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Jay Cridlin - Entertainment Critic

Entertainment Critic

I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University, and am now the tall guy who stands in front of you taking photos at concerts. IT'S FOR WORK, I SWEAR. I write mostly about music, but also some things that are not music -- the whole pop-cultural gamut, really. My favorite song is the Verve's "Bitter Sweet Symphony," but then I like a little bit of everything, which means I probably like your favorite song, too. More than anything, I like documenting how music and entertainment intersect with our daily lives in Tampa Bay. If you see me at a show sometime, come say hi. And again, sorry for blocking your view.

  1. Michael McDonald, at right, will rejoin the Doobie Brothers for a 50th anniversary tour that will hit Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in 2021. [Clay Patrick McBride]
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  8. From left: Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts perform at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City on Feb. 27, 2020. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  9. The Weeknd will perform at the Amway Center in 2021. [Nabil Elderkin]
  10. Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose, left, and Slash perform on the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [JACK PLUNKETT  |  Invision/AP]
  11. Sammy Hagar performs at his 70th birthday party, dubbed Sammy Hagar's Rock-n-Roll Birthday Party, in 2017 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. [Jill Trunnell]
  12. John Barney, 43, of Largo, performs for patrons at Jimmy B's Beach Bar at the Beachcomber Resort Hotel in St. Pete Beach on May 19, 2020. Barney, who performs under the name Johnny B, is among the first Tampa Bay performers who have gotten back on stage as restaurants have reopened following the coronavirus pandemic. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  13. Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs was scheduled to play the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on April 4, 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic forced him to postpone the show until Aug. 20, 2020. [RUSS CARSON  |  Carson Photoworks]
  14. Foreigner performs at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 2, 2017. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  15. St. Pete Records is moving to a new location at 2233 Third Ave. S in St. Petersburg. This photo shows the interior of its old store at 6648 Central Ave. on Record Store Day 2019. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  16. David Archuleta will release his new album "Therapy Sessions" on May 20. [Cyrus Panganiban]
  17. Keb' Mo' will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on Dec. 13, 2020. [Justin Cowart]
  18. In this Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during halftime of Super Bowl 53. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
  19. Carnage performs at Pier 94 on Dec. 27, 2014, in New York. [Scott Roth/Invision/AP]
  20. Miles Fetherston-Resch, 7, center, poses with his mothers Jess Fetherston-Resch, left, and Libby Fetherston-Resch, right, at their home in St. Petersburg, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  21. Ybor City's famed chickens strut down a nearly empty Seventh Avenue sidewalk outside the Ritz Ybor in Tampa on May 5, 2020. The Ritz hasn't hosted a concert since March. As the coronavirus pandemic stretches into summer, it's unclear when venues like it will reopen for business. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  22. The Florida Bjorkestra, featuring singer Jonathan Harrison, center, created a virtual performance of "Walk Through the Fire" from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in April 2020. Music director Jeremy Douglass (just below Harrison, fourth from right) compiled the performance from 26 individual video recordings. [YouTube]
  23. In this 2017 photo, Dave Matthews performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
  24. Journey's Neal Schon, left, and Ross Valory performed at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Aug. 18, 2018.