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Friday
Mar 29 5:30 PM

Blast Friday: The Rippingtons

Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group The Rippingtons return to Clearwater for their Blast Friday debut! Founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman in 1985, the group has passed the thirty year mark, and continues to innovate. Under Freeman's production, the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained top 5 Billboard status, with 5 of them reaching #1. Jazziz magazine called their debut album, Moonlighting, "the number one most influential contemporary jazz album of all time."

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.