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Maroon 5 and Train: My Favorite Summer Concert Experience ~

Gym Class Heroes crowd.

The one thing that Dawn and I have done the most of since we met is to go to concerts. I admit that I never saw myself as a huge concert goer when I was younger. I am not a huge fan of crowds, so I avoided them. But Dawn introduced me to the joys of summer concerts, and we have been to several of them since we have been together. Geesh, if I were to list them all here it would take up the entire post! We have seen so many talented artists in so many different venues, from bars and nightclubs to outdoor arenas. It has been fun.

Maroon 5 and Train: 2011

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The concert that stands out as my favorite summer concert experience would have to be the Maroon 5 and Train concert we saw at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte a couple of years ago. Let me say first that neither of these bands are my favorite bands, although they do have some good songs. I was looking forward to seeing them, but not overly anxious like I was when we saw my favorite band, KISS, the year before.

Concerts In August

The concert took place in August, so I was expecting it to be hotter than the fires of Hades, plus Charlotte is an hour or two drive from where we live, so those two things combined put two strikes against the concert to begin with as far as I was concerned. My daughter and wife were both super excited to see Maroon 5. However, fate dealt this show a winning hand. The night of the concert temperatures were in the lower 70s and the humidity level (which is what gets you here in the south) was low – a rarity during the month of August in North Carolina. This made for prime weather for a summer concert. When we arrived we found the concert not overly packed, but a decent crowd. So much for the huge crowds that I despise. I could tell already that this was going to be one of my favorite summer concert experiences.

Maroon 5 on Soundcheck

About The Concert

Train took the stage first, and they were amazing! They played many of their hits like “Meet Virginia”, “Calling All Angels”,” Hey Soul Sister”, plus their newest single at the time, “Drive By”. But it was their rendition of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” that cracked us up! It was really good – and shocking to see them do it! Then they did some of their unreleased music, and it was awesome! We really had no idea that we would like them so much. We left that concert converted Train fans.

Then came Maroon 5. Adam Levine was on his A-game that night, and when they opened up with “Moves Like Jagger”, well that just made the evening perfect! I will cherish this concert memory until my dying days. I had good company and lots of fun! Definitely my favorite summer concert experience.

What Was Your Favorite Summer Concert Experience?


About Jay Crawford

Jay is a die hard sports fan {football and college basketball being his favorites}. His favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers and Tarheels and, of course, his alma mater, the Appalachian Mountaineers. He spends his free time listening to music, especially KISS, Def Leppard, the Eagles and a lot of the newer country music, and watching comic book and action movies. The more special effects - the better.


  1. Angela Rhodes says

    I did see Maroon 5 in concert – it was absolutely amazing! I hope I see Train someday, too. Thanks for bringing back memories and making me dream of the future!

  2. I saw train open up for Bon Jovi. they were awesome!

  3. Wow what a great contest. I love some of their songs.
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  4. I would love to see this pairing. Maroon 5 is my favorite!

  5. awesome!! I would absolutely love to see them in concert! great blog post 🙂
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  6. What an awesome show to get to experience! I have been to mostly smaller concerts, through the one arena concert I went to was for A Perfect Circle and that was really incredible. I haven’t been to a concert in a really long time. I should rectify that this summer!
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  7. That’s so awesome that it caught you off guard and swept you up. Woohoo for surprising you!
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  8. I wish that I could have been there!!!!! I dont get to go see concerts due to budgets and finding a sitter for long enough to get to Chicago, but I would love to go as soon as we get the chance!
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  9. Looks Like A AWESOME Concert Glad You Had A Fun Time!!
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  10. Oh I’d go to see Train and Maroon Five! I love those bands! The last concert I went to was to see Pink last February. That was so much fun!
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    • Dawn McAlexander

      Oh man! I would love to see Pink! That is one artist that I have wanted to see for years and just haven’t gotten to for whatever reason.

  11. Never really had a great summer concert experience. Except for Dwight Yoakum when I was 16, lol.
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    • Dawn McAlexander

      I saw Dwight Yoakam a few years ago in Winston-Salem NC. It was an early concert and we left there and went to a now non-existent bar called Metal Rebel and saw Skid Row. Now that was an interesting music night, lol.

  12. Adam Levine is hot! I would love to see him in person!

  13. I love Maroon 5 but I’m ashamed to say I’ve never been to any of their concerts. I hope I’ll have the chance soon.
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  14. I love Maroon 5, but I have to say best summer concert was Beach Boys in a park 🙂
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  15. Chasity Boatman says

    I love Maroon 5 and wish I could see them in person

  16. I’d like to have seen Train and Maroon 5 touring together. I think it’s funny that the former did a rendition of “Umbrella’ too. 🙂

    AC/DC’s Ballbreaker Tour (I think ’96) was my favorite concert, but that was Spring time… close enough to summer? 🙂

  17. Sounds like a great concert! I’m not really big on concerts myself. I don’t like the crowds and that’s what concerts are all about 🙂
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