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.

After 30 years backstage, new Ruth Eckerd Hall CEO Susan Crockett steps into the spotlight

Susan Crockett, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s new president and CEO, stands in the hall’s main auditorium on June 13, 2019. (DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times)
The soft-spoken leader’s “unprecedented” knowledge of the venue will shape her ambitious plans for its future.

New Found Glory to play free concert at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

New Found Glory will play a free concert at Jannus Live on July 15, 2019. Photo courtesy of David Bean via Big Picture Media.
Alt-rock station 97X is sponsoring the midsummer show.

SoundBytes: Illenium, Grandson, Rick Wakeman and more

Illenium will headline an after party in addition to performing at the 2019 Sunset Music Festival in Tampa. Photo: Alexandra Gavillet
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

Sublime With Rome to headline Summer of Rum Festival lineup in Tampa

Bartenders keep things stocked at the Summer of Rum Festival. Times (2014)
Inner Circle, the Expendables and a whole lot of rum drinks are also on the bill.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup: Chicago, Boyz II Men, Alison Krauss and more

Chicago will be one of the headliners of the 2019 Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Coachman Park. Photo courtesy of Peter C. Pardini.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Robert Randolph and the Family Band and more highlight the festival's 40th edition.