Summer. It’s cool drinks on a hot night. It’s hanging out with family and friends. It’s a toe-tapping tune under the stars. And dancing. And laughing. And making memories. Summer. It’s Fayetteville After 5’s specialty. Fayetteville After 5 falls on July 22 this month and coincides with 4th Friday. So after visiting the galleries, museums and other exhibits and activities, head to Festival Park and ease into the weekend at Fayetteville After 5.
This month’s headliner is On the Border, an audience favorite according to Dogwood Festival Executive Director Carrie King.
“This makes the fifth time we’ve had them at our summer concert series. Each year their performance always draws our largest crowd. So we continue to bring them back since our patrons approve! They are also one of the best touring tribute bands on the east coast. Their performance is always outstanding,” she said.
Based in Charlotte, On the Border is an Eagles tribute band with a healthy following. In 2015, AXSTV declared them “The Greatest Eagles Tribute Band in the World.” Live Nation Venue, The “Fillmore Charlotte” sings the band’s praises as well. “ … Not just any musician can nail the harmonies of Glenn Frey and Don Henley, or pull off the talk-box guitar solos of Joe Walsh. With dedication, a surplus of musical chops and a shelf full of papier-mâché Grammys, On the Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute pulls it off, treating fans to an authentic concert experience while journeying through The Eagles’ songbook. The band covers every hit, from ballads such as “Desperado” and “Lyin’ Eyes” to rave-ups such as “Life In the Fast Lane” and “Heartache Tonight” with such accuracy, that listeners may permanently confuse On the Border with the real Eagles. It’s truly a masterful sound of witness for yourself.”
Music is always king at Fayetteville After 5, but because the gates open around 5:30 p.m., offering good grub just makes sense. So far it’s been a hit.
“We will have 15 food trucks for this event,” said King. “… everything from gourmet burgers, slow cooked meats and savory sides to event staples like funnel cakes, lemonade and ice cream. Because this is such a popular event with a larger crowd we will expand the beer service areas to include one large beer caddy with 10 taps and five beer selections and two satellite stations — one at the bridge and other at the stage offering aluminum cans of Bud, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Bud Light Lime. We will have roving hawkers selling aluminums and bottles, too. All products are $5.”
The gates open around 5:30 p.m., music starts around 7:30 p.m. For more about Fayetteville After 5, visit www.faydogwoodfestival.com/p/Events/211.