Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

Jay Cridlin

Pop Music/Culture 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.

Concerts this weekend: Jingle Ball, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, For King and Country

Photo by Jimmy Fontaine
Halestorm will headline 98 Rock’s Not-So-Silent Night at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Dec. 16, 2018.
If Jingle Ball headliners Shawn Mendes and Marshmello aren’t your thing, there’s also Underoath, Halestorm, Nate Najar, Bad Brains singer H.R. and more.

Tampa's Jingle Ball at 10: Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus top 10 memorable moments

Miley Cyrus performed at the 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball in 2013. (Luis Santana | Times)
As Saturday's 10th annual 93.3-FLZ Jingle Ball brings Shawn Mendes and more to Amalie Arena, let's flash back to some highlights from its first few years.

John Prine, Sarah McLachlan coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

John Prine will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 7, 2019. Photo: Danny Clinch
The beloved singer-songwriters have both booked local shows in 2019.

SoundBytes: Vince Staples, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dane Cook, Hozier, JoJo Siwa and more

For music planner on 1/12, handout photo of Tedeschi Trucks Band, headlining the Sunshine Music Festival on 1/14 in Vinoy Park. Credit; On Tour PR.
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

Slayer's farewell tour coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

Slayer's farewell tour will hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on May 10, 2019. Photo: Gene Ambo.
The thrash metal titans will be joined by Lamb of God, Amon Amarth and Cannibal Corpse.