Tuesday night at Enterprise Center, singer-songwriter John Mayer — to borrow Brett Hull’s famously sozzled locution — “went Blues.”
For his encore, Mayer donned a Jordan Binnington jersey, but it wasn’t your typical rock star pandering to the locals.
Well, maybe it was a bit of that, but the signed jersey was a gift from Binnington and Joel Edmundson, who were in attendance at the show.
A nice and slightly subtle touch, though, was that, while wearing the Blue Note, Mayer also played and sang the blues, offering his blithe kiss-off tune, “I’m Gonna Find Another You.”
By that point in the evening, Mayer and his eight-piece band had been onstage for more than two hours, spreading nearly two dozen songs across two sets. There was no opening act.
That left Mayer plenty of time to stretch out and touch on all corners of his career, reaching all the way back to his 2001 debut album, “Room for Squares.”
Much of the show, however, was devoted to his most recent release, 2017’s “The Search for Everything” including the show-opening “Helpless” and singles “Love on the Weekend” and “Still Feel Like Your Man.”
The overall feel of the show was mellow and romantic, as befits the adult-contemporary radio perennial. But Mayer occasionally broke up the mood, or enhanced it, by showing off his guitar skills. A good example of the latter came during “Changing,” a song that sounds reflective of his search for peace and stability after his days in the uncomfortable spotlight of the tabloids. As he finished singing the lyric, he added an extended coda to the song during which his guitar swooped and soared, expressing, it seemed, both relief and freedom.
The second set was considerably looser than the first, starting off with acoustic takes on “Emoji of a Wave,” the fan favorite “Daughters” and a cover of Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin.’”
As the band returned, some of its members were able to get a few seconds in the spotlight, with guitarist Isaiah Sharkey offering a flashy opening solo to “Moving on and Getting Over” and guitarist-vocalist David Ryan Harris singing a gorgeous a cappella snippet of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones,” leading into Mayer’s “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room.”
The song that truly broke things open, though, wasn’t one of Mayer’s. It was a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain.”
There was much consternation among Deadheads when Mayer signed on with Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart in Dead and Company, but his tours with the band proved that he’s up to the task. Just so, his trippy solos on “Fire” put a thrill through the audience and took the show to a higher level.
The set also included the hits “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Gravity.” During the latter tune, backup singers Tiffany Palmer and Carlos Ricketts got to shine, interpolating a few lines of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember” into the song.
Still in his Blues jersey and with chants of “Let’s go, Blues!” ringing through the arena, Mayer closed the show with his recent single, “New Light.”