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Blast Friday brings party to Clearwater
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CLEARWATER - Bright House Networks presents Clearwater’s Blast Friday March 29 downtown in the Cleveland Street District with a performance by Pure Prairie League on the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage directly in front of the Capitol Theatre. 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 p.m. with entertainment outside until 10 p.m.

Pure Prairie League’s rich history goes back to 1969 in the Southern Ohio area where a group of young musicians initially played cover tunes at local bars. Original members Craig Fuller, George Powell, Tom McGail and Mike Reilly hit the road in 1972 to promote their second album, Bustin' Out (RCA Records). In February 1973, Fuller received Uncle Sam's summons to go to Vietnam Nam. He applied for conscientious objector status and ended up doing alternative service in a hospital in Covington, Ky. The band was dropped from RCA soon after.

Incredibly, college stations continued to play cuts from Bustin' Out until RCA was forced to seek out the group's whereabouts. Re-signed in 1975, the band recorded Two Lane Highway. While they were in the studio, RCA released Amie from Bustin' Out as a single. It has endured as a classic, being played constantly still today.

While going through many personnel changes, the band signed with Casablanca Records. Although it may seem an odd pairing, the group enjoyed its biggest success with the first single Let Me Love You Tonight (from Firin’ Up), reaching No. 7 on the Pop Charts and No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary Charts.

Now, reunited to treat us to music that sounds as good today as it did when they first performed, PPL is touring and enjoying every minute of it, playing true to its original form. As they write for a new project, they've returned to their roots and it's no surprise that after all these years, they are proving good music is good music no matter when it's made or played, and you can go home again.

A limited number of VIP tickets are available in the Budweiser Platinum VIP section priced at $25. The Budweiser Platinum VIP package includes a general admission ticket in the reserved seating section directly in front of the stage, two free Bud Light Platinum beers and a free slice of pepperoni or cheese pizza from Tony's Pizzeria.

VIP tickets will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 or online at www.a­tthec­­m.
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