Train’s Pat Monahan, Jewel keep it cool at Dos Equis despite overbearing heat

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We like to complain about the weather, especially in Texas.

In the middle of a particularly hot July, however, the oppressive 100-degree days can have deadly consequences, and make outdoor events (even in the evening) an unpleasant experience.

Train, Jewel and Blues Traveler — three artists who at various moments ruled radio during the past 25 years — went above and beyond Wednesday to battle through the heat at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas and squeeze some joy out of a sweat-drenched evening.

It’s not just that it was hot — the temperature was still over 100 degrees when Train hit the stage at 9:15 p.m. — but the covered portion of the venue, where massive stone walls cut off the seating area from the concessions on either side of the stage, sort of act as a heat-trapping vortex. The ceiling fans hanging from the rafters only helped blow the heat quicker into your face. In fact, venue officials upgraded those with tickets on the lawn to move up into the covered seating area, but it wasn’t obvious how many took them up on the offer. The venue, which holds about 20,000, was about half full.

All of this exposition is to help explain the heroic physical performances of Train’s singer Pat Monahan, Jewel, and Blues Traveler’s John Popper.

All three, along with their band members, were soaking wet minutes into their sets, including Blues Traveler’s opening 45-minute set, Jewel’s nearly hour-long set, and Train’s 1:35 finale.

Monahan kept Train’s 20-song set moving and he rarely stopped moving around the stage. The four-piece band and two backup singers kept listeners on their toes with some clever covers and snippets of favorite songs tacked on the end and in the middle of Train tunes, including Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” at the end of “Meet Virginia” early in the set in which Monahan, 53, threw “Meet Virginia” T-shirts out to fans, including one he had each of the band members sign. During “If It’s Love,” — one of four songs performed from the band’s 2010 album “Save Me, San Francisco” — Monahan took selfies on stage with phones from audience members. It was a cool lead singer move.

Train, which released is ninth album, “AM Gold,” in May, has enough hits and beloved songs to fill up an hour-plus show and Monahan even acknowledged that they were only playing three new tunes, including “Turn the Radio Up,” a duet with Jewel for which she joined the band onstage. She stuck around for one of the show’s high points, a combination smash up of Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Listen to the Music.”

Even the overheated crowd was on their feet dancing and singing along.

After a brief acoustic set, which included the hit “Marry Me,” the seven-song finale kept the crowd moving and singing along, including “Calling All Angels,” even if the mix sounded a bit muddled with too much bass and drums. The soaring anthem didn’t quite take off like it can. But sonically, Monahan and the band sounded stellar most of the night, despite the heat. “Hey, Soul Sister” still begs fans to sing along, and their closer, the 2001 megahit “Drops of Jupiter,” still gives chills.

Jewel, who turned 48 in May, is touring in support of her 13th studio album, “Freewheelin’ Woman,” which was released in April. Her 13-song set included three tunes from the album, including “Long Way ‘Round,” “No More Tears,” and “Alibis.” The latter not only sounds like a Taylor Swift song, but has the jilted lyrical theme to match. “No More Tears,” which she recorded with Darius Rucker for “Freewheelin’ Woman,” was originally written for a 2018 documentary about homeless youth called “Lost In America,” a topic of which Jewel has first-hand experience.

The former owner of a Stephenville ranch home, who is certainly familiar with the Texas heat, looked as dashing as ever in a western-theme skirt and vest ensemble including cowboy boots and hat with bright turquoise eye shadow. Her voice is still strong while also vulnerable and feminine. She added an impromptu request to her set, an attempt at her 2006 ode to herself “Stephenville, TX” with lyric help from a fan’s cell phone. Before closing her set with three of the hits from her smash 1995 debut Pieces of You, which has sold more than 12 million copies, she showed off her speed-yodeling chops during “Chime Bells.”

Train lead singer Pat Monahan and his four-piece band and two backup singers braved the heat Wednesday night at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas during an hour, 35 minute show filled with the band’s biggest hits, including “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Calling All Angels,” and “Drops of Jupiter.”
Train lead singer Pat Monahan and his four-piece band and two backup singers braved the heat Wednesday night at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas during an hour, 35 minute show filled with the band’s biggest hits, including “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Calling All Angels,” and “Drops of Jupiter.”
Train lead singer Pat Monahan, along with guitarist Taylor Locke, left, and Jerry Becker, right, plus bassist Hector Maldonado, drummer Matt Musty and backup singers Sakai Smith and Nikita Houston played for about an hour and a half in 100-degree heat Wednesday night at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas.
Train lead singer Pat Monahan, along with guitarist Taylor Locke, left, and Jerry Becker, right, plus bassist Hector Maldonado, drummer Matt Musty and backup singers Sakai Smith and Nikita Houston played for about an hour and a half in 100-degree heat Wednesday night at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas.

Train setlist, Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, July 20, 2022

1. AM Gold

2. Meet Virginia (snippet of Steve Miller’s The Joker)

3. If It’s Love

4. Get to Me

5. Running Back (Trying to Talk to You)

6. Play That Song

7. Bruises (with snippet of Stephen Still’s Love the One You’re With (with John Popper)

8. Save Me, San Francisco

9. Turn the Radio Up (with Jewel)

10. Dancing Queen (ABBA cover)/Listen to the Music (The Doobie Brothers) (with Jewel)

11. It’s Everything

12. Marry Me

13. When I Look to the Sky

14. Calling All Angels

15. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye

16. Hey, Soul Sister (snippet of Come and Get Your Love by Redbone)

17. Vacation (Dirty Heads cover)

18. Drive By (with snippet of The Beatles’ Hey Jude)

19. Dream On (Aerosmith cover)

20. Drops of Jupiter

Jewel setlist, Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas, July 20, 2022

1. Standing Still

2. Hands

3. Long Way ’round

4. No More Tears

5. Love Me, Just Leave Me Alone

6. Alibis

7. Intuition

8. Stephenville, TX



9. Hate Hate

10. Chime Bells

11. You Were Meant for Me

12. Foolish Games

13. Who Will Save Your Soul