April 30, 2012, Clearwater, FL - Casanova's Blast Friday returns with a musical performance by the Edgar Winter Band live on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage directly in front of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater on Friday, May 25. This FREE street festival will feature a variety of vendors, as well as food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The street fair begins at 5:30 pm with entertainment outside until 10 pm. Blast Friday is produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road Presents.
A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Winter has found an audience in every major entertainment medium - music, film and television. A prolific writer, his music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums, Edgar Winter's White Trash and Roadwork, backed by his group White Trash. In late 1972 Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group, the legendary band that created such hits as the number one Frankenstein and the ever popular Free Ride. Released in 1973, They Only Come Out at Night peaked at the number three position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks.
Following They Only Come Out at Night, Edgar continued to record albums with Rick Derringer and his brother Johnny Winter. With more than 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar's music to advertise their products as well as making several television appearances. Edgar Winter's live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style.
Admission to Blast Friday is free. Tickets for all Capitol Theatre and Ruth Eckerd Hall events will be on sale at the Capitol Theatre Ticket Office located in front of Capitol Theatre throughout Blast Friday and are available all other times at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727.791.7400 or by logging onto www.atthecap.com. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm.
BLAST Friday is proudly sponsored by Casanova Restaurant and Lounge, by Bright House Networks, the Tampa Bay Times, The Eagle 107.3, the Hyatt Regency of Clearwater Beach and is supported by the City of Clearwater, the Cleveland Street District and the Downtown Development Board.
The City of Clearwater and Ruth Eckerd Hall have joined forces to renovate and revitalize the intimate Capitol Theatre located on downtown Clearwater's beautiful Cleveland Street. Constructed and established in 1921, this classic structure, complete with a large mezzanine and furnishings reminiscent of a classic Hollywood theater, is one of the oldest operating theatres in the state of Florida. In 2009, the Clearwater City Council designated the Capitol Theatre a historical landmark. This is the first such designation by the city. Ruth Eckerd Hall and Capitol Theatre are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations.