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.

Concert picks: Sarah McLachlan, TobyMac, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and more

Matt and Kim will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Feb. 23. Photo by Caleb Kuhl
Plus: Cypress Hill, Car Seat Headrest, Matt and Kim and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly turn up all across Tampa Bay.

'Hangover' star Ken Jeong coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Ken Jeong will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on April 20. Photo: Netflix
He's bringing the live energy of his new Netflix special on the road.

Review: Fleetwood Mac, remade and re-energized, salutes Tom Petty at Tampa's Amalie Arena

Fleetwood Mac, featuring, from left, bassist John McVie, singer Stevie Nicks, drummer Mick Fleetwood and singer-guitarist Neil Finn performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Feb. 18, 2019. (Jay Cridlin | Times)
It was a homecoming of sorts for Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, who along with Neil Finn replaced Lindsey Buckingham in the band.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler cancels Strawberry Festival concert

Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Palladium, in Los Angeles in 2014. [Associated Press]
The singer and his Loving Mary Band pull out just weeks before the festival.

SoundBytes: Blueface, Lecrae, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lovelytheband and more

A screenshot from Blueface's 'Thotiana - The Remix' video. Via YouTube.
Catch up on all of today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.