Skrt skrt with Tory Lanez at The Ritz Ybor on Thursday

Yung Groan and Top C $curvy are at the Mermaid though, too.


✔️ = Critic's Pick

✔️ Tory Lanez w/2 Pistols/Famous Kid Brick/Sutton For some reason Tory Lanez — who visited once in 2015 and twice the year after that — skipped Tampa Bay in 2017. Not so in 2018. The 25-year-old president of Swave Nation arrives in Ybor City on Thursday night and has upgraded from Orpheum to a larger room a few blocks away (The Ritz) so that a growing fanbase can sing along to the words from Lanez’s sophomore album, Memories Don’t Die (released in March). Lanez hasn’t quite lived up to some of a few tastemakers’ theories that he could be the next Drake, but the Ontario native hasn’t let that slow him down. Local notables joining Lanez on this tour stop are Tarpon Springs rapper 2 Pistols (“2P” for the politically correct crowd) and St. Pete’s Famous Kid Brick. (The Ritz, Ybor City) INFO

Yung Groan w/Top C $curvy Seminole Heights’ Mermaid Tavern has been keeping its live music calendar busy, but even the venue itself has jokingly questioned the musicality of this show. Yung Groan’s offering is a mix of freestyle rap, improv comedy and hip-hop, and promo materials say that his “ego is bigger than his drum machine and his voice is like a tannic wine.” An opening set from Top C $curvy is supposed to provide “damage control,” but we’re not sure what that means since Groan wears a goddamn pig mask and onesie onstage. (Mermaid Tavern, Tampa) INFO

See a listing of more shows — including recurring weekly events — via


RLC Presents: Israa Khan w/Marie Spear/Kid Loki (The Bunker, Ybor City) INFO

Prospect (Orpheum, Ybor City) INFO

Hector Mayoral (c. 1949 Florida Beer Garden, Tampa) INFO

"Living Room Live" Open Mic hosted by Rebekah Pulley (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg) INFO

Peter Guianna (Living Room on Main, Dunedin) INFO

VJ Jason Barco w/Vintage Youth (Orbit 19, Holiday) INFO

Sway-Jah-Vu w/Lean n Dro/Odysee/Zhalo (Fubar, St. Petersburg) INFO

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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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