Blast Friday: 10,000 Maniacs
Fri, Apr 27 at 5:30 PM @ REH On The Road
TRAFFIC ALERT! This Friday, Bay 2 Beach Music & Arts Festival kicks off at Coachman Park in beautiful downtown Clearwater and we expect an increase in both traffic and attendance at Blast Friday with 10,000 Maniacs. If you're planning to attend Blast Friday, please plan to arrive early to locate parking. For more information regarding parking, please visit the City of Clearwater website.
Founded in1981 in Jamestown, NY, 10,000 Maniacs is one of the most enduring bands from the early "alternative rock" movement having released close to 20 albums, including 2015's Twice Told Tales and 2016's Playing Favorites, while consistently touring the U.S. and abroad. This multi-platinum band still receives rave reviews of their live
While 2017 marked the 30 year anniversary of the release of 10,000 Maniacs' critically acclaimed, break-out album, In My Tribe, which Rolling Stone Magazine included in their "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties", 2018 marks 3 significant anniversaries for the band. It was 25 years ago in 1993 that that 10,000 Maniacs made their iconic performance on MTV's "Unplugged"; the released recording would go on to sell millions of copies. Later, in that same year, Mary Ramsey, a backing vocalist on “Unplugged,” began her tenure as lead singer for the band. And 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the release of their first full-length recording, Secrets of the I Ching, which caught the attention of BBC radio legend John Peel, who brought the band to the attention of millions of listeners worldwide. To celebrate these milestones on their 2018 tour, 10,000 Maniacs will play select acoustic sets including songs from Secrets of the I Ching and MTV Unplugged as well as their hit songs.
10,000 Maniacs include: Mary Ramsey, lead vocals, viola; Steven Gustafson, bass guitar; Dennis
Drew, keyboard; Jeff Erickson, guitar; John Lombardo, guitar; and Jerome Augustyniak, drums.
Special guest Fire & Ice to open the show.
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.