2015 PirateFest Entertainment Line Up Released!
March 31, 2015
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The winds are blowing in the east, and PirateFest is only a couple weeks away from running aground on the banks of the Tar River in Greenville, NC. This year’s PirateFest marks the 9th annual event celebrating Eastern North Carolina’s rich culture and history steeped with famous pirates.
An amazing line up of musicians is slated to perform on the festival’s Roses Main Stage, located on the corner of 4th and Evans Street in Uptown Greenville. The live music will begin Friday, April 10, at 5:00pm with The Breakfast Club, a 1980’s cover band well known around the United States for paying tribute to famous bands and singers like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Beastie Boys and many more.
“Greenville, NC, ECU, and the Pirate Nation have always been incredibly anticipated stops for us on our calendar,” said Jerry Finely, a member of The Breakfast Club. “Some of our most rocking throw-downparty-concerts have been in Greenville with ECU, and there is no reason to believe that PirateFest 2015 will be any different.”
On Saturday, April 11, the festival will kick off at 10:15am with the sounds of strings from Wright School
Music students at the Roses Lot Main Stage. At 11:00am the Pirate Parade will begin at the Town Common Amphitheater and march all the way to the Roses Main Stage to be followed immediately by the Pirate Costume Competition.
The music will then continue with 14-year-old singer-songwriter and rising star, Caroline Dare. Caroline has recently been recognized by NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) as “One to Watch” for being a songwriter on the rise. She also plays a host of covers from artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum.
Country rock group Mikele Buck Band will then take the stage, followed by local favorite, Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey, a 6-piece folks/blues band that includes a keys and horn section. In 2014, Rebekah released her first full-length album, “Roots Bury Deep,” and played over 130 shows up and down the east coast. She is currently working on her next album to be released in 2015.
The next band in the line-up is Folk Soul Revival, an Americana band rumbling out of the hills of southwest Virginia. Their unique blend of country, roots and rock has earned them an eclectic group of fans, lovingly referred to as The Congregation. The harmony-drenched music is rowdy and energetic coupled with heartfelt lyrics about love, loss and life in general. Coming together in 2008, Folk Soul Revival is currently working on its fourth studio album after an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign.
Headlining the Roses Main Stage on Saturday, April 11th is Wilmington-based reggae group, Signal Fire, a powerful rock/reggae quintet offering danceable rhythms, fervent melodies, and feel-good vibes. Signal Fire has played over 150 shows sharing acts with artists such as The Wailers, The Movement, Dirty Heads, Fortunate Youth and more. Independently touring the eastern Seaboard, they’ve performed at festivals including California Roots Carolina Sessions, Mantrabash and Irie Vibes.
The Roses Main Stage is only one of two live music stages to be activated during the festival; the
International Ports Of Call Stage at the Town Common Amphitheater will be alive all day long on Saturday,
April 11 with music and dance. Performances will feature groups such as the Motley Tones, Hmong Student Association, Salsa, Chinese School, Nahla Hamad, the Indian Association, Flor y Canto, and the Emerald City Big Band.
In additional to live music and dance, attendees will have the opportunity to witness live Pirate reenactments, black powder demonstrations and sword fighting at the Pirate Encampment on the Town Common from 12:00pm-4:30pm on Saturday, April 11. Amongst the live music and dance performances and roving pirate performances, the festival will also feature mermaids, inflatables, art and craft vendors, food trucks and a carnival at Five Points Plaza.
Organized by Uptown Greenville, the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, and the City of Greenville, and put on by the generous support of Minges Bottling Group, PirateFest will showcase the best of the region. Come out and release your inner pirate on April 10-11 in Uptown Greenville!
See a complete listing of the entertainment schedule below and visit www.piratefestnc.com for more
FRIDAY NIGHT BUCCANEER
BASH MAIN STAGE (4th & Evans)
5:00-8:00pm: The Breakfast Club
SATURDAY PIRATE ENCAMPMENT
10:00am: Festival Opening
11:00am: Parade of Pirates from Town Common Stage to the Roses Main Stage (4th/Evans)
11:20am: Pirate Costume Competition – Roses Main Stage 12:00pm: Black Powder Demonstration/Cannon Fire with the Moody Crewe & The Loose Cannon Company 12:30pm: Shadow Players Pirate Show
12:30pm: Little Pirate School: Encampment Stage
1:30pm: Black Powder Demonstration/Cannon Fire with the
Moody Crewe & The Loose Cannon Company
2:00pm: Shadow Players Pirate Show
2:00pm: Little Pirate School: Encampment Stage
2:30pm: Motley Tones: Encampment Stage
3:30pm: Black Powder Demonstration/Cannon Fire with the
Moody Crewe & The Loose Cannon Company
4:00pm: Shadow Players Pirate Show
4:00pm: Little Pirate School: Encampment Stage
SATURDAY MAIN STAGE (4th & Evans)
10:15am: Wright School of Music
11:15am: Arrival of the Parade of Pirates & the
Pirate Costume Competition
11:45am: Caroline Dare
12:30pm: Mikele Buck Band
1:30pm: Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey
3:15pm: Folk Soul Revival
5:00-7:00pm: Signal Fire
SATURDAY INTERNATIONAL PORTS OF CALL
STAGE (Town Common)
10:45am: Motley Tones
11:00am: Mayor Welcome
(Parade of Pirates leaves Town Common and continues to
4th & Evans)
11:20am: Hmong Student Association
12:00pm: Chinese School & PCC Chinese Culture Society
12:35pm: Nahla Hamad (Middle Eastern)
1:00pm: Indian Association
1:25pm: Flor Y Canto (Latin/Hispanic)
2:30pm: Emerald City Big Band
SATURDAY BMX STUNT SHOWS (3rd & Evans Street)
11:30am, 1:30pm, & 3:30pm
CARNIVAL RIDES (Five Points Plaza)