The recent ranking by a nonresident blogger bestowing Cleburne high marks in the boredom department rang false Saturday night given the crowd who were on hand at Market Square celebrating the opening salvo of the city’s free summer concert series with local band the R.C. Trio and classic rock cover band Incognito.
A crowd, Johnson County Commissioner Rick Bailey pointed out, would likely have been much larger absent Cleburne’s other entertainment options last weekend.
“Considering we had the rodeo, Relay for Life, Dancing with the Stars and shows at the Songbird going on the same time I think we drew a pretty good crowd,” Bailey said.
Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain agreed.
“We had a great concert and a great crowd in spite of a certain report saying Cleburne is boring,” Cain said. “If there was any problem at all Saturday it’s that the town had so many entertainment opportunities occurring at once.”
A healthy cross breeze tempered the warm weather making for a comfortable night in the square as the R.C. Trio took the stage about 7:30 p.m. for a rousing bout of country and ’70s rock.
The 1970s and ’80s revisited downtown Cleburne for a couple of hours at least starting about 9 p.m. courtesy of Incognito’s faithful renditions of classic hits by Boston, the Eagles, Guns N’ Roses and more. Several mature attendees were spotted dancing and singing along like the teenagers and young adults they would have been when these songs were new.
The crowd of five or six dancing in the square grew substantially after singer Shelley Porterfield beckoned everyone stage front. Moments later, Brittany Darling of College Station hoisted her 2-year-old daughter Andi Darling on stage to mug for the crowd and shake a tambourine while Porterfield sang.