Another picturesque Calaveras evening on Six Mile Road welcomed the patrons eager to enjoy San Francisco’s own Train performing for the sold out crowd on Saturday night. The hot weather held back and gave us a spectacular foothills evening. The crowd was there to sing, dance and sip a little wine through the night.
Opening was English Beat. Formed in 1978 with an English Ska sound this band has broken apart and then reassembled with original members Dave Wakeling and Ranking Rodgers. This was a great opening act. The band has enough hits the folks remembered, to get them out of their seats, tapping their toes and bobbing their heads with the beat. Just an outstanding warm up for the headliner. I like the 2 band lineup at Ironstone. This allows the opening act about 30 minutes extra to perform. Mirror in the Bathroom, their most well known hit sounding amazing live, yours truly dancing in the isle as well.
Train is a Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band, formed in San Francisco, California, in 1994. Their music is difficult to classify, as it contains traces of country, rock, adult contemporary and various other genres. The group started out in San Francisco with only two members, Rob Hotchkiss and Patrick Monahan, performing in coffee houses and local clubs. After deciding to form a full band, the duo recruited Jimmy Stafford on guitar, Charlie Colin on bass and, at a later date, Scott Underwood as drummer.
I have never seen any entertainer embrace a crowd and feed off of them better than Pat Monahan. First taking selfies with the crowd grabbing one cell phone after another. Follow that with throwing Train T-shirts to the crowd, even one signed by the band. Then a delightful stroll through the crowd letting a few brave ladies sing along as others were just grasping at tush or a simple touch. Just a great interaction appreciated by all of us. High fives, hugs and hand shakes all around. Train entertained us exceptionally well.
All of the hits and a few new songs were played Soul Sister, Meet Virginia, Marry Me, Calling All Angels and more. The night finished with an amazing encore starting with a blazing Eagles tribute of Hotel California followed by their biggest hit to date Drops of Jupiter finishing with David Bowie's Space Oddity. Ground Control to Major Tom time to drive safely home. Nothing but grins on our faces.
Just a tasty night out. REG and Ironstone Amphitheater got this one right.
Next up we're going country with Chris Young Sunday Aug. 14 at 7PM. Get your tickets and we'll see y'all there.