Jay Cridlin, Entertainment Critic

Jay Cridlin

Entertainment Critic

I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University, and am now the tall guy who stands in front of you taking photos at concerts. IT'S FOR WORK, I SWEAR. I write mostly about music, but also some things that are not music -- the whole pop-cultural gamut, really. My favorite song is the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," but then I like a little bit of everything, which means I probably like your favorite song, too. More than anything, I like documenting how music and entertainment intersect with our daily lives in Tampa Bay. If you see me at a show sometime, come say hi. And again, sorry for blocking your view.

Review: Cat Power’s depth, dreamy catalog captivates the Ritz Ybor in Tampa

Cat Power, shown in a handout photo, performed at the Ritz Ybor on Sept. 13, 2019. Julien Bourgeois
The soulful indie singer said little, but her music said a lot.

Bad Religion’s Greg Graffin talks about influencing a generation of punks

Singer Greg Graffin, third from right, and Bad Religion will play Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Sept. 18. Alice Baxley
The brainy punk legend brings his SoCal stalwarts back to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg.

Florida Orchestra names St. Petersburg painter first-ever ‘visual artist-in-residence’

Artist Geff Strik poses in front of his 5- by 12-foot piece inspired by Arnold Schoenberg's
The orchestra’s new partnership with Geff Strik launches in October with ‘Don Quixote.’

SoundBytes: Green Day, A Day to Remember, Electric Wizard, Louis C.K. and more

Green Day performs at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa in 2017. Luis Santana  |  Tampa Bay Times
Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.

99.5 QYK Guitar Pull lineup: Carly Pearce, Morgan Wallen, more coming to St. Petersburg

Carly Pearce will perform at the 99.5 QYK Guitar Pull on Nov. 17 at St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater. Harper Smith  |  Big Machine Label Group
Chase Rice, Jordan Davis and Hardy round out the bill.