Lisa Lisa, Stevie B, Sugar Hill Gang and more coming to Tampa for ‘Freestyle Explosion’ this summer

J.J. Fad is also on the bill along with The Jets and Cover Girls.

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Dust of your velour plus the vintage Geoffrey Beene and James Galanos sitting in your closet because the Freestyle Explosion tour is coming back to Tampa this summer, with ‘80s hitmakers like Lisa Lisa and Stevie B. in tow.

Tickets to the Freestyle Explosion Throwback Jam at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Friday, Aug. 12 go on sale Friday, April 8 and start at $39.50.

Other Explosion staples on the bill include TKA K7 (“Maria,” " Louder Than Love”), Lil Suzy (“Take Me In Your Arms,” “Promise Me”) and Brenda K Starr (“I Still Believe”).

Also on the bill is The Cover Girls whose “Show Me” and “Because of You” were radio staples. Hip-hop fans will be happy to see “Rappers Delight” group Sugar Hill Gang on the bill along with California “Supersonic” rappers J.J. Fad.

Look below to see the full Freestyle Explosion lineup for Amalie Arena in Tampa on Aug. 12—then look below to see Josh Bradley's latest roundup of new concerts heading to Tampa Bay.
  • Brenda K Starr
  • Connie
  • The Cover Girls
  • J.J. Fad
  • The Jets
  • Lil Suzy
  • Lisa Lisa
  • Lisette Melendez
  • Noel
  • Stevie B
  • Sugar HIll Gang
  • TKA K7

New concerts coming to Tampa Bay
  • David Amram Friday, April 8. 8 p.m. $20-$50. Palladium at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg
  • Shy Carter w/Tiera Kennedy Friday, April 8. 7 p.m. Free general admission, $50-$80 VIP. OCC Road House and Museum, Clearwater
  • Clearwater Jazz Holiday Collective feat. La Lucha/James Suggs/Belinda Womack/Fred Johnson/Young Lions: The Next Generation Saturday, April 9. 6 p.m. $50 & up. Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo
  • Tyler Booth w/Crawford & Power Saturday, April 9. 7 p.m. Free general admission, $50-$80 VIP. OCC Road House and Museum, Clearwater
  • TeZaTalks (opening for MØ) Sunday, Apr. 10. 7 p.m. $24.50. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
  • Kateri and James Thursday, April 14. 6 p.m. Free. Hooch and Hive, Tampa
  • Evan French Friday, April 15. 6:30 p.m. Free. Studio Public House, St. Petersburg
  • ​​Shamarr Allen w/Synergy In A Cup Friday, April 15. 8 p.m. $12. Hooch and Hive, Tampa
  • Sweet Lizzy Project Friday, April 22. 8 p.m. $20-$30. The Attic at Rock Brothers, Tampa
  • Crystal Bowersox Saturday, April 23. 8 p.m. $35-$55. The Attic at Rock Brothers, Tampa
  • Ukulele Fest in the District feat. The Birdwatchers/Steve and Amanda Boisen Saturday, April 23. 6:30 p.m. Free. Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater
  • Tone Loc w/Tag Team Wednesday, April 27. 7:30 p.m. $24.50. Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo
  • Mike Mass (album release) w/DJ Casper/Peace Cult/T.R.U.E./Shyheim Nwadiei/Lilith/In'telleq Friday, April 29. 8 p.m. $12. Hooch and Hive, Tampa
  • Wavedash Friday, April 29. 10 p.m. $10 for guaranteed admission, or free w/RSVP before 11pm. The Ritz, Ybor City
  • Smokepurpp w/Richie Wess/Yung Dred Friday, May 6. 10 p.m. $15. The Ritz, Ybor City
  • The Offspring w/Radkey Friday, May 6. 8 p.m. $50 & up. Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa
  • Bad Luck/Dollar Signs/Taking Meds Monday, May 9. 7 p.m. $15. Crowbar, Ybor City
  • Claire Vandiver w/TBA Friday, May 13. 8 p.m. $10. Hooch and Hive, Tampa
  • Five For Fighting Friday, May 13. 8 p.m. $39.50-$59.50. Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, Clearwater
  • Sunset Music Festival feat. Skrillex/Gryffin/Duke Dumont/LP Giobbi/Dillon Francis/Malaa/Pauline Herr (DJ Set)/Chris Lorenzo/Dabin/Bonnie x Clyde/more Friday-Sunday, May 27-29. $199.95 & up. Raymond James Stadium Grounds, Tampa
  • Destroy Boys w/Scowl Saturday, June 11. 7 p.m. $16-$20. Orpheum, Ybor City
  • As I Lay Dying w/Whitechapel/Shadow Of Intent/Ov Sulfur Sunday, June 19. 6 p.m. $25.50. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
  • Collie Buddz w/Iya Terra/Sierra Lane/The Intracoastals Thursday, June 23. 6 p.m. $25. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
  • LeAnn Rimes Friday, June 24. 8 p.m. $53-$103. Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg
  • Squad House: The Ultimate Influencer Tour: King Moxu w/AjrBrown/Thatsjustunreal/Samantha Eve/Jaden Barba/Kee (Coley Fam)/Mako Girls/more Saturday, July 9. 7 p.m. $39-$99. The Ritz, Ybor City
  • Rob Zombie w/Mudvayne/Static-X/Powerman 5000 Tuesday, July 26. 6 p.m. $29.50 & up. MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
  • Why Don't We w/The Aces/Jvke Sunday, July 31. 7 p.m. $29.50 & up. Yuengling Center, Tampa
  • Buddy Guy & John Hiatt w/Sonny Landreth Friday, Aug. 5. 7:30 p.m. $53.25-$116.25. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
  • Dierks Bentley w/Ashley McBryde/Travis Denning/DJ Aydamn Saturday, Aug. 20. 7 p.m. $30.50 & up. MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
  • Heaven and Hell Tour: Perturbator w/Health/Secret Sects Tuesday, Aug. 30. 7 p.m. $25-$100. The Ritz, Ybor City
  • Streetlight Manifesto Friday, Sept. 2. 8:30 p.m. $26.50. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg
  • Collective Soul w/Switchfoot Wednesday, Sept. 14. 7:30 p.m. $40-$270. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
  • Pink Turns Blue Thursday, Sept. 22. 8 p.m. $20. Crowbar, Ybor City
  • Joe Satriani Saturday, Nov. 12. 8 p.m. $43.25-$103.25. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater

About The Authors

Josh Bradley

Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.

Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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