Main Street Blast to conclude with fireworks Saturday
NEW PORT RICHEY - Spectators had so much fun at last year's Friendly KIAFest Main Street Blast that organizers will expand the event to two days this weekend.A Friday evening concert will take place 5-11 p.m., in addition to the main festivities and fireworks 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. The family-friendly event typically draws more than 10,000 visitors to Sims Park and Orange Lake in downtown New Port Richey. People can get a head start on whooping it up for Independence Day.The classic rock concerts will feature as headliners the soul-R&B-funk band the Black Honkeys on Friday. Rock cover band Circle Sky is scheduled to open Friday. On Saturday, Head Games, a Foreigner tribute band, will anchor the lineup. The Saturday bill will begin at 1 p.m. with Cody's Damp Revival, followed by the Eric Anderson Band and the Velvet Jones Band. "This event has always featured classic rock music, and Foreigner was one of the best groups of the late 1970s and '80s," said Judy DeBella Thomas, executive director of Greater New Port Richey Main Street, which produces Main Street Blast. "And the Black Honkeys put on a fantastic show."The festival will have bounce houses in the children's area, an arts and crafts show, a classic car cruise-in presented by Smith Collision on Saturday, and boat tours along the Pithlachascotee River aboard the Miss Daisy. A Miss Firecracker reunion will take place as well.Plenty of food and cold beer are crowd pleasers.After dark, spectators should prepare to go "oooh" and "aaah" during the fireworks show, weather permitting.Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, but leave coolers at home. "John Gilliss of Friendly KIA has made this all possible with his vision for the event and his generosity," Thomas said.Among other sponsors are: True Oldies 106.3, Chick-fil-A, BlackJack Wraps, Smith Collision, the city of New Port Richey, Great Bay Distributors, Market on Main, Unique Awards and Engravings, and Main Street Salon.For information, go to http://nprmainstreet.com or call the office at (727) 842-8066.