Veteran saxophonist Richard Elliot is long known as the “James Brown of Contemporary Jazz” for the intense soul inspirations of his recordings and joyfully exhausting onstage performances. Elliot has a bestselling discography of more than 15 recordings since 1986's Initial Approach, including hit songs like Inner City Blues, Chill Factor and When A Man Loves A Woman.
A limited number of SUPER VIP packages for all Blast Friday concerts, priced at $49 are available, which includes a ticket with seats in the first three rows of reserved general admission seating directly in front of the Tampa Bay Times Stage, a meet and greet opportunity with band members and two complimentary beers or wine and access to super VIP tent, which includes snacks. In addition, a limited number of VIP packages for all Blast Friday concerts, priced at $29 are also available, which includes a general admission ticket in the reserved seating section directly in front of the Tampa Bay Times Stage and two complimentary beers or wine.
Blast Friday returns to the Cleveland Street District in Downtown Clearwater for its 8th season, presented by Bank of America. 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.
There will be a Beer Garden at Station Square, located in the 600 block of Cleveland Street, with live local music and a sampling from New Belgium Brewing and more. A local art experience will also be featured at each Blast Friday.