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Jay Cridlin, tbt* Staff Writer

Jay Cridlin

Jay Cridlin is the entertainment and features editor for tbt*, and the editor of Soundcheck, a blog about music and concerts in Tampa Bay. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2002 and has been with the Times ever since.

Phone: (727) 893-8336


Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

  1. 98 Rockfest lineup: Disturbed, Shinedown, Ghost, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    We're some five months away from 98 Rockfest, but on Tuesday morning we got our first look at the lineup -- and if you like hard rock, it's a doozy.

    Chart-topping metal group Disturbed, hugely popular rockers Shinedown and Chevelle and elaborately theatrical Swedish metal sextet Ghost top the lineup for 98 Rockfest 2016, coming to Tampa's Amalie Arena on April 29. They'll be choined by Sick Puppies, Pop Evil and a few more acts yet to be determined....

  2. U.S. 103.5 Throwdown By the Bay: Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, more coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Last year's inaugural U.S. 103.5 Throwdown By the Bay was a welcome, country-centric addition to the crowded year-end radio festival market.

    The second Throwdown won't take place until after this year's holidays. But it might be your early frontrunner for best country concert of 2016....

  3. See this year's top songs live and in person

    Music & Concerts

    It's almost the end of the year, which means it's almost time for some year-end best-of lists. But what fun is looking back if you can't also look ahead? Over the next three weeks, you can hear at least 10 of 2015's defining hit songs live and in person. All you have to do is know where to look.

    Here, let us lead the way.

    97X Next Big Thing Dec. 4, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa...

    Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten performs in concert during “The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour 2015” at The Sands Event Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Bethlehem, Pa. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) PAOS104
  4. Bryan Adams coming to Coachman Park in Clearwater


    This could be fun: A concert that'll bring live music to one of Tampa Bay's most scenic parks, at a time of year when it's usually pretty silent.

    Ruth Eckerd Hall and the city of Clearwater are partnering to bring Canadian rock hero Bryan Adams to Coachman Park on Feb. 19, the venue announced Monday. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $60-$100 for VIP and reserved seating, and they go on sale Saturday. Click here and here for details....

  5. 97X Next Big Thing: Schedule, set times and more for Saturday's concert


    97X Next Big Thing's glorious return to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre seems to be working out just fine. The 2015 edition of the alt-rock festival, which takes place Saturday, sold out last week, which means the only way to get in at this point is to win tickets through the station.

    Today, we have the schedule and set times for the 97X Next Big Thing lineup, so if you're looking to find out when to see Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon (above), PVRIS or anyone else, we've got you covered....

  6. Dollywood a big part of Dolly Parton's legacy



    Hot pink shag carpets the living room of Suite 627. Golden tiles glitter in the shower. Jewellike sequins, silver and pearlescent lily, wink your way from the wallpaper.

    The opulence of 627 is a far cry from the otherwise understated decor in every other room in the resort, which feels like a Restoration Hardware catalog come to life. But it makes total sense when you read the plate on the door: ...

  7. Taylor Swift: Country? Pop? Hipster? Something else? We explore.

    Music & Concerts

    It couldn't be more fitting that Taylor Swift is bringing her epic, electric 1989 World Tour to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on Halloween night. All summer long, Swift has played dress-up with her celebrity friends, trying on dozens of musical "costumes" as she's stomped across America like an Amazonian Annie. At more than half of her 60-plus North American tour stops, Swift has trotted out celebrity guests to sing hits of their own, while Swift sings along and fangirls out just like her audience. All eyes are now on Tampa, Swift's final North American stop in support of her gigantic hit album 1989, to see who she'll bring out and what she'll be wearing. To prepare you, let's look back at the many versions of Swift we've seen on this epic pop extravaganza — and try to figure out where she'll go next. — Jay Cridlin, Times Pop Music/Culture Critic...

  8. Music Planner: Chvrches gets into Halloween spirit; Chris Cornell, Mark Knopfler prove hot tickets

    Music & Concerts


    Lauren Mayberry isn't sure if she'll be in costume when her band Chvrches hits the stage at Jannus Live. She first has to convince her bandmates to do the same.

    "Negotiations are ongoing," Mayberry said cryptically during a recent phone interview.

