Cal Poly a cappella group to sing with Jason Mraz in SLO

slinn@thetribunenews.comMarch 18, 2014 

Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz will invite some special guests onstage Wednesday when he performs in San Luis Obispo: Cal Poly’s a cappella singing group.

Take It SLO will perform two songs with the San Diego-based singer-songwriter at the Performing Arts Center, the group’s president, Spencer Johnson, confirmed Tuesday.

“This is making history for sure,” said Johnson, noting that Wednesday's concert will mark the highest-profile gig in Take It SLO’s 11-year history. “This is definitely new for us. We’ve never gotten this much notoriety before.”

The wheels for a Take It SLO-Jason Mraz team-up were set in motion Feb. 27 when the group stopped by the San Luis Obispo studio of Q 104.5 to performing on the morning show “Up & Adam in the Morning.”

Host Adam Montiel asked Take It SLO to sing a favorite song of his, Mraz’s “Live High.”

Afterward, Montiel sent the audio and video recordings of Take It SLO’s performance to concert promoter Bruce Howard, who passed them along to Mraz’s management.

Montiel said he didn’t expect a response.

“I was totally surprised when I got that email” Tuesday from Mraz’s management seeking to contact Take It SLO, he said.

Johnson said the group’s 16 student members will take a break from finals week to perform “Live High” and “I’m Yours” with Mraz on Wednesday.

According to Johnson, Take It SLO specializes in a cappella covers of indie pop songs such as “Pompeii” by Bastille and “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles.

Johnson said the group, which typically performs two formal concerts each school year, is working on an album called "SLO Motion" that it plans to release at a concert in early June.

Mraz performs with Los Angeles folk-rock band Raining Jane at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cohan Center.

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