Tonight in live music; Rick Astley, David Ellefson, Swaghollywood and more

You're not getting Rick Rolled.


Rick Astley Not a Rick roll. Not a Rick roll. Not A Rick roll. Rick Astley, an ‘80s pop icon turned timeless Internet meme is on tour for the first time since 1989 and makes his Capitol Theatre debut in support of a new album — 50, released in June of last year — which is his first studio album in more than a decade and also the 50 year old’s first no. one album since his debut, Whenever You Need Somebody, reached the top of the charts in 1987. We don’t think Astley’s going to let anybody down at this one. (Capitol Theatre, Clearwater) INFO

David Ellefson Guitar Clinic File this one under WTF, for sure. It isn’t exactly a show, but metalheads will likely fall over at the chance to share the room with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson who’ll share stories and techniques with attendees. (Replay Guitar Exchange, Tampa) INFO

Swaghollywood w/Idontknowjeffery/Gat & Cris/more So what's it like when you break out of Sarasota and start making a big name for yourself in the new school of hip-hop? Head to Crowbar tonight and ask Swaghollywood for yourself. Li'Swag (aka Swag Isley) comes from the rap-singer sect that you either love or hate, and tonight he brings a new track ("Lil Moe") to Ybor City alongside another breaking artist, Idonttknowjeffery, who has roots in the Memphis horrorcore scene. Listen to the remix of "Lil Moe" (featuring Lil Yachty) below. (Crowbar, Ybor City) INFO


August Burns Red w/Protest the Hero/In Hearts Wake/’68 (State Theatre, St. Petersburg) INFO

Real Music Series: Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone (Busch Gardens, Tampa) INFO

Ben Buffington (Tapz & Tapaz, St. Petersburg) INFO

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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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