It didn’t matter that the heat index was well above 98°F at the Austin360 Amphitheater on Sunday when pop-rock trio Train, Gavin DeGraw and The Script served up a show that was refreshing, high energy, and a perfect addition to Austin’s summer concert line-up.
The sun was still out at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas racetrack when Gavin DeGraw kicked off the night at 7:00pm with a 45-minute set, including singles ‘In Love with a Girl,’ ‘Chariot,’ and ‘Make a Move.’ DeGraw’s set was uplifting and he alternated running the stage, playing the piano, and guitar. Fans knew they were in for a wild ride when the New York native left the stage to sing right into the center of audience. Along with DeGraw’s unique raspy sound and moving lyrics, he brings to the stage a great deal of energy, soul and passion.
The Script was next up on stage and their one-hour long set was exciting and upbeat. Lead singer Danny O’Donoghue did a exceptional job getting the crowd riled up as he took a turn running into the audience to also perform a number with fans all around him. The Script played everyone’s favorite songs including ‘If You Could See me Now,’ ‘Before the Worst,’ ‘Nothing,’ ‘Hall of Fame,’ and many more. Fans were primed and almost all of their songs performed turned into a venue-wide sing-along.
At 9:25, a train whistle blew and smoke announced that Train was on their way. Singer Pat Monahan and his San Francisco bandmates came on stage and played not only numerous tracks from their recent album ‘California 37,’ but everyone’s favorites: ‘Hey, Soul Sister,’ ‘Drops of Jupiter,’ and ‘Meet Virginia.’ Early in the set, singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe was invited on stage to perform two songs, ‘Bruises’ and ‘Weed Instead of Roses.’
To go along with the theme of this summer’s tour, ‘Mermaids of Alcatraz,’ Train encouraged fans to dress as a mermaid for a chance to upgrade their seats to a premium level and dance on stage during the ‘Mermaid’ song. Austinites must have gotten the memo because well over 100 mermaids ended up on stage and up close and personal with lead singer Pat Monahan. As a constant to the show’s fun atmosphere, it was especially present when Monahan interacted with fans by taking ‘selfies’ from numerous cell phones in the orchestra section, and encouraging kids to sing with him during the ‘Mermaid’ song. He even took some time to sign several autographs from the stage after the show.
The concert ended at 11:00pm but not before Train brought back Gavin DeGraw, The Script, Ashley Monroe, and surprise guest star Martina McBride on stage to perform ‘The Weight’ as the evening’s last song. (Video: http://youtu.be/pu7sVfhYadI)
Austin360 Amphitheater Train Set List:
- Calling All Angels
- 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
- If It’s Love
- Get to Me
- Meet Virginia
- Feels Good at First
- Marry Me
- Save Me, San Francisco
- Beatles Medley
- Bruises (with Ashley Monroe)
- Weed Instead of Roses (by Ashley Monroe)
- Drum Solo
- California 37
- Hey, Soul Sister
- Can’t Hold Us (Macklemore cover)
- Drive By
- We Were Made for This
- Drops of Jupiter
- The Weight (performed with Ashley Monroe, Gavin DeGraw, Donny O’Donoghue, and special guest Martina McBride)
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