screen directly facing us were turned off during the concert.
4. Aside from Manhattan Parkway which I mentioned earlier, you can also park at Shopwise, Gateway Mall or the open parking areas surrounding the big dome.
5. For those with Patron, Lower Box, Upper A and Upper B tickets – you may line-up at the Red Gate (near North Park) or the Green Gate (near Starbucks). For those with General Admission tickets – kindly line-up at the Yellow Gate (near Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf).
6. Globe 3G sucks at the big dome. I don’t know if Smartbro will fare better.
Remember those guidelines the next time you’ll be attending a concert there.
Now back to the main event.
Waiting for Jason Mraz
The crowd’s excitement was palpable even before the concert started. Just hearing the sound of the microphone made them shout with excitement even if it was just the technician doing a mic test. Fortunately, Jason didn’t made us wait for too long. At 8:07 he walked on to the stage. I didn’t believe it was him at first because he was early but yes, it was definitely him.
The concert started on time, yey!
For his Araneta concert, he wore a black shirt with the word “Peace” emblazoned across his chest, jeans, and a yellow bandana wrapped around his curly long hair.
Here is his setlist.
(Don’t know the first song)
Dynamo of volition
If it kills me
Nothing’g gonna change my world
Fly me to the moon
From a bird’s eye view
Woman I Love
Please don’t tell her
Who I am Today
93 Million Miles
You and I both
Curbside prophet intro then The remedy
Details in the fabric
Life is wonderful (He put his mouth near his guitar’s soundhole and sang there – cool!)
9:49pm At this point he took a bow, left the stage, and stage went black. People were on standing ovation and shouted for more. He eventually returned a few minutes later.
Butterfly medley Freedom song
10:24 He finally took his last bow, took off his yellow bandana and threw it to the crowd. Someone got really lucky that night!
You should see his last song. It was amazing! People were singing along and he made it fun with his antics. Watch it and you’ll see.
I don’t know what’s the capacity of Araneta but this concert is sold out. No vacant seat to see. He performed for almost 2 1/2 hours. That’s really long. We love it that he over delivered. I guess he really wanted to make us happy and get our money’s worth.
So what happened to our six year old?
By 9pm he was already sleepy and wasn’t enjoying it anymore. Frustrated, his Dad asked, “Isn’t Jason Mraz your favorite? Didn’t we sing his songs together all the time?” To which Z replied, “He’s your favorite. Mine’s Justin Bieber.” Hahaha!
Moral of the story: Don’t bring your kid to a concert unless it’s Justin Bieber’s. Agree?
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