I started working for MTV News back in June and got sent on my first travel assignment in August. The charge? Make the cross-country trip to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for the annual Outside Lands Festival to talk to some bands and report on what was going on at the big show. It was a great weekend full of typically bizarre Bay Area weather (I got a nasty sunburn on Friday and had to buy a sweatshirt to keep myself warm on Sunday), great performances (The Dead Weather, Pearl Jam, Black Eyed Peas, the Mars Volta and Tom Jones totally killed it) and some interesting interviews (I talked to Silversun Pickups about how to stay cool during field shows and heard TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe tell a great story about ingesting chemicals and watching "The Beatles Anthology").
One of the more interesting run-ins I had over the weekend was with Jason Mraz, who at the time was enjoying the incredible success of "I'm Yours" (the breakout single from his 2008 album We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.). Mraz was in great spirits, having just completed his mellow, feel-good afternoon set at the festival. We talked about the legacy of the Beatles (we were both anticipating the release of "The Beatles: Rock Band"), macrobiotic restaurants and the audience interactivity at his shows. While he was in the middle of explaining how he encourages his crowds to high-five one another, he flagged down another festival-goer (I later found out he was the frontman for an excellent band called the Morning Benders) and interviewed him about how he was feeling. It's one of my favorite moments of the year that nobody has seen (except for myself and producer Matt Elias), and I hope you enjoy it.
So what do you think? Should we be giving Mraz his own MTV show? We're ready to put together the pilot for "Vibin' with Jason" if you guys are up for it.