Freeboot Friday kicks off at 5pm

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Uptown Greenville's 3rd Freeboot Friday for the fall season kicks off at Five Points Plaza at 5pm tomorrow as the ECU Pirates prepare to take on the South Florida Bulls.

The official pep rally of all home football games, Freeboot Friday features live music, children activities, arts and crafts, delicious food from food trucks Baguettaboutit and STUFT, and more.

Program details include:
5pm: Lipbone Redding
6:30pm: Greenville Little League
6:45pm: Lipbone Redding

This Friday's musician is Lipbone Redding, described as 'a unique band whose roots began in North Carolina. A one-man orchestra with no electronic effects, his natural human sounds of throat singing, bass and beat-boxing, and his astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning are a must-experience evening of entertainment—as he weaves his stories with funky rhythms, catchy melodies, brash humor, soulful singing, and inventive guitar playing. This well-traveled band combines vocal instruments and storytelling to deliver their audience with a great musical experience.'

If you are looking for transportation to the game at Dowdy-Ficklen on Saturday, don’t forget The Sup Dogs Game Day Shuttle services run on all game days from the Uptown district to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The FREE shuttle will run three hours before, during, and two hours after the game for every home game.

For more information regarding the Freeboot Friday or The Sup Dogs Game Day Shuttle, please visit uptowngreenville.com or contact Uptown Greenville at info@uptowngreenville.com.

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The weather looks wonderful for Uptown Greenville’s second Freeboot Friday of the 2017-2018 football season supporting the ECU Pirates.

The first Freeboot Friday this fall was moved indoors after heavy rain on Sept. 1.

Kicking off at 5pm on Friday, Pirate Club Freeboot Friday is the official pep rally of all home football games.

It will feature all of the usual vendors and activities, plus some special events hosted by the ECU Pirate Club like a t-shirt toss. The ECU Cheer Team, PeeDee the Pirate and the ECU women’s soccer and volleyball teams will all be present.

The David Dixon Trio will take to the stage at Five Points Plaza starting right at 5pm.

Program details include:
5pm: Event begins, David Dixon Trio
6:15pm: Tee Shirt Toss, Sponsorship Shout-out
6:25pm: Phillip Wood, Executive Director of ECU Pirate Club speaks
6:30pm: David Dixon Trio
8pm: Strike of event begins

For anyone looking for a good way to get to and from the big game against Virginia Tech game Saturday, the Sup Dogs Game Day Shuttle services run game days from the Uptown district to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The shuttle will run three hours prior, during, and two hours post game for each home game, including Thursday game days. Shuttle route information can be found here. Tailgating is prohibited in the municipal parking lots, while supporting Uptown businesses is encouraged.

For more information regarding the Freeboot Friday or The Sup Dogs Game Day Shuttle, please visit uptowngreenville.com or contact Uptown Greenville at info@uptowngreenville.com. Go Pirates!


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Freeboot Friday has been moved tonight due to the possibility of wet weather in Greenville.

The event, which starts at 5:00 p.m., will relocate from its usual location at Five Points Plaza to Pitt Street Brewing at 630 South Pitt Street.

A Convention & Visitors Bureau spokeswoman says most events will still take place, including the live band, and food trucks. The planned bouncy houses are cancelled for this Freeboot Friday.


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Freeboot Friday is back as the official pep rally ahead of every ECU home football game in Greenville this fall.

Uptown Greenville hosts the free event, sponsored by Wells Fargo, which is open to alumni, students and fans beginning September 1, 2017, at 5:00pm at the Five Points Plaza.

The first event, dubbed “Pirate Club” Freeboot Friday will host visits from Greenville Mayor Kandie Smith, the ECU Pirate Club, PeeDee, the ECU Cheerleaders, Head Football Coach Scottie Montgomery, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Rob Donnenwirth, and the ECU Marching Pirates.

Program details include:
4:45 pm: Noelle Smith
5:15pm Mayor Smith welcomes the crowd
5:25pm Coach Scottie Montgomery
5:30-6:30pm: Dub Addis
6:30pm Coach Rob Donnenwirth
6:45pm-6:55pm: ECU Marching Pirates
6:55pm-8pm: Dub Addis
8pm: Strike of event begins

In a press release, Uptown Greenville says “The fall music series, entering its 18th year, will include a variety of music styles, leading with reggae band dub Addis. Soulful and energizing, dub Addis combines intricate Ethiopian melodies with the rhythms of Reggae to create an original sound that moves both the heart and mind. Continuing the rich traditions of Ethiopian music and the legacy of the great Reggae artists, the music of dub Addis unites people of all backgrounds in a celebration of life. For over a decade dub Addis has shared their passion with the audiences. They have shared the stage with The Wailers, Steel Pulse, Arrested Development and many others”

Uptown Greenville will also help fans get to Dowdy-Ficklen on game days with the Sup Dogs Game Day Shuttle services. Shuttles will run from Uptown to the stadium starting three hours before kickoff. It will run every 20 minutes throughout the game and for two hours after it ends.

While supporting Uptown businesses is encouraged, tailgating is prohibited in the municipal parking lots. For more information regarding the Freeboot Friday or The Sup Dogs Game Day Shuttle, please visit uptowngreenville.com or contact Uptown Greenville at info@uptowngreenville.com .

In correlation with the East Carolina University home football games, Uptown Greenville will host six Freeboot Friday events: September 1, September 15, September 29, October 6, October 20, and November 10.