Freeboot Friday Dates & Music Lineup Announced

GREENVILLE, NC—Greenville’s favorite fall event is back for its 16th season as the official pep rally to home ECU football games.

Freeboot Friday is Uptown Greenville’s signature fall event attracting an average of more than 4,000 attendees to Five Points Plaza every Friday night before a Saturday home football game. The series provides an array of offerings including live music, a beer and wine garden, kid’s activities, food offerings onsite and free rides aboard the Jolly Trolley.

With Wells Fargo as the presenting sponsor, this season promises to be the best yet with new offerings in the kid’s area, an expanded food section, and unique entertainment for each event.

Freeboot Friday is kicking off the season with Chalwa, a reggae band based out of the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. Chalwa, formed in 2005 by Dennis Berndt, plays a blend of high-energy new school and old school roots of reggae, which they are excited to bring to Freeboot Friday.

“We are super stoked to be playing at an event which holds so much tradition for East Carolina,” says Berndt. “Chalwa is going to create that island reggae vibe so the Pirates will have no problem winning on Saturday. Go Pirates!”

Save the dates for this season’s Freeboot Fridays and the following line-up of incredible bands:

September 4: Chalwa, Reggae Band

Kick-off weekend

September 25: Natural Wonder, Stevie Wonder Tribute Band

Pirate Club and Family Weekend 

October 16: The Fabulous Bel Airs, DC-based Party Band


November 6: Caroline Dare / Psylo Joe, Jam Rock Funk Band

Military Appreciation

Don’t forget to take advantage of the free Uptown Game Day Shuttle on ECU Pirate home game days. The shuttle will run on every home game day 3 hours before, during, and 2 hours after the game with stops at Five Points Plaza, Sup Dogs and the top of College Hill.

For more information about Freeboot Friday, visit