    Either way, it'll be a fun night. Around the same time Taylor Swift is welcoming Tampa to New York, Mayberry and Chvrches (pronounced "churches") will bring their own dazzling road show to St. Pete in support of their glossy new album Every Other Eye. ...

  9. Parmalee's Barry Knox talks strawberry shortcake, festival hang sessions, the greatness of Bob Seger and more


    This’ll be Parmalee’s first trip to the Florida Strawberry Festival. But don’t think for a second Barry Knox doesn’t know his way around a berry patch.

    “My grandmother used to grow strawberries,” said the bassist for the North Carolina band. “We actually had a U-pick garden right outside of Parmale, N.C. My grandmother would take me there to pick strawberries all the time. So I’m a fan.”...

  10. Kelly Clarkson coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    It's hard to miss Kelly Clarkson these days. The inaugural American Idol champ has been relentless in making the publicity rounds in the build-up to the release of her new album Piece by Piece. Heck, she was just in Orlando on Feb. 21, performing as part of Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras concert series.

    Soon enough, she'll even be right here in our own backyard.

    Clarkson on Tuesday announced plans for a tour that will stop at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sept. 15, according to Live Nation. Tickets to the show are $20-$99.50, and they go on sale March 14. This will be her first Tampa Bay tour stop since she performed at the same venue alongside Maroon 5 in 2013....

  11. My Morning Jacket coming to Hard Rock Live in Orlando


    The venue may not be as intimate (or as close to home) as the New World Brewery patio, but My Morning Jacket are finally coming back to Florida.

    The Kentucky rockers on Tuesday announced a May 4 release date for The Waterfall, their first new album in four years. And amid all their high-profile festival appearances (Bonnaroo, Governor's Ball, etc.) this summer, they've carved out time for a headlining tour....

  12. Trampled By Turtles' Ryan Young talks hip hop, bluegrass, Prince, Bob Dylan and more


    When Trampled By Turtles takes the stage at this weekend’s Gasparilla Music Festival, you’ll see guy with a fiddle, a guy with a banjo, a guy with a mandolin, a guy with an acoustic guitar and a guy with an acoustic bass.

    Sounds a lot like a bluegrass band. But they’re not.

    “We didn’t start playing in order to be a bluegrass band,” said the guy with the fiddle, Ryan Young. “This thing was just a chance for us to play our acoustic instruments, and it turns out it’s almost the exact instrumentation of a bluegrass band. But that wasn’t the original intent.”...

  13. Lil Wayne (maybe) coming to Club Skye in Tampa


    Clubland drop-ins by big-name rappers are always kind of a crapshoot. Actually, now that we think about it, anything involving Lil Wayne is always kind of a crapshoot.

    That said: His Weeziness appears to be booked for a live appearance at Club Skye in Ybor City on March 19. If you believe the hype (and trust in the power of refunds), tickets are $40 (early bird), $50 (GA), $75 (VIP) and $100 ("all access, exclusvie, up close and personal") via Eventbrite. Click here for details....

  14. Aloe Blacc, Austin Mahone, Daughtry, more added to Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival lineup


    A week from the kickoff of Busch Gardens' inaugural Food & Wine Festival, the theme park has unveiled the fest's full concert lineup -- and it's stacked with big names from the pop world.

    Aloe Blacc (above), Daughtry, Daddy Yankee, Austin Mahone, Echosmith, Josh Turner, Collective Soul and KC and the Sunshine Band have been added to the Food & Wine Festival, running Saturdays and Sundays through the end of April. They join previously announced acts like Kenny Rogers, Pentatonix, Steven Curtis Chapman and Kool and the Gang....

  15. Review: Maroon 5, Adam Levine bring over-the-top energy, sold-out crowd to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    How long until Maroon 5 headlines halftime of the Super Bowl?

    It might happen sooner than we all think. The way the L.A. pop-rockers strutted out guns a-blazing at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on Wednesday – with a breathless, frenetic 25-minute cavalcade of hits that barely gave the extremely sold-out crowd a second to take it all in – it practically felt like an audition for Roger Goodell. Was he secretly in the building?...

    Maroon 5 performed in Tampa on Feb. 25, 2015.