Review: TRAIN at Surly Festival Field

This concert was on Monday, September 12, 2023

By: Sep. 12, 2023
Review: TRAIN at Surly Festival Field
Review: TRAIN at Surly Festival Field
Train at Surly Festival Field in Minneapolis 
Photo by Jared Fessler

Train is a multi-GRAMMY and Billboard award-winning band from San Francisco, CA that has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self- titled album. Train’s climb to the top began in San Francisco in 1994, going on to tenaciously building a loyal following, leading up to their own self- titled debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of “Meet Virginia” gave them their first radio hit and 2001’s Drops Of Jupiter broke them to multi-platinum status thanks to the double-GRAMMY award-winning title song that spent 10 months in the Top 40, and snaring the Best Rock Song GRAMMY award by beating out Coldplay and two U2 songs. The group won another GRAMMY award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey Soul Sister,” the #1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco.

Next was 2012’s California 37, which launched the hit “Drive By” reaching the Top 10 in 13 countries. They’ve sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, more than 30 million tracks, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including 3 GRAMMY awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. In 2014 Bulletproof Picasso—the band’s 7th studio album—debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned rave reviews.

Most recently, Train has re-released their well-received holiday album, Christmas in Tahoe, which brings their Signature Sound to holiday classics as well as several original songs. On Jan. 27th 2017, the band released their 8th studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, via Columbia Records which spawned the lead single, “Play That Song,” hitting Top 5 on the iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, and charting at Adult Top 40.

Train frontman, Pat Monahan, partakes in other ventures outside of music with his newly launched Drops of Jupiter® wine portfolio. Proceeds from the wine support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Train’s 2016 project, Does Led Zeppelin II, a cover album in tribute of their favorite band saw 100% of the band’s proceeds going to Family House.

Review: TRAIN at Surly Festival Field
Train at Surly Festival Field in Minneapolis
Photo by Jared Fessler

It was an absolute delight to have Train grace the stage at Surly Festival Field on a picturesque late summer evening in Minneapolis! Despite it being a Monday night, the concert drew a substantial crowd. Pat Monahan, the charismatic frontman, kicked things off with the spirited "Drink Up" and added to the excitement by generously tossing Train t-shirts into the eager audience. He even took a moment to sign one on stage, sharing the moment with his talented bandmates before gifting it to a lucky front-row concertgoer.

Train expressed their genuine appreciation for being back in Minnesota, with a special nod to one of their current members hailing from St. Paul. Throughout the evening, Train delivered all of their beloved hits, including classics like "Meet Virginia" and the infectious "Hey Soul Sister," which had the crowd singing and grooving along with infectious energy.

The night reached its crescendo with the iconic "Drops of Jupiter," a fitting finale that had the entire audience serenading the starlit sky and dancing in harmony.

In summary, it was an unforgettable evening, and we can only hope to welcome Train back to Minneapolis in the near future. Their performance left an indelible mark, making it a night cherished by all lucky enough to be in attendance.

For more information on Train, please click the ticket link button below.

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Jared [He/Him] is originally from Iowa and resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up doing theatre and studied music, dance, and theatre with additional training in BFA musical theatre.Favorite th... (read more about this author)


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