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Edgar Winter to play free concert Friday night in downtown Clearwater

CLEARWATER — For anyone who hasn't seen the Edgar Winter Band live, today is their lucky day. The band will perform as part of Casanova's Blast Friday, the street festival that has turned Cleveland Street into concert central. And yes, the concert is free.

That's right. Festivalgoers will see and hear the Edgar Winter Band for free.

Come early. Eat a hot dog. Enjoy an Italian ice. Munch some kettle corn. Bring the family. Vendors will have all kinds of eats and drinks — beer, wine and nonalcoholic. Plus, downtown restaurants will be open with outdoor dining available on Cleveland Street. Enjoy the festive, family-friendly atmosphere.

The Rays Street Team will offer games and activities for the kids — and free Rays gear. There will be kid-friendly Gyroscope rides, and street performers creating balloon animals and performing magic tricks.

Music on stage begins with the Pilot Brothers, who play a set from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and another from 7:30 to 8. Then get ready for the Edgar Winter Band taking the stage at 8:30.

Winter, who many remember from his 1970 debut release Entrance, was a child prodigy who began crossing genres early in life. He has found an audience in music, film and television, and his music encompasses rock, jazz, blues and pop.

Maybe his albums White Trash and Roadwork hold a place in your heart and music collection. But even music lovers whose date of birth was decades after the '70s ended have heard Winter's music on the radio. Maybe on television or in a movie.

When Edgar Winter brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff and formed the Edgar Winter Group, they made magic. What rock 'n' roll fan has not heard Frankenstein or Free Ride? The album They Only Come Out at Night peaked at No. 3 in 1973 on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for 80 weeks.

Throughout the evening, Ruth Eckerd Hall will hold ticket giveaways to give festivalgoers a chance to take home tickets to upcoming Ruth Eckerd concerts and programs.

Correspondent Theodora Aggeles can be reached at cotheo@tampabay.rr.com.

IF YOU GO

Edgar Winter Band

What: A free concert and street party called Casanova's Blast Friday

When: 5:30 to 10 tonight. Live music begins at 6:30 p.m. The Edgar Winter Band takes the stage at 8:30, and outside entertainment ends at 10.

Where: In front of the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., downtown Clearwater

Cost: Free admission to the concert and street festival

Info: atthecap.com or (727) 791-7400

Edgar Winter to play free concert Friday night in downtown Clearwater 05/24/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:50pm]
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