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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. Zac Brown Band coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    They're playing The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday. Their new album Jeykll + Hyde comes out on Tuesday. And this November, the Zac Brown Band is coming back to Tampa.

    The Georgia country-rockers have announced a return engagement at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Nov. 13. Ticket prices haven't been announced, but according to the band's website, they'll go on sale to the public May 15. Click here for details....

  2. Photos: 98 Rockfest brings The Pretty Reckless, Young Guns, Sleepwave, more to Amalie Arena in Tampa


    The big guns came out to play Friday night at 98 Rockfest, as Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against and more hit the stage at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

    But early in the day, downtown Tampa was just as hopping. As Bryan Cranston filmed scenes for The Infiltrator a few blocks north, 98 Rockfest kicked off with a pre-show on the Amalie Arena's outdoor plaza featuring Young Guns, Beartooth and St. Petersburg's own Sleepwave, led by former Underoath singer Spencer Chamberlain....

    Beartooth performed outside Amalie Arena as part of 98 Rockfest on April 24, 2015.
  3. Review: Bob Dylan swings through timeless, intimate set at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater


    It is tempting to think of Bob Dylan as a priceless American artifact, an antiquity to be preserved behind crystal-clear, smudge-proof glass. Look, there he is, the voice of a generation, the man who wrote Blowin’ In the Wind! Stand behind the rope! No flash photography allowed!

    But the thing about priceless antiquities is that no one ever takes them out of the cupboard to play. And Dylan, who brought his Never Ending Tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall Wednesday night, still wants to play. Just watch him up there, tilting his mic stand, shuffling his feet, sneaking little grins, striking funny poses and finger-gunning his bandmates. Pew pew! ...

    Bob Dylan, shown here in a file photo, performed at Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 22, 2015.
  4. After 50 years, St. Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater is getting some respect



    Word reaches Todd Beatty in his usual spot, the patio by the load-in dock where he takes drags on unfiltered 305's amid a crew of union stagehands: The temperature in the center of the Mahaffey Theater is 73 degrees. "For the theater, that's warm," he says. "We try to keep it around 70 for shows. Three degrees can make a difference." Beatty, the theater's operations manager, ducks into his office, a tight, windowless room cluttered with concert photos and paraphernalia, nests of wires and walkie-talkies, stacks of artist contracts and cans of WD-40. On his desk is a yellowed chunk of the old Bayfront Center Arena, which towered next door until 2004. ...

    Patrons enjoy the music of the Brian Sutherland Band during the Second Thursday celebration this month on the plaza between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dal? Museum. Once a month, the Mahaffey brings in a local band.
  5. Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor lineup: Desaparecidos, Teenage Bottlerocket and more


    The local precursor to Gainesville's Fest, Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor, keeps getting bigger. Its third annual lineup was announced Monday, and it's got plenty of surprising names -- including two of Fest's main headliners.

    Desaparacidos -- Conor Oberst's thrashy emo precursor to Bright Eyes -- is among nearly 80 punkish acts slated to perform at this year's Pre-Fest, Oct. 28-29 at venues around Ybor City. Also on the bill: California veterans Lagwagon, Richmond, Va. troubadour Tim Barry, Wyoming's Teenage Bottlerocket, Pennsylvania's the Menzingers, Michigan ska band Mustard Plug and Philadelphia emo outfit Modern Baseball....

  6. SoundBytes: Pitbull, Colbie Caillat, Umphrey's McGee, Brandon Flowers and more


    -- In case you missed it: John Travolta was in Clearwater over the weekend for a screening of his new movie The Forger at the Capitol Theatre. Click here for Steve Persall's report.

    -- Universal Orlando has announced a blockbuster 25th Anniversary Concert Series running in May and June, with all concerts free with admission: Prince Royce (May 23), Shawn Mendes (May 24), Pitbull (May 30), Kellie Pickler (June 6), Huey Lewis and the News (June 13) and the Goo Goo Dolls (June 20). Click here for details....

    John Travolta greets fans outside the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater.
  7. Kacey Musgraves added to Rays Summer Concert Series


    The Tampa Bay Rays on Friday announced their 2015 Summer Concert Series, with artists ranging from the Jacksons to Steve Aoki to Kidz Bop slated to perform free postgame concerts throughout the season.

