San Diego-based troubadour Jason Mraz will start his North American tour seven weeks in advance of the release of his new album, “We Sing....

San Diego-based troubadour Jason Mraz will start his North American tour seven weeks in advance of the release of his new album, “We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things,” which will be out on May 20.

The “Music, Magic & Make Peace Tour” will hit the road on April 4 in Santa Cruz, CA, with dates continuing through April 28 in Montreal. The unique multi-artist bill will see Mraz accompanied by a varied group of like-minded performers, including magician Justin Kredible, freestyle acoustic rapper Bushwalla and world music-inspired folk quartet, the Makepeace Brothers.

“The concept began among the musicians in the communities of San Francisco and San Diego,” Mraz explained in a statement. “I look forward to it being a great experience for the audience and performers alike. It will feature a variety of talent not unlike the vaudeville format where different musical genres, magic, poetry, and educational themes will come together in one night.”

The “Music, Magic & Make Peace Tour” is presented in association with Reverb, a non-profit organization designed to educate and engage music fans to promote environmental sustainability. Reverb works closely with artists to create earth-friendly events and tours. “Working with Reverb has always been a dream of mine,” Mraz added<. "I am very happy to be doing my part to make less of a mess while we roll through each city on this tour." Mraz is now in the midst of a multi-continent international tour. Having already visited Europe — recent highlights include performances at iTunes Live: London Sessions in the UK and the Uken Festival in Bergen, Norway — he is currently winding his way through Australia and Asia, culminating in a major concert appearance in Seoul, Korea on March 28.

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Jason Mraz “Music, Magic & Make Peace Tour featuring Justin Kredible, Bushwalla and the Makepeace Brothers itinerary:

April
4 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst
5 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
6 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
9 Chicago, IL Metro
11 Selingsgrove, PA Susquehanna University
12 Pittsburgh, PA University of Pittsburgh
13 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
14 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
16 Winston-Salem, NC Wake Forest University
17 Davidson, NC Davidson College
18 Richmond, VA The National
21 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
23 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
25 Charleston, IL Eastern Illinois University
27 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
28 Montreal, QUE Metropolis

(The image accompanying this story is from SongWriterUniverse.com)

By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen