On Sept. 20, the sidewalks in front of the Gallivan Center were lined with the old and the young, the punk and the preppy. They were all waiting to see Train, who always draws a diverse crowd.
Train got together 18 years ago and the band has produced some of the most popular songs in the music scene like "Drops of Jupiter," "Hey, Soul Sister," and most recently, "Drive By." The lead singer's name is Pat Monahan, the guitarist's name is Jimmy Stafford (you may know him as That-Guy-From-Train-Who-Looks-Like-Howie-Mandel), and Scott Underwood is on the drums.
Opening for Train in Salt Lake City were two solo artists: Andy Grammer and Mat Kearney. Both sing uplifting tunes that get the crowd singing and dancing to the energetic acoustic guitar and piano beats. Andy Grammer performed his hit song "Keep Your Head Up," which hit 105 on the Billboard 200 in 2011; everyone knew the lyrics and it really warmed up the crowd before Train performed.
The sun was setting just as Train came on stage. The band opened with "50 Ways to Say Goodbye," my personal favorite, which immediately spurred the crowd to start screaming and jumping up and down. Pat got the whole crowd participating and shouting the lyrics along with him.
At another point in the show, 15 beach balls were thrown into the crowd and were bopped around until people grabbed them as souvenirs.
During the song "Bruises," the band had a teenage girl go up on stage to sing with them. It was easy to tell that she was so ecstatic to be on stage, singing with Train. But that wasn't even the biggest crowd interaction there was -- during the song '"Marry Me," a couple in the audience got engaged.
No one expected what would happen next; the drummer stood up and announced that he was an ordained minister. A bride and groom walked out from the side stage and right there, on stage, they got married. It being my first Train show, I didn't know what to expect, but I definitely didn't expect to be attending a wedding!
Having the concert at the Gallivan Center was a smart move; the Gallivan Center is in downtown Salt Lake City, there's a TRAX station right in front of the gates and it's also easily accessible by car.
The concert ended with "Sing Together" from their most recent album "California 37." The band far exceeded my expectations with a unique and exciting show that will be very hard to forget. Thumbs up, Train.
Savannah Rice is a sophomore at Weber High School. Email her at email@example.com.