Corpus Christi born country singer/songwriter Roger Creager, when not thrilling audiences, gets his kicks hanging ten in Costa Rica, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, skiing the Rockies and cavorting amongst wild dolphins.
What better way for a self-described adventurist to follow up such feats of derring-do than to brave the mean streets of Cleburne? Which is exactly what Creager plans to do when he hits the Market Square stage at 9 p.m. tonight. Better yet, it don’t cost nothing.
On tap a country cornucopia consisting of selections from Creager’s seven albums.
Fellow Texas native, Curtis Grimes opens, kicking out the jams at 7 p.m.
A former college baseball player, Grimes finished in the Top 10 on Season 1 of “The Voice” under coach Cee-lo Green then went on to place seven No. 1’s on the Texas Country Chart and another chart topper on the Power Source Christian Country Music Chart.
Accolades abounded including awards for Best New Male Vocalist, Male Vocalist of the Year, Country Christian Artist of the Year and more from a variety of award-presenting organizations. Grimes even got to go before the camera, appearing in a Supercuts TV ad, which also featured his hit single “Home To Me.”
The free concert series at Market Square, 302 S. Main St., which is presented by the Cleburne Parks & Recreation Department, has grown into a summer tradition attracting residents and tourists alike.
“The Market Square concerts are fun for the whole family and a great way to spend a Saturday night,” Parks & Recreation Director Aaron Dobson said. “Come out and enjoy a fun concert downtown in a way that is uniquely Cleburne.”
Food trucks will be on hand and attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and friends.
“We had one of our largest turnouts last week and I believe we can keep that same energy and attendance with Roger Creager,” Dobson said. “His music is a fun kind of country, a take you to the Texas beach kind of country and guaranteed to be a good time.”
Thunder of dragons
The dragons preparing to invade Lake Pat Cleburne today ought be a tad more decorous, and family friendly, than those inhabiting “Game of Thrones.” Like the Market Square concerts, they’re also free to see.
Cleburne’s Dragon Boat Festival, now in its third year, returns 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday at Lake Pat.
President and organizer David Mandell hosts similar festivals in Houston, Sugarland and San Antonio but said he’s taken a shine to Cleburne.
“We call ourselves secondary locals because Cleburne’s become kind of a second home for us,” Mandell said. “I look forward to getting down there every year to your beautiful lake and to eat at Grump’s and visit the ballpark.”
Dragon boating involves traditional Hong Kong style Buk dragon boats, which are 40 feet long and four feet wide. The boats, which weigh as much as 500 pounds, carry 20 paddlers, one drummer and one steer person.
Teams, which consist of a minimum of 12 and maximum of 21, race one another on the lake. The event also includes a glimpse into Chinese culture and the enjoyment of Cleburne outdoors.
The event is free to attend. Registration to participate, however, is $600 for local community teams, $450 for non-profit community teams and $50 for individual paddlers. Life jackets, dragon boats and paddles will be provided by the Texas Dragon Boat Association.
To register as a team or individual, contact the Cleburne Chamber of Commerce at 817-645-2455 or cleburnechamber.com.
“It’s a lot of fun and it’s grown each year as more people become aware of it,” Mandell said. “And it brings a lot of people into Cleburne, which gives Cleburne a chance to show off their great town.
“But definitely, we encourage everyone to get involved. Sign up to participate and we’ll train you in the dynamics of dragon boating. Or just come out, pull up a lawn chair, pop a tent and enjoy the show.”
The big bang Thursday
The Cleburne Chamber of Commerce and H-E-B Grocery once again bring the annual 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks extravaganza to Lake Pat.
This year’s festival includes Alvarado musician Andrew Sevener, who finished fourth on NBC’s “The Voice,” as well as musician Austin Upchurch.
Gates open at 6:30 with Upchurch taking the stage at 7 p.m. followed by Sevener at 8:30 p.m. Gates close at 9 p.m. and the fireworks show begins at dark.
Space is limited and RSVP is required as spots are sure to sell out quickly.
Admission is $25 per carload with a maximum of eight per car.
Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome but no outside food or drink will be allowed. Food vendors will be on site.
Chamber officials encourage attendees to tune to 88.3 FM The Journey once it gets dark to enjoy music synced to the fireworks.
For information or to RSVP, contact the chamber at the above number.
Cleburne Chamber President Cathy Marchel stressed that the $25 cost is for admission to Cleburne Links Golf Course and the concerts.
“People are welcome, of course, to watch the fireworks from other areas of the lake for free,” Marchel said.