With only a mic stand, rug and guitar, John Mayer’s performance at Baltimore’s Modell Performing Arts Center on Oct. 7 proved that musical talent and stage presence alone are enough to keep audiences enthralled — no holograms or backup dancers required. Billed as “An Acoustic Evening With John Mayer,” the show was this year’s installment of Maryland-based PRS Guitars’ annual “One Night, One Show, One Cause” to benefit the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Between songs, Mayer frequently reflected upon himself and his career, and at times it felt like he was performing stand-up comedy. His jokes generally drew laughs from the crowd, including one about the unwelcome memories that come with his old Amazon ship-to addresses. “I wanted a USB charger,” Mayer said. “I did not need a complete rundown of the past addresses of love lost.”