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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. Chris Hardwick coming to the Straz Center in Tampa


    That Chris Hardwick -- he's a tricky one.

    The comic, podcaster and Talking Dead and @Midnight host recently announced plans to bring his "Funcomfortable Tour" to Tampa on Aug. 8, and the venue was reportedly to be the Tampa Theatre. But on Monday, we were told by a venue spokeswoman that the show was no longer happening -- the tour had been re-routed, Hardwick was "not coming through Tampa anymore."...

  2. No Rolling Stones, but Tampa books an even bigger prize: Garth Brooks

    Music & Concerts

    In the end, the dice didn't tumble Tampa's way for a concert by the Rolling Stones. But how's this for a make-up prize: two shows by Garth Brooks instead.

    The country music icon on Tuesday announced back-to-back concerts at Amalie Arena on June 5 and 6, part of Brooks' ongoing comeback tour that began last September and has been setting records across America ever since.

    "It's going to be an event," said Elmer Straub, the arena's vice president of event booking, who's been working for more than a year to snag Brooks. "This is the first time he's played here in over 16 years, and it's the only show in Florida. There's no Orlando play; there's no South Florida play. So we should be drawing from the whole state, which is pretty incredible."...

    Garth Brooks played six shows at the Veteran's Memorial Arena in Jacksonville last October. He's booked two shows at Tampa's Amalie Arena but could easily add more. (St. Augustine Record)
  3. Sunset Music Festival lineup: Skrillex, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren and more


    If you missed the 2015 Ultra Music Festival this past weekend in Miami, you’ve got two months to prepare for the next best thing in Tampa.

    The 2015 Sunset Music Festival lineup was unveiled Tuesday, and it once again features a who’s who of electronic dance music, with headliners including Grammy-winning dubstep king Skrillex and globe-trotting Dutch DJs Tiesto and Armin Van Buuren, who have been voted the world’s No. 1 DJ by DJ Magazine a combined eight times since 2002....

  4. Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson coming to MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    Looks like Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan are officially back to being buddy-buddy.

    The alt-grunge stars, who according to lore have beefed on and off since the '90s, are going on a summer tour together, and it'll hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on July 24. Tickets to "The End Times Tour" are $29.50-$69.50, and they'll go on sale April 11. Click here for details....

  5. Ed Sheeran coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Amalie Arena's gigantic week just keeps getting bigger.

    One day after announcing a concert by Ariana Grande, and hours after unveiling two more by Garth Brooks, the arena has announced British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform there on Sept. 10, part of his biggest North American headlining tour to date -- and his first-ever headlining show in Tampa Bay....

  6. Rolling Stones coming to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando


    Sorry, Tampa, but you can't always get what you want. Or what you need.

    As expected, the Rolling Stones on Tuesday announced plans for a 15-city North American tour, including one show at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on June 12. The news rolled out gradually on venue websites across the country; Orlando's date was confirmed by Mayor Buddy Dyer on Twitter....

  7. Garth Brooks coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    For the first time in 17 years, Garth Brooks is coming to Tampa.

    The country music icon has announced back-to-back concerts at Amalie Arena on June 5 and 6, part of an ongoing comeback tour that began in September and has been setting records around the country ever since.

    Though two shows are on the books now, Brooks frequently adds dates in cities whenever it looks like his initial shows are going to sell out. In October, he played a whopping six shows at Jacksonville's Veterans Memorial Arena. In November, he played a stunning 11 shows at Minneapolis' Target Center, selling more than 205,000 tickets in all. So don't be surprised if, over the next few weeks, the first week at Amalie starts filling up with Garth....

  8. Boy George, Culture Club tour coming to renovated Madeira Beach park


    Last week, word broke that Boy George and Culture Club were reuniting for their first tour in some 15 years, and it included three stops in Florida, starting with Aug. 14 at Bayfront Park in Miami and ending Aug. 16 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando. In between was an Aug. 15 concert at Madeira Beach Waterfront Park in Tampa....

  9. Ariana Grande coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    Ariana Grande's fans in Tampa have one less Problem in their lives this morning, because their ponytailed, kitty-eared princess is coming to town.

