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. Duncan Sheik stops by USF to discuss 'Spring Awakening,' songwriting and more


    "It's very bright and classroomy in here," said a grinning Duncan Sheik, tilting his head back from his guitar to the pearly fluorescents dangling from room MUS 0119 of the University of South Florida's School of Music Concert Hall.

    What the recital room lacked in concert atmospherics, however, it delivered in intimacy and uniqueness, as fewer than 50 music and theatrical students and guests were treated to a 90-minute master class and acoustic performance from the Grammy- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter....

    Singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik stopped by the University of South Florida in Tampa for a 90-minute master class on his pop and theatrical songwriting, particularly for the Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening.
  2. Set times, lineups for Chillin' Music Fest, Reggae Rise Up in Tampa


    Get ready for a ton of reggae-rock action in Tampa Bay. This Saturday brings the Chillin' Music Fest to Curtis Hixon Park, with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stephen Marley (above), Pepper, the Expendables and more. And on Sept. 27, it's the Reggae Rise Up Festival at Raymond James Stadium, with Rebelution, Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz and more.

    If you're going to either (or both) of the daylong festivals, you'll want to know the set times. That's what where we come in. Here, without further delay, are the set times and ticket details for the Chillin' Music Fest and Reggae Rise Up Festival:...

    Stephen Marley
  3. Sunshine Music and Blues Festival lineup: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dickey Betts, Grace Potter, Los Lobos and more


    For the past couple of years, the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival has been a relatively overlooked part of the Tampa Bay music-fest landscape. Odds are that won’t be the case in 2015.

    Promoter Live Nation has unveiled an absolutely stacked lineup for the third annual Sunshine Music and Blues Festival, which returns to St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Jan. 17. Along with headliners (and festival co-organizers) Tedeschi Trucks Band, fans will see Dickey Betts, Grace Potter, Los Lobos, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, The Both (featuring Aimee Mann and Ted Leo), Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield and Sean Chambers....

    Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
  4. Those Darlins
  5. Jenny McCarthy talks married life, women in comedy, appearing on Chris Hardwick's '@midnight' and more


    For nearly 20 years after she exploded into America’s living rooms (and teenage boys’ fantasies) on MTV’s Singled Out, it was kind of a challenge to categorize the comedy of Jenny McCarthy.

    “I’ve always admired stand-ups, but I’ve never wanted to do it because it’s such a different art form,” McCarthy said recently by phone from New York. “For me, my comedy’s always just been through my personality — more funny here and there than actually a joke person. That’s kind of the category I put myself in. I write humorous books, do some funny sitcoms, do campy movies, that kind of thing.”...

  6. Michael Franti talks yoga, Ferguson, American reggae, Chillin' Music Fest and more


    Spend a minute surfing Michael Franti’s website. By the time you’ve read up on his summer yoga workshops, studied his recipe for an oilless salad dressing, absorbed some free guitar lessons and watched him dump ice water on Apple CEO Tim Cook for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, you realize: Franti is no longer just a musician. At home, online and in concert, he’s a full-on lifestyle guru....

  7. 97X Next Big Thing lineup: Fall Out Boy, Young the Giant, Alt-J, more coming to Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg


    Fall Out Boy may have spent three years on hiatus, but you’d never know it from how strongly they’ve come back.

    A year ago, they sold out the USF Sun Dome. This summer, they drew 16,000 fans to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. And on Dec. 6, they’ll headline the 14th annual 97X Next Big Thing festival at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg — arguably the festival’s biggest headliner to date....

  8. Photos: The Hip Abduction celebrates tbt*'s 10th birthday bash at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg


    On Wednesday, tbt* celebrated its 10th birthday with a concert by St. Petersburg reggae-rock/Afrobeat favorites the Hip Abduction at Jannus Live. More than 1,800 fans scooped up tickets to help us celebrate, which was fitting — our no-longer-so-little publication wouldn’t be where it is without you wonderful readers. So as DJ Fresh got the crowd moving, and the Hip Abduction filled the courtyard with tasty equatorial pop, we passed out yellow cupcakes to say thanks. Here’s hoping you’ll be with us for another 10 years ... and more. Luis Santana shared some photos of the event; click the headline of this post for a slideshow....

