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Y98 Presents: “Deck the Hall Ball” feat. Train (Acoustic Performance)

Phillip Phillips

JP Saxe

Saturday, December 9, 2023

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Factory

St. Louis, MO

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Train (Special Acoustic Performance)


Train is a multi-GRAMMY and Billboard Award-winning band from San Francisco that has had14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 list since the release of their debut self-titled album. Train’s climb to the top began in 1994, as the original 5-memberband 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’sDrops 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 6x platinum in the US, and earned the 2001 GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Song. The group won another GRAMMY Award in2011 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 of2010 and in 2021 achieved RIAA Diamond status. Train has sold more than 10 million albumsand 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 2014Bulletproof Picasso reaching No. 4 in 2012 and2017’sa 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 US iTunes chart, Top 10 at Hot AC radio, and charted at Adult Top 40. Train is set to release their highly anticipated 11thstudio album, AM Gold, on May 20, 2022.Train front man ,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’sHawaii Five-0andMagnum P.I., The Voice, American Idol, and The Bachelor.

Phillip Phillips

JP Saxe


JP Saxe writes songs to discover and fathom the depths of his own personality. It’s why he doesn’t hold backor pull any punches. It’s why he speaks so candidly about life,loss, and love. It’s why he’s quietly emerged asa multi-platinum GRAMMY®nominated phenomenon whose voice can be felt across pop musicandespecially on his second full-length album,A Grey Area[Arista Records].After dedicating his life to music, the Toronto-born and Los Angeles-based singer,songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist captivated audiences everywhere with“If The World Was Ending”[feat. Julia Michaels].Nominated for“Song of the Year”at the 2021 GRAMMY® Awards, streamed over one billion times, andcertified double-platinum in the U.S. and six times-platinum in Canada, it paved the way for his full-lengthdebut,Dangerous Levels of Introspection.Powered by“A Little Bit Yours,” “Line By Line”[feat. Maren Morris],and“Here’s Hopin’”with John Mayer, the record earned acclaim fromPeople,Entertainment Weekly,American Songwriter,UPROXX, andEUPHORIA.who even rated it“5-out-of-5 stars.”He delivered show-stopping performances onThe Late Show with Stephen Colbertaccompanied by Mayer,The Tonight ShowStarring Jimmy Fallon,Live with Kelly & Ryan,and more. To date, Saxe has amassed 2.5 billion-plustotalstreams and received two iHeart Award nominations forBest New Pop ArtistandBest Lyrics. He wonBreakthrough Artist of the Yearat the 2021 JUNO Awardsandwas nominated for two2022JUNO Awards,includingArtist of the YearandAlbum of the Year.Plus, hehas delivered memorable live performances,opening for Alicia Keys,Lewis Capaldi, and John Mayer.In the midst of this journey,heassembled what would becomeA Grey Area. By mining his deepest thoughts,anxieties, and emotions, heopens up more than ever.When on displayin the songs, his feelings may not look all that different from yours…“My favorite art makes me feel closer to a part of myself,”hestates.“If my art can get you closer to a part ofyourselfand gain emotional access, that’s a win.”This time around,he creatively plungedas deep as possible.He didn’t do so by himself though. He diligentlyworked alongside collaborators such as GRAMMY® Award-winning phenomenon Malay [Frank Ocean, Lorde,FLETCHER].L.A. sessions with Malay bookended a month-long sojourn to Colombia where he wrote andrecorded a significant chunk of the album.“Imadetwo songs with Malay, went to Colombia, came back, andwedid the wholerecordtogether,”recallsJP.“He’s become a core creative partner.He’s as obsessed with productiondetailsas I am with the nuances ofthe words and melodies. We share the same creative intent, and it’s based on mutual trust.”Heset the stage for the album by illuminating the expanse ofitsscope, sharing“When You Think of Me,”“The Good Parts,” “Moderación (Con Camilo),” “I Don’t Miss You,”and“Everything Ends”[feat. LizzyMcAlpine & Tiny Habits].Now, the single“Caught Up On You”finds JP in the pocketof a stream-of-conscious lyricaldelugeaffixed to awoozy jazz beat and nimble piano playing.Hisclever and oft-quotable rantdissects his romanticization ofintellect.“It stems frombeing 17 andcrushing hard on a girl who told me to read these classic novels shebased her personality,”he notes.“It’s where the story starts.”His voice confidently swoons on the chorus ashe wonders,“Can I embrace what I still can’t make sense of? Home’s the first place you try running awayfrom.”

