The 7th Annual Season of Blast Friday comes to a close with free, live Home Cookin’ music from local favorites Greg Billings Band and The Black Honkeys! This food and crafts festival features a free live concert on the Tampa Bay Times Stage located in the Cleveland Street District. 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. A free art exhibit will be held at Studio 617, located at 617 Cleveland Street, from 7 to 9 pm. A limited number of VIP and SUPER VIP concert ticket packages are on sale now, details below.
The Greg Billings Band makes a triumphant return after their sold-out show at the Capitol Theatre in January. The 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. Another local favorite, known for their soul, funk and rhythm ‘n’ blues music, The Black Honkeys have won awards in multiple categories for three 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. If you are looking for a night of fun, look no further!