Mike Mass album preview leads Tampa Bay’s live hip-hop weekend

Art & Soul's anniversary happens on Thursday.

click to enlarge Mike Mass, who plays Ella's Americana Folk Art Café in Tampa, Florida on April 19, 2019. - Photo by Michael Johnson
Photo by Michael Johnson
Mike Mass, who plays Ella's Americana Folk Art Café in Tampa, Florida on April 19, 2019.

Longtime fans of the Bay area hip-hop scene know the name Mike Mass. The MC (who celebrates his 30th birthday at the end of the month) has been recording boom-bap-driven rhymes since he was a teenager, but he’s evolved over the years and is finally releasing a debut full-length this year. He’ll be backed by a full band during a Friday night album preview performance at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Café where an up-and-coming CL favorite, Louis Junior, opens the show. More information is available on Facebook.

If you’re looking for hip-hop and soul on Thursday, then expect a crowd (all tables have sold out as of press time) and wear all black when you check out a three-year anniversary party for Left Lane Entertainment’s Art & Soul monthly basement party at Iberian Rooster. Per usual, the lineup includes up-and-coming talent like military vet turned outlandish MC Fre$h P, and we’re excited to hear what jazz singer Kristen Warren will bring to the festivities.


April 19, KRS-One w/DJ Heron/Lamebot/Beach Lion (Sarasota Sky, Sarasota)

April 20, Lil’ Debbie w/Dev/SIFU N MAC/Maniphest Destne/Face Melt/TBSFM/Drop-D (Ferg’s Sports Bar, St. Petersburg)

April 20, The Rhapsody Suite: The 90's Part III (4 Year Anniversary) (Sons of Italy Lodge, Tampa)

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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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