"Just being able to come out here and enjoy the music and then bring my daughter out here, it's just great. It's free and everybody has a good time enjoying the music," said concert fan Stephen Hodges.
The music by the Army Ground Forces Band was an 1812 salute. It's also the unofficial start of a weekend of special activities for soldiers and their families.
Saturday, there will be different bands on the stage at Festival Park with lots of different music. It's "Warrior Jam 2013," but it's more than just a day of entertainment and fun. It's a day to salute and reach out to warriors and theor families.
"It creates a community outreach in general," said retired Col. Tony Monaco.
Monaco is president of Patriot Outreach, a nonprofit group that offers confidential help with combat stress, and PTSD.
"Come by. Stop by the booth. Pick up a CD," said Monaco. "Talk to warriors all off the books. We have thousands of testimonials, and success stories."
Last year was the first Patriot Jam in Fayetteville, but it was a much smaller event.