If you missed the first Fayetteville After Five concert, it’s not too late to enjoy the next installment of free music in Festival Park. Every second Friday, May through August, free concerts under the stars, food trucks and beverages beckon citizens to kick up their heels and welcome the weekend with free entertainment and a night of familyfriendly memory making.
June 14, it’s a local favorite that takes the stage — Eagles tribute band On the Border. Taking the tribute band experience up a notch, each member gets into character and performs as their respective band member from The Eagles during the performance. The members of On the Border are Tracy Maples (vocals, guitar), Tim Giovanniello (vocals, guitar), Bill Morgan (vocals, guitar), Andy Young (vocals, drums), Scott Sobota (vocals, bass) and, Bob Orazi (vocals, keys, guitar). Their delivery of spot-on music has not only garnered them a loyal following. They have been declared the greatest Eagles tribute band in the world by AXSTV and host Katie Daryl.
On the Border hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been granted licensed rights for live musical performances of the Eagles catalog. Known for their delivery, the band brings some of rock ’n’ roll’s best classics to Fayetteville — and it is free to attend.
The Eagles originated in Los Angeles, California, in 1971 with founding members Glenn Frey (guitars, vocals), Don Henley (drums, vocals), Bernie Leadon (guitars, vocals) and Randy Meisner (bass guitar, vocals). The Eagles were one of the most successful bands in the 1970s, with five No. 1 singles, six No. 1 albums, six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards. To date, the band has sold more than 100 million albums. Songs like “Hotel California,” “Take It Easy,” “Witchy Woman,” Peaceful, Easy Feeling,” “One of Those Nights” and “Desperado” are just a few of their most well-known songs. The Eagles split in 1980 and reunited in 1994. The band is currently on tour through October of this year.
A local band with a solid following, Rivermist headlines the July 12 concert. The band has been playing in the area for more than 20 years in different iterations. Rivermist as it is known today formally came together in 2014. A classic rock and variety party band, the group is known for being energetic on the stage. The band knows its audience and hits every chord just right when it comes to pleasing the crowd. Rivermist tours the East Coast with a focus on Virginia and the Carolinas. The band has won several awards locally, including Up & Coming Weekly’s Best of Fayetteville.
Aug. 9, Kasey Tyndall closes the season. Tyndall’s debut single, “Everything is Texas,” dropped in 2017, and the video was in the top 10 on CMT’s 12 Pack Countdown.
“For as long as people have been breaking hearts or getting their hearts broken, there’s a bar, that bar’s regulars, and its staff to help,” says Tyndall on her website. “We all have that bar in our life — no matter what we’re going through, we’re somehow family when we come together there.”
The gates open at 5 p.m. for all the concerts. Music starts around 6:30 p.m. and ends around 10:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. No canopies, please. No coolers or outside food is permitted. Service dogs are welcome. The concerts are free. Visit www.thedogwoodfestival.com/fayetteville-after-five to learn more.