Presented by R.A. Jefferies, a local distributer of Budweiser products, and organized by the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, the Fayetteville After 5 concert series is a huge hit throughout the community. “This has become like a tradition for families. They come to the concert every month. We have two sisters who go to every single event and always give us feedback. It is a tradition for our community,” Carrie King, executive director of the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival explained. Every third Friday during the summer season, Festival Park is full of talented musicians performing for the community — and it is absolutely free to attend. It is a great family-friendly event that is perfect for sitting back in the grass and relaxing or dancing with friends.
For this next season, the event will keep the changes made the previous season. The concerts are on Friday and there is a variety of music scheduled. These changes were made to the concert series in order to make it more accessible to the community. Friday evenings is often easier to go to a concert — and now there is some music for everyone. These changes have been met with great success. “We feel that the community has really embraced these changes. It was a change in format as well as a change from the type of music, beach music. Now there is something for everyone regardless of preferred genre,” said King.
Fayetteville After 5 brings a lot to the community. It provides a free place to spend a fun evening with family and friends. It also brings talented and skilled performers into the area. According to King, even though the concert is free, it still brings business into the downtown area, which stimulates the local economy. Dinner and then a concert is the recipe for an incredible evening. There are also refreshments sold at the concert and the proceeds are used to help support the nonprofit Fayetteville Dogwood Festival organization.
This summer’s concert season offers several musical genres and styles. To kick off the season, the May 16 concert begins with Josh Thompson and the Erin Nenni Band. Both of these performers are country musicians. The theme for the June concert this year is Funk. The concert is on June 20 and will feature Liquid Pleasure and Big Rick and the Bombers. July 18 hosts Captain & the Keels, a BeeGee’s tribute band, and Heart Brigade, a Heart tribute band. August 15 brings the Eagles tribute band On the Border and the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Tuesday’s Gone.
The gates of Festival Park open at 5 p.m. for Fayetteville After 5 events and the first acts begin between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The concert closes at 10:30 p.m. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Bring chairs or a blanket to relax on. For more information visit www.faydogwoodfestival.com/p/Events/211 or call 323-1934. Festival Park is located at 225 Ray Ave.
Photo: top left; Josh Thompson, bottom right; Erin Nenni.