“I quickly got bored of talking about loneliness, and I wanted to write about something else,” he admits,“Oneday in the studio, I was like,‘I want to make this fun’. So, I invited a bunch of my friends who playinstrumentsover. TJ Whitelaw came over with a guitar. Adam Hanson was on drums. While they jammed and got crazy, Isat in the corner and wrote. I completely turned off my filter and wrote nine of the weirdest verses I’ve everwritten and picked my favorite four. It was a way to clear the pipes creatively, but I ended up being obsessedwith the song. It was genuinely fun. It’s still my favorite song on the record. When you’re used to talkingabout heavy and emotional shit and you write a song about kinks and communism, it’s a nice little break.”On “Anywhere,” JP picks up cello for the first time since the age of 12. He uses the cello bow on the guitar,widening the sonic palette even further. These strings bolster the piano and give the album another sonicdimension.“It’s a complicated song,” he admits. “It reframes the phrase,‘No matter what and wherever I go, I’m notgoing anywhere’. It’s about how there are more ways to be there for the people you care about than tosimply be there for them. Musically, it took a long time to arrive at this simplicity with the strings, humming,and the piano. I’m proud of it though.”Then, there’s “Someone Else’s Home.” A nervous echo pulsates beneath hisconversational delivery. Helyrically leafs through his idiosyncrasieswith observations such as“It just feels unromantic to buy a paintingat 3AM on the internet.”Eventually,he lets go,“I’m giving up on making this my home, though it’s always feltlike someone else’s home.”“It’s one of the most thematicallycentral songson the album,” he reveals. “It directly examines when youareand aren’tconnected to yourself and the world you’re in.”Elsewhere, “Fear and Intuition” hinges on nimbly finger-picked acoustic guitar punctuated by twinkling keys.His internal dialogue plays out while“staying in my old roommate’s apartment.”“You always hear people say,‘Listen to yourself and follow your gut,’but my answer is usually,‘Which fuckinggut or voice at which time of day?’,” he laughs.“I’m tryingto tap into a voice that’s more elusive to mostpeople in their twenties. Iadmire anyone who taps into a clear inner voice, because mine don’t speakEnglish!”A palm-muted acoustic guitar riff underlines delicate verses on “All My Shit Is In My Car” only for his deliveryto erupt in a fit of emotion topped offwithfalsetto.“It’s literally about all my shit being in my car,” he smiles.“The song isabout a chaotic transition and arguingwith myself.I’mlike a fucking teenageragain becauseI’m rebuilding my life.”For the opener“Old Times Sake (Epigraph by Yesika Salgado),”he converted one ofpoetYesika’s piecesinto“a singable one-minutepiece.”“There’snostalgiaandself-awarenessin her poetry,” he notes. “It’s a little romantic, but it’s rooted in realityand thinking where your love lives and what home means.”Fittingly, the album closer “If Love Ends” leaves the story open-ended.“It concludes with a question,” he says. “If love ends, what would we call it anymore? There’s a catharsis inasking.”

There might not be an answer,butJP might know how you feel.“I hopethe musicbrings you closer to yourself,” he affirms. “I hope itmakes you react and you want to listenagain. I also hope you come to a show—because that’s good for my ego.”

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Ages: All Ages
Seating: Reserved & General Admission Bar