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Friday
May 31 5:30 PM

Blast Friday: Mark Farner

Legendary all-American frontman and guitarist Mark Farner, formely of Grand Funk Railroad, returns to to Clearwater for his Blast Friday debut! He was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad to the top of the charts, and today he’s a platinum recording artist 30 times over. At age 69, Farner commands the stage with the same intensity and outpouring of love as he did at 20 during the summer of ’69, and his fans are still flocking to the Captain. The rock patriot’s synergy and open heart come through in epic hits that defined a generation— “I’m Your Captain (Closer to Home),” “We’re An American Band,” a recut of “The Loco-Motion,” and “Some Kind of Wonderful”. Tampa Bay rock favorite Stormbringer will 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. An email will be sent with details for the time of the meet & greet 1-2 days prior to show. If you haven't received an email by the day prior to show, please call the ticket office at 727-791-7400, as we can't be responsible for spam blockers or incorrect email addresses.

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 West CMR. 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.