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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. Photo Fire performed at the 2020 Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa. [Photo Fire]
  2. Ringo Starr gestures to the crowd while performing in 2017 along with his All Starr Band at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. [LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES]
  3. John Prine last performed locally in 2019 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. [Courtesy of Danny Clinch]
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  5. Joe Diffie died on March 29, days after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. [Derrek Kupish]
  6. Walt Disney World will remain closed indefinitely, the company announced on Friday. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  7. Kate McKinnon spoke at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 5, 2020. [Paul Drinkwater/NBC]
  8. JoJo Siwa has postponed her May 22 concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [Courtesy of Amalie Arena]
  9. BTS perform at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration in 2019 in New York. [BEN HIDER  |  Ben Hider/Invision/AP]
  10. From left: Coldplay's Chris Martin, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend and Niall Horan perform live-streamed concerts as part of Global Citizen's #TogetherAtHome performances, kicked off during the coronavirus pandemic. [YouTube]
  11. Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan plays with the Florida Orchestra during a dress rehearsal for the opening night of their 2019-20 season. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times]
  12. Celtic Thunder is scheduled to perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Dec. 19. [Courtesy of Celtic Thunder]
  13. More than 50 shows in March, April and May have been postponed or canceled at Ruth Eckerd Hall, the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre and other venues it works with due to the coronavirus pandemic. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  14. Tame Impala released 'The Slow Rush' on Feb. 14. [Matt Sav]
  15. Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa will remain dark through April 30 due to the coronavirus. [Times (2012)]
  16. With almost all their upcoming gigs canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mark Etherington, left, and Jun Bustamante perform for an audience of one — Etherington's dog Cherokee — as they rehearse in Etherington's St. Petersburg apartment. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  17. Zac Brown Band was scheduled to perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Oct. 20, 2019. [Courtesy of Diego Pernia]
  18. A musician with the Florida Orchestra makes notes on sheet music for a bass part of Sibelius' Symphony No. 7 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  19. As the coronavirus pandemic forced restaurants across Florida to close, Bern's Steak House began offering carryout orders. Pictured here: The 12-ounce Delmonico, Steak House Mushrooms and pomme frites. [JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  20. Shinedown will headline the 2020 edition of 98ROCKFEST at Amalie Arena in Tampa. [Sanjay Parikh]
  21. Ronnie Dunn, left, and Kix Brooks of Brooks and Dunn arrive at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. [Evan Agostini/Invision/AP]
  22. Tool has postponed their show at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 19, 2020. [Travis Shinn]
  23. Anne Arundel County, Md., residents receive free breakfast, lunch and dinner in Maryland on March 16. [SUSAN WALSH  |  AP]
  24. The Motley Crue biopic 'The Dirt' is streaming on Netflix. [JAKE GILES NETTER  |  Netflix]