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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. 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....

  2. 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....

  3. 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.”...

  4. 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....

  5. 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....

  6. 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.
  7. With Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Strawberry Festival keeps lineup family-friendly

    Music & Concerts

    On a day off from touring at his home studio in Nashville, Hunter Hayes is breaking down his recent infatuation with bluegrass music, and how he's exploring new ways to fuse traditional instruments like the mandolin and upright bass with his own whip-smart licks on guitar.

    "It's a new thing, very exciting, because it's a fresh approach to a lot of different musical pieces," he says. "Where in the past, I would have grabbed an acoustic and done a line on an acoustic, I'm now doing a line on..."...

    Legend: March 7
  8. Hunter Hayes talks new music, 'Top Gear,' working with Ed Sheeran and more


    When you play 30 instruments — as singer-guitarist Hunter Hayes did on his self-titled debut — time can slip away from you in the studio.

    “Easily, 16-hour days are not a problem,” Hayes said by phone from his Nashville home studio. “You don’t even realize time is just flying by, and then right around midnight or 1 o’clock, you’re like, ‘You know what? I should probably turn in.’”...

  9. Scotty McCreery talks 'American Idol,' his role as a sex symbol, writing new music and more


    Ladies of Plant City, take note: The way to Scotty McCreery’s heart might be through his stomach.

    The last time the country baritone played the Florida Strawberry Festival, in 2013, the thing that stood out to him the most was the food.

    “The folks that work it, they really make you feel like you’re at home, like you’re family,” McCreery said by phone from his home in Raleigh, N.C. “There were some really sweet old ladies walking around offering me different strawberries — chocolate covered, white chocolate covered, everything you could imagine. Me and the band, we really dug in pretty good.”...

  10. Fresh from his Grammy triumph, Sam Smith coming to Tampa


    Get ready for the saddest summer ever!

    Fresh off practically sweeping this year's Grammy Awards, British singer-songwriter Sam Smith has announced an expansion of his forthcoming summer tour, and according to his website, it includes a stop at Tampa's Amalie Arena on July 21. According to the venue, tickets are $32.50-$96.25 and will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details....

  11. J. Cole, Big Sean, YG, more coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    With Lil Wayne's future up in the air, Kendrick Lamar's album release still a mystery and Drake releasing mixtapes at a moment's notice, this, so far, could be the hip hop tour of the summer.

    Rapper J. Cole will headline the Forest Hills Drive Tour, featuring a ton of young rap and R&B talent -- Big Sean, YG, Jeremih -- and it'll stop at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 16. Bas, Cozz and Omen are also on the bill. Tickets are $21-$63.75, and they go on sale Friday. Click here....

  12. Julio Iglesias cancels concerts next week at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre


    To all the girls Julio Iglesias has loved before: We've got some bad news.

    The Spanish love-song icon has bowed out of back-to-back concerts at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre on Feb. 25 and 26 due to illness, Ruth Eckerd Hall (which programs shows at the Cap) announced today. His symptoms, according to a statement from the venue: "flu and high fever. His doctor has ordered a full week of bed rest."...

  13. Big Guava Festival schedule released; single-day tickets go on sale Friday


    Set times for Tampa's 2015 Big Guava Music Festival won't be released for a while, but at least we now know who's playing on which day.

    The second-year festival (third, if you count 2013's Funshine Festival) on Wednesday unveiled the daily lineups for May 8 and 9 at the Florida State Fairgrounds, giving Tampa Bay music fans a preview of the inevitable schedule conflicts to come....

  14. Tim Burton's 'Miss Peregrine' begins filming in Tampa Bay next week


    Be on the lookout for a Gothic-looking auteur toting a camera around Tampa Bay.

    Starting next week, director Tim Burton and actor Eva Green will be in Tampa Bay for two weeks filming Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel by Ransom Riggs.

    In a first for local filmmaking, the shoot will take place on both sides of the bay with assistance from film commissions in both Hillsborough and Pinellas — "an exciting development for future projects," St. Pete/Clearwater Film Commissioner Tony Armer said in a statement. ...

    Director Tim Burton arrives at the premiere of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" in Los Angeles in 2007.  (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
  15. Kid Rock bringing $20 ticket deal to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    Got $20 burning a hole in your pocket? Congratulations! You can go see Kid Rock!

    The Detroit party-starter is bringing back his $20 Ticket Tour this summer, and it'll return to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 18. Foreigner will open the show. Almost all tickets are -- you guessed it -- $20, and they go on sale Feb. 24. Click here for details....