Pandora Holiday Celebration


A Little About Train

Train is a rock band from San Francisco California. They have been active since 1993 and the band is currently made up of Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford, Drew Shoals, Jerry Becker, Sakia Smith, Hector Maldonado, and Nikita Houston. The band has released 8 albums, their most recent being a Christmas album; Christmas in Tahoe (released November 13th 2015).

Popular Songs by Train (with popular album gallery below)

  • "Meet Virginia" (1996)
  • "Drops of Jupiter" (2001)
  • "Calling All Angels" (2003)
  • "Ordinary" (2004)
  • "All I Ever Wanted" (2006)
  • "Hey, Soul Sister" (2009)
  • "Marry Me" (2009)
  • "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" (2012)
  • "Drive By" (2012)
  • "Angel in Blue Jeans" (2014)
  • "Merry Christmas Everybody" (2015)

Pandora Holiday Celebration

Friday, Nov. 13th, 7:30pm

1921 West Gate City Boulevard

Greensboro, NC

How I chose this event and what I thought.

I saw this event advertised on television. I have loved Train since I was little, but I had never had the chance to attend a concert of theirs before. I have also never attended an event like this either. I have attended Punk shows, Christian shows, and Southern Rock shows. I have also attended band performances, choral performances, and an orchestra performance. But I had never attended an Adult Rock concert so I felt this would be the perfect opportunity to see them.

I really enjoyed this event. I expected the figure skating to add a boring aspect to the show. However, it did not. The show was amazing; the band played their Christmas album along with one of my all-time favorite songs “Hey Soul Sister,” which I absolutely fell in love with.

Train's Performance

Since I am a big fan of Train I am probably really biased, but I felt they did an amazing job. I especially like the reactive style in “Hey Soul Sister” when Monahan speaks “so gangster I’m so thug” during the bridge of the song. He speaks it in a lyrical way that isn’t quite singing, but it’s not quite speaking either. Monahan does not do this in the recorded version; however he did do this live and had done it at other live shows (2011 Grammys). I also really enjoyed Monahan’s dynamics in Train’s rendition of “This Christmas.” During this song he keeps steady amplitude, but once the chorus starts the band magnifies their sound and Monahan belts chorus from his abdomen. I felt like this piece helped showcase their talent because they were able to be understood while amplifying their sound. Another song they performed that was expertly covered was Joni Mitchell’s “The River.” Monahan sings “The River” so elegantly; this song is beautiful, melody that fluctuates through different chords. Monahan also applies melismatic aspects, part of the chorus is “I wish I had a river, I could skate away on” when Monahan sings “on” he fluctuates through different notes. Train also used Homophony during their rendition of “O Holy Night” and their original song “Christmas Island.”

Overall their performance was wonderful. They mostly performed songs from their new album, Christmas in Tahoe but they also performed "Hey Soul Sister," from their album Save Me, San Francisco. Train's music is likely to be from the late twentieth century because they have modern Rock n' Roll tendencies. I picked this period because I am very fond of late 20th century because that is what my parents listened to when I was younger and I have grown up listening to music from that period.

Video was not permitted

This event will be televised on ABC on November 29th, 2015. Therefore photography was permitted and video was not.