    One of 2014's breakout pop divas, Grande has announced plans for a second run of dates for her blockbuster Honeymoon Tour, and they'll kick off with a July 16 date at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Latin star Prince Royce will open the show. Tickets are $26,.25-$66.25 and they go on sale Saturday. Click here for details....

  10. Review: Sarah McLachlan's eternally ethereal voice warms Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    Sarah McLachlan's Sunday was probably a lot like yours: Breakfast at Clearwater's Tin Can Cafe ("I think I'm still full. Huge plates."), then a quick walk to Marshalls to buy a new suitcase.

    Then, Sunday night, she took the stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall and started to sing. And that’s when she left the plane of mere mortals.

    McLachlan’s heavenly, perfectly preserved voice, that ethereal mezzo-soprano, drifting along like a wisp of silk in the breeze, hasn’t aged a second since the first Lilith Fair, and every facet of her dazzling instrument was on full display at her first local show in a decade....

    Sarah McLachlan performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on March 29, 2015.
  11. Review: Eric Church, rebellious as ever, rocks through the night at Amalie Arena in Tampa


    It took six songs for an honest-to-goodness smile to form beneath Eric Church’s silvery aviators on Saturday at Amalie Arena. No surprise it came while he was singing about Merle Haggard.

    Church introduced Pledge Allegiance to the Hag with a tip of the cap to Tampa’s Dallas Bull, a club he played more than once back in the day. “Some of the best times of my life,” he said, adding, “we played this song the first time we played the Bull in 2006 or 2007.”...

    The Cadillac Three opened for Eric Church at Amalie Arena in Tampa on March 28, 2015.
  12. Review: Clean Bandit mix musicianship, disco energy at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg


    Can a band coming off a Grammy win for a gigantic pop hit truly be facing an uphill climb?

    Well, look at Clean Bandit. Six weeks after Rather Be won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, here they are schlepping their cellos and synthesizers around the United States, trying to sell their sleek, seductive spin on deep house and U.K. garage to the American masses -- all without the help of Rather Be’s ascendant vocalist Jess Glynne....

    Clean Bandit performed at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on March 26, 2015.
  13. USF Bullstock lineup: Young the Giant, American Authors, Andy Grammer to headline free concert


    Young the Giant had to squash their last trip to Tampa Bay when February's Coastline Festival in St. Petersburg was canceled.

    But they're coming back for Bullstock.

    The University of South Florida's annual spring Bullstock concert released its lineup on Wednesday, and the California rockers behind It's About Time, My Body and Cough Syrup are its headliners. Joining them are Best Day Of My Life hitmakers American Authors and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer.The event will also feature local bands, a rock wall, bumper cars, inflatables, food trucks and more....

  14. A year after leaving 'Tonight Show,' Jay Leno brings finely tuned comedy to Tampa


    It was, Jay Leno insists, a weekend of gigs like any other.

    When he left the Tonight Show on Feb. 6, 2014, and hopped on a plane for a string of shows in Florida — including a handful in Clearwater and Sarasota — "it felt just like any other weekend. I finished the Tonight Show on Thursday, and Friday, I was in Florida.

    "The difference is, I didn't have to run back to my room and write 14 minutes' worth of jokes every single day. Because no matter what happens, you still have to write jokes."...

    Luis Santana/tbt*
  15. Sarah McLachlan hits Ruth Eckerd Hall with thoughts on motherhood, Lilith Fair and more

    Music & Concerts

    Even a singer with the voice of an angel — the voice, in fact, behind Angel — can get a little cranky when it comes to The Kids These Days.

    "I live across the street from a high school, and it drives me crazy," says singer Sarah McLachlan, calling from her home in Vancouver. "These kids all have their hoodies on, with their iPod on, and they just walk right out in the street. I don't know how many times I almost hit a kid. I honk at them and I roll down the window, and I go, 'Hey, you have to look where you're going!' You know what they do? They flip me the finger: 'F--- you!' "...

    Sarah McLachlan will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday.