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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

Email: cridlin@tampabay.com

Blog: Soundcheck

Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

  1. Wild Splash 2015: Schedule, set times, after parties and more


    Heading to Wild 94.1's sold-out Wild Splash festival on Saturday? Leave early. Traffic across the bridges into Clearwater is always a nightmare, so even though doors open at 1 p.m., you'll want to factor in an extra hour or so for your commute.

    If it helps you plan your day, Wild 94.1 has unveiled the tentative schedule and set times for this year's Wild Splash, and we're sharing it below. As always, set times are very, very subject to change, so plan accordingly:...

  2. Dave Chappelle coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    Sound the alarm! We have a Dave Chappelle sighting!

    The reclusive, enigmatic, undeniably brilliant comedian is returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 13. Tickets are $62.50, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.

    This show is scheduled for 7 p.m., but we'd bet dollars to doughnuts Chappelle will add a second, later show, as he did when he played the same venue in late 2013. Both of those shows sold out within minutes, and for good reason -- Chappelle is one of the biggest and most mysterious names in comedy, and he simply doesn't come to your town very often....

  3. Ginuwine's 'Pony': The freakiest, funniest, most fantastic slow jam of the last 20 years


    When R&B singer Ginuwine drops the iconic squelch of bass that kicks off his classic hit Pony on Friday at the USF Sun Dome, the place will jolt to life with thousands of gyrating bodies.

    Pony is the alpha and omega of over-the-top sex jams, a glistening slab of '90s R&B so completely ludicrous it's irresistible. From its bombastic belch of an opening note to lyrics so pointed they border on pornographic ("Send chills up and down your spine / juices flowing down your thigh"), Pony is musical shorthand for shameless, no-holds-barred freakiness. And because today's Internet culture worships at the altar of '90s nostalgia, Pony and Ginuwine have become go-to references for anyone in search of a sexually charged smile....

  4. Gasparilla Music Festival: The bands to watch, and the best spots to see them

    Music & Concerts

    On a clear afternoon in March, it's hard to picture a better setting for a music festival than Curtis Hixon Park. Museums to your right, the Beer Can to your left, the minarets and sunset straight ahead — no matter where you throw down your blanket, you'll find a postcard photo op waiting. • "They're all great spots," said David Cox, a board member of the Gasparilla Music Festival, which returns to Curtis Hixon Saturday and Sunday. "It's just about picking what you're into." • Cox isn't talking about music — although, for the fourth year in a row, GMF has once again curated a something-for-everyone slate of folk, funk, blues, bluegrass and indie rock. He's talking about the park itself. GMF veterans tend to meander through Curtis Hixon all night, checking out all four stages of music and sampling creative fare from nearly 20 local restaurants and vendors. But sometimes you just want to pick one spot and groove out. • That's where we come in. In advance of GMF '15, we picked five of our favorite nooks, crannies and areas to take in the ­festivities. — Jay Cridlin cridlin@tampabay.com...

    LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31:  Musician Paul Meany of Mutemath performs on the Dylan Stage during day 2 of the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
  5. Hot to trot: How Ginuwine's 'Pony' became a throbbing, thrilling, bump 'n' grind anthem

    Music & Concerts

    There are slow jams, there are slooow jams, and there are jams so slow that, much like the God Particle, their sexiness cannot be measured by conventional science.

    And then there is Pony, the 1996 single from singer Ginuwine and producer Timbaland that took the concept of the slow jam and exploded it all over your face, your prom dress and the back seat of your Volkswagen Jetta....

    Ginuwine’s iconic slow jam is a bit of an “ew” in polite company, but on the dance floor it’s still throbbing away.
  6. 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.”...

  7. 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....

  8. 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....

  9. 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.”...

  10. 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....

  11. 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....

  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.’”...

  15. 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.”...