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Jay Cridlin - Times Entertainment Critic

Times 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. Lindsey Stirling will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 20.
    The superstar EDM-pop violinist brings her third annual holiday tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Dec. 20.
  2. Shakey Graves will open for the Lumineers at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on May 22.
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  3. Florida Orchestra music director and conductor Michael Francis, left, celebrates with his wife Cindy and their five-year-old daughter Annabella.
    The conductor, who grew up British, has been performing in the U.S. since he was 16.
  4. Thomas Rhett performs "Remember You Young" at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13 in Nashville.
    The country star will hit the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in June.
  5. Ronald Isley, right, and Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Dec. 19.
    The 78-year-old funk and R&B legend brings the Isley Brothers back to the Mahaffey Theater next week.
  6. Criss Angel will bring his Raw: The Mindfreak Unplugged tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 13.
    It’s the Christmas season at the Florida Orchestra and St. Petersburg Opera.
  7. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa on Dec. 15.
    The Disco Biscuits, Don McLean, Daughters and a Sha Na Na holiday reunion are also featured.
  8. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, shown here in the 1978 film "Grease," will make an appearance in Tampa on Dec. 14 for a film sing-along and meet and greet with fans.
    The forever Sandy Olsson and Danny Zuko will reunite for a sing-along screening on Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
  9. Patton Oswalt, shown in his Netflix special "Patton Oswalt: Annihilation," will perform at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre in Clearwater on April 11, 2020.
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  10. Marc Maron, show here during his Netflix special "Marc Maron: Too Real," will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa on Feb. 15, 2020.
    The host of the hugely successful ‘WTF With Marc Maron’ podcast is bringing his stand-up tour to town next spring.