Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group The Rippingtons return to Clearwater for their Blast Friday debut! Founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman in 1985, the group has passed the thirty year mark, and continues to innovate. Under Freeman's production, the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1. Jazziz magazine called their debut album, Moonlighting, "the number one most influential contemporary jazz album of all time."
Special guests Shaun Hopper & The Sun Kings to open the show.