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.

30 years after Say Anything, John Cusack comes to Tampa ready to reflect on Lloyd

John Cusack will appear at a 30th anniversary screening of his film “Say Anything” at the Straz Center in Tampa on July 24. [Courtesy of Creative Artists Agency]
Before a Straz Center screening, the actor talks about how fans still relate hard to one of his most iconic roles.

What’s happening on Tampa Bay stages: ‘Fun Home,’ Natasha Leggero

From left: Mercy Roberts, Mollie Posnik and Adrianne Hick play different versions of Alison Bechdel in American Stage’s “Fun Home,” which runs through Aug. 18 in St. Petersburg. [Joey Clay Photography]
Local shows tackle political satire and the moon landing this week, too.

Before Fitz and the Tantrums hit Tampa, singer talks tireless touring and all-ages fans

Fitz and The Tantrums, featuring singers Noelle Scaggs, left, and Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, right, performed at the 2018 Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday Night concert at
Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa. (DIRK SHADD  |  Times)
Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick and his indie pop band play the Yuengling Center with Young the Giant on Thursday.

Tampa Bay’s top concert picks: Dave Matthews Band, Dierks Bentley, Anuel AA

In this 2017 photo, Dave Matthews performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He will bring his band to Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre next week. [Amy Harris/Invision/AP]
Also catch Fitz and the Tantrums and Young the Giant at the Yuengling Center, plus Howard Jones and Men Without Hats at Ferg’s.

SoundBytes: The Menzingers, Reverend Horton Heat, Cristela Alonzo, Trina and more

The Menzingers will perform at the Orpheum on Nov. 22. Photo courtesy of Epitaph Records.
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.