    The Hip Abduction headlined tbt*'s 10th birthday party at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Sept. 10, 2014.
  9. John Mellencamp, Olivia Newton-John coming to Clearwater for two shows each


    Let's hope John Mellencamp's upcoming trip to Clearwater goes better than his last one.

    When the heartland hero played Ruth Eckerd Hall in 2011, the music itself was lively and inventive. But the crowd was perhaps a little too rowdy. As Sean Daly wrote:...

  10. The Hip Abduction's David New talks new music, performing at festivals, playing tbt*'s 10th anniversary party and more


    Ten years ago, David New had never written a song.

    He was living on a boat in the Bahamas after attending the University of Virginia. “I studied marine science in college,” he says. “I figured, that was my dream, to travel around the world studying marine science or sail or scuba dive, and I found a company that did just that in the Bahamas.”

    That period of island living no doubt informed his mentality as a songwriter when he returned to St. Petersburg years alter and formed a group called the Hip Abduction, who play an inspired, genre-hopping blend of African, Caribbean and reggae-infused pop....

  11. Vanilla Ice headlining huge Halloween party at Hogan's Beach in Tampa


    At this rate, Vanilla Ice may end up hosting a show in Tampa Bay every holiday.

    A few months after appearing at Shephard's Beach Resort over the St. Patrick's Day weekend, and two years after headlining Shephard's Old Skool Labor Day Weekend, Ice is back with a brand new invention, headlining a massive Halloween night party at Hogan's Beach in Tampa.

    The Oct. 31 shindig will have a full '90s theme, with DJs spinning hits from that decade for a crowd of costumed revelers. There will be a $5,000 costume contest, with categories including Scariest, Sexiest and Totally '90s. We say dress up as Sean Young, and enter all three!...

  12. Tampa Bay fall concert guide: from arenas to cozy clubs

    Music & Concerts

    Anytime you scan a master calendar list of upcoming concerts, the big ones always jump out. It’s kind of hard to miss the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, One Direction at Raymond James Stadium or a two-night stand from Luke Bryan at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

    For a truly diverse taste of Tampa Bay’s jam-packed concert calendar, you have to dig a little deeper, looking not just at arenas and amphitheatres but also stately theaters, stylish pop and rock halls and dark, dank punk and dance clubs....

    Lzzy Hale and Arejay Hale of Halestorm
  13. Kings of Leon talk returning to the stage, family bonding time, covering Robyn and more


    Four years ago, the world seemed so right for Kings of Leon.

    Those frisky, feisty Followills were coming off a Record of the Year Grammy when they played to 15,000 fans in Tampa in September 2010. They about to release Come Around Sundown — their follow-up to 2008’s global smash Only by the Night, which featured the hits Sex on Fire and Use Somebody — and the Black Keys were opening for them. Kings of Leon were no longer American rock’s Next Big Thing — they were American rock’s Big Thing, period....

  14. Garth Brooks coming to Jacksonville


    Here's a sentence we never thought we'd be typing today: Why does Jacksonville get all the fun parties?

    In June, the city hosted the Florida Country Superfest with Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and more. In October, they'll host Paul McCartney. Even Jack White is coming there in a couple of weeks.

    And it was just announced that Jacksonville is the next stop on country legend Garth Brooks' impending comeback tour....

  15. 5 reasons why you shouldn't count Kings of Leon out just yet

    Music & Concerts

    Four years ago, the world seemed so right for Kings of Leon.

    Those frisky, feisty Followills were coming off a Record of the Year Grammy when they played to 15,000 fans in Tampa in September 2010. They were about to release Come Around Sundown — their followup to 2008's global smash Only by the Night, which featured the hits Sex on Fire and Use Somebody — and the Black Keys were opening for them. Kings of Leon were no longer American rock's Next Big Thing — they were American rock's Big Thing, period....

    Kings of Leon credit: Dan Winters