UNCASVILLE - One thing you know about attending a Train concert: You’re going to have a good time.
This time around, though, as Pat Monahan and Co. trek around the country for their “Play That Song” tour, they are joined by two other acts who pretty much steal the show.
And that’s not easy to do to one-up an energetic band like Train, whose music is custom built to make you want to tap your feet, move and dance.
If wasn’t the sultry voice of New Zealand’s Natasha Bedingfield, who kicked off the evening with eight songs, then it was the band O.A.R. that made true music lovers sit up and take notice.
The trio of performers stopped by Mohegan Sun Arena on Tuesday night and as easy as 1-2-3 gave fans a three-hour-plus night to remember.
Train was, well, Train. On time and a good time for its 90 minute set.
Two years ago, the band stopped by The Sun and gave a sold-out house a strong showing and they did it again this time around, offering up all the hits - “Drops of Jupiter,” “Calling All Angels,” “Hey Soul Sister,” “Drive By,” et al - in addition to some newer songs.
Monahan stalks the stage, right to left, and back again, with an engaging smile and personality to match, engaging the audience whenever it needs a boost.
Train also made sure its opening acts shined under the brightest of lights, appearing with the main act for two songs.
Bedingfield - best known for her song “Unwritten” - joined the boys in the band for a duet of Train’s song “Bruises.”
O.A.R., meanwhile, joined Train for a high-energy rocking rendition of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al.”
As a person who was seeing O.A.R. - which stands for Of A Revolution - for the first time, I was impressed by how tight the band sounded, and curious as to why they’re not already full-fledged stars.
The tightness of the seven-member band was simple when lead singer Marc Roberge explained to the crowd that the band has been together since eighth grade.
That was more than two decades ago.
From Roberge’s front man style to each of the band’s guitarists, to the delightful horn section, O.A.R. showed why they’re one of the most hard-working touring bands in the business by putting together a 10-song set that was worthy of a headlining act.
It also gained them a new fan in at least one concert goer who is looking forward to seeing them again when they do headline their own tour.