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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

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  1. Aloe Blacc, Austin Mahone, Daughtry, more added to Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival lineup

    Blog

    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....

  2. Review: Maroon 5, Adam Levine bring over-the-top energy, sold-out crowd to Amalie Arena in Tampa

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    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.
  3. 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..."...

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

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    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.’”...

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

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    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.”...

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

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    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....

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

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    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....

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

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    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."...

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

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    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....

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

    Movies

    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)
  11. Kid Rock bringing $20 ticket deal to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

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    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....

  12. Kid Ink, Jeremih, Dej Loaf concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall: Canceled

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    This has long looked like one of the weirder concert bookings of the year: The Scream Tour with rapper Kid Ink (above), R&B singer Jeremih and up-and-comer Dej Loaf at stately ol' Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Maybe it was too weird to be true, because apparently, it's now canceled.

    The venue stated simply that the tour has been canceled, with refunds to this show available at point of purchase, although no activity on the Scream Tour's website seems to indicate as much. Ruth Eckerd Hall is even still listed as a tour stop on the Scream Tour's page....

  13. Kevin Hart coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

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    Kevin Hart is in everything these days. So it only makes sense that he should appear in Tampa, too.

    The white-hot comic and actor (The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man Too, Top Five, Ride Along and pretty much every other comedy that's been released over the past couple of years) is bringing his What Now? Tour to Tampa's Amalie Arena on May 8. Tickets are $46.25-$122.25, and they'll go on sale Feb. 20. Click here for details....

    Actor and comedian Kevin Hart attends an event for "El Guru de las Bodas" (better known here as "The Wedding Ringer") in Madrid.
  14. Bob Dylan coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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    Bob Dylan may not have the voice he once had, but c'mon: He's Bob Freaking Dylan. And when he announces a concert in your area -- especially one in a relatively intimate theater -- you'd better pay attention.

    Dylan on Thursday announced a round of Spring concert dates that include Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on April 22. The legendary songwriter has played Tampa Bay numerous times over the past few years, but this'll be his first concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall since 1992....

  15. Def Leppard, Styx coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

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    Say what you want about rock 'n' roll dinosaurs from the '70s and '80s, but they still know how to crank out a tune -- and pack in a crowd.

    When Def Leppard performed with Kiss last summer at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, we wrote that, for the most part, they sound like they haven't aged a day.

    "Def Leppard’s secret stars were, as always, its sleeveless string section, guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell and bassist Rick Savage, who spun around (singer Joe) Elliott like a heavenly hair-metal chorus, whoa-oh-oh-ing while twiddling out squealing, spiralling, roller-coaster solos," we wrote in our review of the show. "They may have looked like Spinal Tap caricatures of aging '80s excess, but musically? Every song sounded like it could have been pumped in from SiriusXM's Hair Nation."...

    Def Leppard last performed at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in July 2014.