Train’s Music Turns Eco-friendly

Everyone knows it is in style to be “eco-friendly” and “green,” or whichever name you prefer to use as a substitute for “being good to the environment.”   


Ditch the plastic bags used at the grocery stores and replace them with a reusable bag, separate paper and plastic from regular garbage, recycle bottles, reuse scrap paper and even drive around in a hybrid car. But what’s better than going to a free concert, knowing that it is actually helping save the world?

Origins, a cosmetics brand known for their organic and natural skin care products and makeup went over the top this month to promote environmentalism. On March 21, Origins at the Metro New York locations were handing out goodie bags filled with containers made from recycled products and two free concert tickets.

The three time Grammy winning band Train teamed up with the cosmetics for their second “Origins Rocks Earth Month Concert” at Webster Hall on April 20, in exchange for pledges to be greener. The “Hey Soul Sister” singers rocked the house with a packed venue. To go further in being green, a tree was planted for each attendee. Opening acts included singer/song-writer Nikki Jean and winners of “Origins Rocks Earth Month Green Artist Search” Treetop Flyers, hailing all the way from London.

As soon as Train took the stage with a train-like entrance, the crowd went wild. They covered some of their hits from their past albums and from their recent album “Save Me, San Francisco,”suchas the first hit off their self-titled and album, “Meet Virginia,” “Calling All Angels” and “Soul Sister.”  

In the midst of the event, lead singer Patrick Monahan awed his fans by picking eight girls up to thestage, or as he calls them “Trainettes”, to have their 15 minutes of fame. Before the night ended, Monahan unexpectedly walked through the crowd, wooing the fans by taking pictures and hugging them while singing “Marry Me.”

To close the concert the band chose none other than their biggest hit “Drops of Jupiter,” which struck most with nostalgia.  The concert turned out to be one of those small concerts that fans will still remember for decades to come.

That was not the only thing Origins did to promote environmentalism. This past Friday the 18, people had the opportunity to choose one of the two cleansers Origins has when they traded in their empty bottles of skin care, in honor of Earth Day. Millions of cleanser-striving lovers awaited outside their local Origins counter to open à la Black Friday for free cleansers.

Origins managed to incorporate music and freebies in an effort to make changes for the environment. In an attempt to spread the celebration globally and raise environmental awarness around the world, the event was broadcasted on their website. Maybe more artists like Train will join the movement and fans can enjoy more free entertainment as well as help protect their Earth.