    Now they've added arguably their most acclaimed act yet: Throwback country singer Kacey Musgraves....

  8. 97X Barbecue lineup: Panic! At The Disco, more coming to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg


    If you left work early on Friday and haven't listened to the radio since, you might have missed the initial lineup announcement for the 2015 97X Barbecue (formerly the 97X BBQ, formerly the 97X Backyard BBQ, formerly not a thing).

    Panic! At The Disco lead the first bands announced for the festival, May 23 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Joining them are Night Riots, Vinyl Theatre and In the Valley Below....

    Panic! At The Disco
  9. Tig Notaro coming to the Palladium in St. Petersburg


    The last time Tig Notaro came to Tampa Bay, she was a beloved but cult comic who had yet to pop on the mainstream radar -- which is why her show took place in the incredibly cool, incredibly cozy New World Brewery.

    Now, though, Notaro is one of the most acclaimed alternative comics alive, a favorite of everyone from Louis C.K. to Sarah Silverman and a Grammy nominee for her revolutionary 2013 special LIVE. Now she's on her way back to Tampa Bay, and the venue is still super-cool and small ... but, understandably, not as small as before....

  10. Sublime With Rome, Rebelution, Pepper, more coming to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre


    We knew it was only a matter of time before the bands behind America's modern reggae-rock started teaming up for major package tours. It's already happening this July in St. Pete with a Vinoy Park show by Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads. And now it's happening in Tampa....

  11. Incubus, Deftones coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa


    It's been a huge week for late-'90s alt-rock revivalists. First Sublime With Rome announces a concert at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre; now Incubus and Deftones are doing the same.

    The two bands -- among the most melodic, thoughtful and popular of the Nu Metal explosion -- will bring their co-headlining summer tour to Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Aug. 13. Joining them will be Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. Tickets are $18-$92.50, and they go on sale April 24. Click here for details....

  12. Review / photos: The Who launch farewell tour with smashing show at Tampa's Amalie Arena


    If this really is their last, long lap around these United States, at least The Who aren’t f-f-fading away.

    At Wednesday’s North American kickoff to their The Who Hits 50! Tour, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend wailed and windmilled through a lifetime of rock 'n' roll in two frenzied hours before a crowd of 11,894 at Tampa’s Amalie Arena. Their days of smashing guitars and exploding drums may be long gone, but the show they’ll ride into retirement is still a wildly kicking good time....

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts opened for The Who at Tampa's Amalie Arena on April 15, 2015.
  13. Record Store Day 2015: Daddy Kool goes from seller to producer

    Music & Concerts

    On a day earmarked for celebrating record stores worldwide, Daddy Kool Records is taking the concept of DIY to a whole new level.

    The St. Petersburg store has partnered with bluesy Indiana roustabouts the Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band to release an official 7-inch single exclusively for Record Store Day 2015. Five hundred copies will be distributed nationwide, including 15 — all autographed — at Daddy Kool....

    Josh “The Reverend” Peyton autographs his 7-inch release of two blues standards recently at Daddy Kool Records in St. Petersburg. The store will have 15 autographed copies to sell on Record Store Day.
  14. tbt* 2015 Ultimate Music Guide Quiz: Which local band should you listen to?

    Music & Concerts

    Not sure which of our 10 local music acts you should jam out to? We've written an all-telling personality quiz that will fit one of our artists based on the absolute truth of web quizzes. If you'd rather listen to all of the artists in one place, check out our Spotify playlist at:


    St. Pete reggae-rock band Resinated poses for a portrait for tbt*'s Ultimate Local Music Guide.  [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  15. Garth Brooks adds third concert at Tampa's Amalie Arena


    We knew Garth Brooks tickets would be hot commodities when they went on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, and as expected, demand has spurred the country icon to add another show in Tampa.

    In addition to his previously announced concerts at 7 p.m. June 5 and 6, Brooks has just added a 10:30 p.m. concert on June 6. Tickets remain $74.98, all inclusive, but if you want them, you better act fast, because they're flying off Ticketmaster's digital shelves....