On October 16, Freeboot Friday will welcome live music from The Fabulous Bel Airs and a special line up of programming to kick off the ECU Homecoming weekend celebrations.

The Fabulous Bel Airs, a Motown 60’s and 70’s group from Fairfax, Virginia, came together in 1991 and have been rocking the stage for nearly 25 years since. They have performed in many venues over the years in places such as Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

“The Fabulous Bel Airs are very excited and honored to be selected to headline the entertainment for the Uptown Greenville Freeboot Friday ECU Homecoming event,” said Joe Quattrone, founder and manager of the band. “We have performed in over 600 cities and seven states and as founder, I can say this event tops the list!”

The band boasts a nine-piece show consisting of six backline musicians and three frontline vocalists. The backline includes two horns, bass, guitar, keys, and drums, which are accompanied by captivating and high-energy male and female vocals on the front line. The Fabulous Bel Airs have traveled near and far and are widely recognized as one of the most popular multifaceted show bands performing in the mid Atlantic region.

October 16th Freeboot Friday attendees will not only hear great performances from The Fabulous Bel Airs, but will also enjoy visits from Coach Ruffin McNeil, the ECU Marching Pirates, the ECU Cheerleaders, the 2015 Homecoming Court, and special Homecoming skits to be performed by ECU students.

The Young Professionals of Pitt County will collect food for the Eastern Carolina Fall Food Drive at Freeboot Friday. Donate an item at Freeboot Friday and receive a coupon for $2.00 off a Freeboot Friday t-shirt! Most needed items include the following: canned spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, soups, tuna, cereal, rice, pasta, dried beans, canned fruit/fruit cups, applesauce, pudding cups, granola bars, diapers, wipes, formula, hand sanitizer, soap, shaving cream, toothbrushes, soap, toilet paper, and paper towels.

In addition to free face painting, bounce houses, and crafts for kids, Greenville Utilities Commission will offer free GUC bucket truck rides. This is a view you don’t want to miss! Onsite food offerings will include: Chick-fil-a, Jimmy John’s, Sup Dogs, Campus Cookies, Crave Uptown, Fitzgerald’s, and Kernakopia Kettle Korn.

Freeboot Friday is organized by Uptown Greenville, the downtown development engine for the City of Greenville, and is presented by the generous support of presenting sponsor Wells Fargo. Special ECU appearances for this event are made possible by ECU Homecoming.

Don’t forget to hop aboard the free Uptown Game Day Shuttle on Saturday, October 17. The Game Day Shuttle runs every home ECU football game two hours prior, all throughout and three hours following the game with stops at Sup Dogs, Five Points Plaza and the top of College Hill.

Join us for The Fabulous Bel Airs on October 16th at Five Points Plaza (5th and Evans) and mark your calendars for the last 2015 Freeboot Friday on November 6 from 5-8pm. See the full line-up for the Homecoming Freeboot Friday below.


5:00-5:15pm                Fabulous Bel Airs

5:15pm-5:45pm           SGA President, Coach Ruff,  2014 King and Queen 2015 Homecoming Court presented,    and Top 3 Homecoming skits are performed

5:45pm-7:00pm           Fabulous Bel Airs

7:00pm-7:15pm           ECU Marching Pirates, Cheer & Dance perform and Uptown t-shirt toss

7:15pm-8:00pm           Fabulous Bel Airs

For more information, please email Uptown Greenville at info@uptowngreenville.com or call the office (252) 561-8400.