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DJ Ekin is the Tampa Bay Bucs’ official DJ, and he wants to help kids understand the entertainment business

His Hip-Hop Study Hall is part of Ekin's iCare About Me.

By Aaliyah Selene Pasols

“I just want to do shit that matters,” DJ Ekin tells Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. The 43-year-old Tampa-based DJ has made a name for himself in the entertainment space, appearing on-screen and on-air across numerous radio stations, at plenty of clubs, and even inside of a massive treasure chest—his personal DJ booth at Raymond James Stadium where he emcees Tampa Bay’s biggest football party...

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Photos: Leon Bridges and the The Royal Philharmonic in Orlando

Despite visiting Tampa Bay on his last two tours, Texas soul songwriter Leon Bridges took a pass this time and instead brought…

By Phil DeSimone

Photos: Leon Bridges and the The Royal Philharmonic in Orlando
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22 Tampa Bay rappers to watch in 2022

[image-23] When the rest of the nation thinks of Florida rappers they may first point to the scene down south in counties…

By Aaliyah Selene Pasols

22 Tampa Bay rappers to watch in 2022
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Photos: Friends and family remember Vince McGilvra, co-founder of legendary Tampa venue Skipper’s Smokehouse

[image-45] Air Force pals Vince McGilvra and Tom White were looking for a way out of Alaska when they co-founded Skipper’s Smokehouse…

By Ray Roa

Photos: Friends and family remember Vince McGilvra, co-founder of legendary Tampa venue Skipper’s Smokehouse
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Photos: Laura Jane Grace’s sold-out Tampa concerts felt like a family reunion

[image-40]“Don’t fuckin’ make me cry,” were Laura Jane Grace’s first words to an applauding Ybor City audience gathered to see her first…

By Ray Roa

Laura Jane Grace plays The Bricks in Ybor City, Florida on Dec. 11, 2021.
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