Concert Review

John Mayer wows the crowd — uncool aunties and all

jskelton@thetribunenews.comJuly 26, 2013 

John Mayer performed at the California Mid-State Fair on Monday, July 22, 2013


As part of The Tribune’s coverage of the 2013 California Mid-State Fair, we’re running a series of concert reviews. Below, Tribune staffer Joslynn Skelton reviews Monday’s John Mayer concert, featuring opening act Phillip Phillips.

As the sun began to set Monday evening on the California Mid-State Fair, a very energetic Phillip Phillips took the stage while the crowd shuffled in.

Phillips may be young and relatively new to the music scene, but the amount of talent that reverberates from his presence is enough to give longtime legends of the stage a run for their money.

Phillips certainly made me feel at home, and it wasn't necessarily because he sang, "I'm going to make this place your home."

It was the cover he did of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in the middle of a mash-up.

The song even had the boy walking around the stands selling pizza waving his hands in the air like he just didn't care.

John Mayer and his ensemble began their set just as the lights from the Ferris wheel lit up the skyline to the right of the Chumash Grandstand Arena stage.

Without a single word, John and the band dove right into their first song as the arena roared with excitement from the audience.

The visions of Mayer as a young pop star were all but a distant memory as the seasoned veteran wowed the crowd in Paso Robles with an onslaught of intricate guitar solos and instrumental interludes.

After more than an hour of lesser-known and unreleased songs, hearing Mayer play chart-topping crowd pleasers like "Your Body Is A Wonderland" and the Tom Petty cover "Free Fallin’" was a welcome turn in the evening.

Needless to say, we had all been waiting, waiting, waiting for the music to change, so when at last the hit "Waiting for the World to Change" actually began, the crowd was ecstatic.

Known for his ability to transcend musical genres, Mayer played a little bit of everything throughout the night.

Of course, the screams of girls ages 15 to 20 were ringing in my ears for the remainder of the night. My 16-year-old nieces — who finagled their way to the front row and were overly excited about how close they actually got to John Mayer — continued to sing his music on the ride home.

I, of course, remarked, "I was bummed he didn't play ‘You're Beautiful,’" only to be blasted about how uncool I actually am, because that is not a John Mayer song.

Nevertheless, Mayer’s talent is beyond remarkable and even an "uncool" auntie like myself could pick up on the raw talent this man has.

Watch John Mayer in concert at the fair

Video by Michael Mariant

California Mid-State Fair: John Mayer from California Mid-State Fair on Vimeo.

Watch Phillip Phillips in concert at the fair

Video by Michael Mariant

California Mid-State Fair: Phillip Phillips from California Mid-State Fair on Vimeo.

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