Pure Prairie League plays the Blast Friday festival on Jan. 31.
Tampa Bay area venues, both large and small, will welcome a diverse selection of musical artists in the coming weeks.
The second annual Sunshine Music and Blues Festival is Sunday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m., at Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg.
This year the festival headliner will be the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The stellar lineup also will feature performances by JJ Grey, Galactic, Leon Russell, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Stanley Clarke, The Ringers featuring Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock and Etienne Mbappe, Bobby Lee Rogers and Oli Brown. The festival also will include craft beers and food.
Blast Friday, Clearwaters free, family-friendly street festival, will feature a performance by Pure Prairie League Friday, Jan. 31, in the Cleveland Street District. The street festival kicks off at 5:30 p.m.
Supported by the city of Clearwater, the Cleveland Street District and the Downtown Development Board and produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall On The Road, Blast Friday hosts 10 events per year bringing more than 40,000 people to downtown Clearwater.
A limited number of VIP tickets are available priced at $25. The VIP package includes a general admission ticket in the reserved seating section directly in front of the stage, one free beer and a free slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza from Tony's Pizzeria. VIP tickets are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall ticket office, 1111 McMullen Booth Road. Call 791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
When Pure Prairie League formed in the late 1960s, no one had put a label on the music they played. Although the band drew heavily from 1960s rock, the group added a heavy dose of country and high-flying harmony that gave it a unique sound soon to be known as country-rock. Pure Prairie League, along with groups like the Eagles, reached mainstream radio listeners by the mid-1970s, as singles like Amie climbed the Billboard charts. Pure Prairie League continued to record, tour, and place singles on the charts.