Ready to party?  Blast Friday returns to Downtown Clearwater for its 10th season.  The music will run from 5:30 to 10 pm on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage. Food trucks and vendors will be serving a wide variety of freshly prepared specialty food and beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages that will be available for purchase. Concert goers are welcome to bring their lawn chairs to watch the concert. Please see concert listings below (line-up, date and time subject to change).

Here is the schedule:

Friday, February 28
John Waite
John Waite got his start as the lead singer of The Baby’s whose hits include Isn’t It Time? and Every Time I Think of You. After five albums with The Baby’s, Waite released his first solo album, Ignition, which boasted the hit rock single Change, which was soon followed with a #1 and what is undeniably one of the all-time greatest pop/rock ballads, Missing You. The song topped the international charts and today remains a radio staple around the globe. In 2017, Waite released Wooden Heart, Vol. 2 (Acoustic Anthology).

Friday, March 27
Pablo Cruise
Pablo Cruise is an American pop/rock band from San Francisco currently composed of David Jenkins, Cory Lerios, Steve Price and Larry Antonino. Formed in 1973, the band released eight studio albums over the next decade, during which time five singles reached the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Hit songs include Watcha Gonna Do, Love Will Find A Way and Cool Love.

Friday, April 24
10,000 Maniacs
The band has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom, to their current status as a cornerstone alternative band. But the sound and spirit of 10,000 Maniacs remains consistent. The live shows embrace their entire catalogue and the lineup is still anchored by four of the six original members.

Friday, May 29
Home Cooking: Greg Billings Band & The Black Honkeys
The Greg Billings Band is a continuation of a phenomenon that began when popular ‘80s Florida band Romeo signed to Epic Records and released its first album after a name change to Stranger. The band features two members of Stranger, lead vocalist Greg Billings and bassist Tom ‘King’ Cardenas and also includes lead guitarist George Harris, drummer Mark Busto, guitarist Kyle Ashley and Rob Stoney on keyboards.

Known for their soul, funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues music, The Black Honkeys have won awards in multiple categories for four years running in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Choice Awards. Front man, Brother Phil Esposito, is supported on vocals by the lovely Nicole Simone, with guitarist Greg Czinke, Will Harris on bass, Steven Tanner on drums, John “Dash” Dixon on keyboards, along with the fabulous Ebony & Ivory Horn Section with Scott Myers on trombone and Terry Clark on trumpet.


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