Concert Reports



07/19/2023, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles

Multi-GRAMMY and Billboard award-winning band Train performed at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on July 19 . Band celebrates release of their 11th studio album AM Gold.


 All Photos: Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks



The sold out crowd at Vina Robles Amphitheatre were glued to the summer sky on a warm Paso Robles evening, as they were treated to a spectacular SpaceX Falcon 9 Starlink launch which lit up in red while they danced and sang to music pumped through the speakers before the night’s headliner set. A Rocket launch is a hard act to follow but the electricity in the air gave a hint that the group that was about to hit the stage was up for the challenge.


The house lights dimmed at 9:15 and you could hear a train approaching in the distance. The lonesome whistle of a freight is getting louder as you can hear the tracks speed by as it is fast approaching getting even louder until it’s thunder is right upon you, at this instance the band Train walks on stage and bursts into their opening number “AM Gold,” which happens to be the title track of Train’s most recent studio effort, released in May of 2022.


“When we were writing the record, because of how eclectic it was, my manager came up with the name AM Gold. He felt like it was like an old-school AM Gold compilation of a bunch of different varieties of music. Seemed like an appropriate name,” Monahan said in a press release.


“Calling All Angels,” & “Meet Virginia,” the band’s first top 20 hit from 1999 followed at which point lead singer Pat Monahan introduced the newest member of the Train Family, from San Luis Obispo, Taylor Locke. The frontman stated that the guitarist was also all too familiar with Paso’s excellent selection of Wines.


Highlights from the night’s setlist included Train’s latest must-hear track “I Know” featuring award-winning singer, songwriter & musician Tenille Townes and multi-platinum rapper & singer Bryce Vine, “Save Me San Francisco,” “Calling All Angels,” and mega hits “Soul Sister,” and the nights closer “Drops of Jupiter.”


Feb. 24, meanwhile, marked the 25th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut album, which launched Train into a mainstream pop powerhouse. The album featured the group’s breakthrough single, “Meet Virginia,” which scored Train its first Top 20 chart hit. This tour was announced on the heels of the band’s sold-out Sail Across the Sun cruise, the seventh edition of the cruise.


Wine, like music, has had the incredible ability to bring us closer with family, friends and fans over the years. We started Save Me San Francisco Wine Co. ten years ago as a way to connect and give back to our community. To celebrate this milestone we are excited to bring a beautiful Northern California red wine to support Family House. Our goal is to give wine lovers from around the world a great taste of the Bay Area, the place we call home.
– Pat Monahan & James Foster

Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. proudly donates proceeds from its sales to support Family House, a non-profit organization providing temporary housing to families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at the University Of California San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital. Learn More about Family House HERE



About Train


Train has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. Their climb to the top began in 1994, as the original five-member band tenaciously built a loyal hometown following, leading up to their debut album, released by Columbia in 1998. The tumbling wordplay of "Meet Virginia'' gave them their first unlikely 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, has been certified seven-time platinum in the U.S., and earned the 2001 GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Song. The group won another GRAMMY Award in 2011 for their global hit “Hey, Soul Sister'' from their multi-platinum album Save Me, San Francisco. “Hey, Soul Sister '' was the No.1 best-selling smash and most downloaded single of 2010, achieved RIAA Diamond status in 2021 and now 11-time platinum, and in 2022 surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. Train has sold more than 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide, with multiple platinum/gold citations, including three GRAMMY Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and dozens of other honors. They’ve had 12 albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their 2014 Bulletproof Picasso reaching No. 4 in 2012 and 2017’s a girl a bottle a boat debuting at No. 8. “Play That Song,” the lead single from a girl a bottle a boat, went platinum in four countries including the U.S., hit Top 5 on the U.S. iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, and charted at Adult Top 40. Train’s highly anticipated 11th studio album, AM Gold, was released on May 20, 2022.


Train frontman, Pat Monahan, partakes in other ventures outside of music, including his award-winning wine portfolio, Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co, which was created in 2011 and has sold over 10 million bottles and won over 100 medals. Proceeds from his wine business support Family House, a San Francisco charity that supports families of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Monahan has appeared on television and in film with credits that include the 2021 Hallmark Channel original movie, Christmas in Tahoe, inspired by Train’s album of the same name, which he executive produced and starred, “Dr. Ken,” “90210,” CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0” and “Magnum P.I.,” “The Voice,” “American Idol,” and “The Bachelor.”




About Vina Robles Amphitheatre


Welcome to the Vina Robles Amphitheatre, where European Inspiration meets California Character and the stars always shine. Here, two of California's great compositions meet, as exceptional wine and intimate live music are paired to create an unforgettable wine country experience.


The 3,300 seat boutique amphitheatre is nestled on a picturesque, oak-dotted hillside in Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. With its opening in the summer of 2013, the Vina Robles Amphitheatre became one of the largest outdoor venues for arts and entertainment in San Luis Obispo County. Featuring a style reminiscent of the California missions, guests are able to immerse themselves in a unique and intimate concert adventure as they enjoy modern amenities and first class hospitality. The concert season runs from May through November and features top tier acts from around the world in all genres. Various seating options all within 150 feet from the stage, including regular, VIP and general admission lawn seating, make events accessible to anyone in the community. We look forward to sharing our love of wine and the arts with you soon. For more information about the Vina Robles Winery, Click Here


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