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Train rocks The Summer Concert Series at Harrah's/Harveys Tahoe

Photo by John Tuckness

Train and Striking Matches "LIVE" in concert


On Friday July 25, 2014 Train rocked the stage at the 2014 Summer Concert Series held at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harrah's / Harveys Tahoe. Also on the bill, Striking Matches. Attendance for this show was pretty good, not quite sold out, but still packed with many of Trains biggest fans. The weather was perfect for an outdoor show.

Train & Striking Matches "LIVE" in concert

Train is an American rock band formed in San Francisco California in 1994. With a lineup that included original members Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Scott Underwood, Rob Hotchkiss and Charlie Colin, the band achieved mainstream success with their debut album Train, which was released in 1998 with the hit "Meet Virginia". Train's 2001 album, Drops of Jupiter contained the lead single "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)", which won two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album was certified double platinum in the United States and Canada and remains the band's best-selling album to date.

Train currently consists of Pat Monahan-(vocals), Jimmy Stafford-(lead guitar), Jerry Becker-(rhythm guitar and piano), Hector Maldonado-(bass), Drew Shoals-(drums), Sakai Smith-(backing vocals) and Nikita Houston-(backing vocals).

The bands set lasted around 90 minutes and went like this, (from the set list on the sound board)

"Calling All Angels", "Save Me, San Francisco", "If It's Love", "Get To Me", "Meet Virginia", "What Is And What Shall Never Be" (Led Zeppelin Cover), "When I Look To The Sky", "Bullet Proof", "50 Ways To Say Goodbye", "Mermaid", "Free", "Bruises", "Marry Me", "Angel In Blue Jeans", "Hey, Soul Sister", "Drive By" and two encore songs, "Drops Of Jupiter" and "Dream On" (Aerosmith Cover).

Going into this show, this examiner knew that this was going to be a good performance. As it turned out it was a great performance, Monahan's vocals were spot on for the entire set even when a bug flew into his mouth during the first song. After the song he told the crowd, " I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to continue singing with a bug in my mouth" but he made it through perfectly.

Train is a very fan friendly band which always makes for a great show. In front of the stage there were steps leading up onto the stage, I think it must have been the third or fourth song, Monahan invited the fans to the top of the stairs so he could take some selfies with them, as you can imagine a lot of people ran to the front of the stage for the photo opportunity. What was even cooler was before they played the song "Mermaid", Monahan invited around what seemed to be at least 25 girls onto the stage to dance and help sing back-up with the band where he again took many selfies with most of the girls on stage. How awesome is that.

Train definitely is a band not to be missed any time they play, their that good.

Starting the night off was a great country band called Striking Matches. The country music duo was established in 2010, when members Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmerman were both studying at Belmont University in Nashville TN. One of the educational program’s features was to randomly pair musicians together to improvise instrumentally, and Davis and Zimmerman found that the sound they created together had definite potential.

Zimmerman and Davis formed Striking Matches and began performing around town, and within a short amount of time the duo had created a significant buzz. The band released a self-titled EP in 2012, which features the songs "Trouble Is As Trouble Does," "Miss Me More," and "The Right One Comes Along," the latter of which was featured on the television series Nashville. The duo recently made their Grand Ole Opry debut in 2012, but have since returned for sixteen additional performances.

Their set went around 40 minutes, (sorry no set list)

This band put on a great show, they really got the crowd ready for the headliner. Lead singer Zimmerman's vocals and guitar playing were very good, she definitely can sing. The whole band was awesome. During Train's set Zimmerman was invited to come on stage and join in a duet with Monahan ("Angel In Blue Jeans"), it was very impressive.

With the Summer Concert Series in full swing at Harrah's/Harveys, there are still plenty of great shows to come, to see what's next (click here). The Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena is one of the premier venues for the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area, there's really not a bad seat in the house and all the people that work there are very friendly and helpful with everything.

A good time was had by all.

To see all the photos from Train at this show (click here) and Striking Matches (click here).

As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.

All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS

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