RALEIGH — John Mayer and Train gave Triangle residents a dose of upbeat summer fun Saturday evening, despite scattered rain showers over the area.
Concert-goers, many clad in ponchos, packed Walnut Creek, as Train opened the show with brisk, funky rock that brightened the mood like a ray of sunlight from the bands native San Francisco.
The group bobbed and swayed through its set, with each member strutting around. Lead singer Patrick Monahan proved particularly rambunctious, taking several fans onstage for a sing-along and wandering through the ground floor for those he couldnt fit. Upbeat tunes such as Hey, Soul Sister and Parachutes seemed at odds with the gray skies.
Darkness fell by the end of Trains set, but the warmth generated by the bands exuberance remained.
Mayers song arrangements went beyond the simple but catchy pop rock that is his bread and butter the second he kicked things off with Vultures. Indulging his blues influences, Mayer spent the performance backed by complex drum solos, brass instruments and his own oft-praised guitar talent.
The longer cuts of many staple Mayer songs fit the open air setting well, the songs expanding in size to reach the outer edges of seating. Trombone and saxophone solos on Vultures gave the song a smooth jazz feel, while Waiting on the World to Change featured such a colossal rhythm it sounded like a single heartbeat pulsing through the audience.
Humidity makes the air more conducive to music, to funk, to love, Mayer said.
The ringing notes of Gravity hung in the summer air. Who Says came peppered with local allusions to Raleigh and Cary. Closing with Half of My Heart and its country twang, Mayer snuck in covers of Journeys Dont Stop Believing and Tom Pettys Free Fallin, too.
Great times are short, Mayer told the crowd. When a moment is good, enjoy every minute of it.
Judging by the crowds reaction, they did just that.
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