Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their platinum selling album, All the Pain Money Can Buy, Grammy® nominated band Fastball makes their way to Clearwater for their Blast Friday debut with returning band The Black Honkeys! With hit songs, "The Way", "Fire Escape", and "Out of My Head", the Austin-based band’s 1998 album reached platinum sales within six months of its release, and stayed on the Billboard 200 chart for a year. In 1999, Fastball received two Grammy® Award nominations...one for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and the other was Best Long Form Video for "The Way". They also received an MTV Award nomination for Best New Artist and five The Austin Chronicle awards: 1998's Album of the Year, Best Video, Best Single/EP, Band of the Year, and 1995's Best Pop Band.
The Black Honkeys, voted "Best of the Bay Local Soul/R&R/Funk act", first hit the stage in 2001. This eight piece band is led by Frontman-Vocalist Brother Phil Esposito. They are a band with an identity all of their own. Their style is throwback, their music is traditional, their sound is hip. They are a must see!
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 9th 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.