By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
MARLBOROUGH – Union Common was a regional music destination July 15 as the country music band Southbound Train brought nearly 60 fans from across Central Massachusetts to town.
That group joined a reliable crowd of local music fans, who gather for weekly performances in the ongoing Mayor’s Summer Concert Series.
“What better way to end this beautiful day than with a country concert,” the Marlborough Recreation Department wrote in a Facebook post promoting the event.
This show marked the fifth week of this year’s Mayor’s Summer Concert Series. Recent rainy weather had snarled a handful of previously planned concerts, but there was no rain in sight as Southbound Train took the stage.
A seven piece band, the group treated concertgoers to a blend of old and new country music, sprinkling in rock and roll songs over the course of their two hour set.
Longtime fan and Natick resident Kathy Lee was one of those concertgoers.
She learned about the performance ahead of time. Having seen Southbound Train perform in the past at the beloved SKYBOKX bar and music venue in her hometown, she took to Facebook to spread the word about their Marlborough gig, she told the Community Advocate. Anticipating a handful of responses, Lee said she was blown away by the roughly 60 individuals who showed up.
A handful of those fans spent a large portion of Southbound Train’s show dancing in a circle and dancing with one another near the concert stage.
“I love this band,” Lee said.
The Mayor’s Summer Concert Series will continue through August 12, with upcoming performances by Flash Back, the Reminisants and Dom V & the Swing Out Band.