Jay Cridlin, Entertainment Critic

Jay Cridlin

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.

SoundBytes: Rob Schneider, Blue October, Chris Webby, Papadosio and more

Rob Schneider, left, and Adam Sandler in ''50 First Dates.' Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures.
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

This week’s top Tampa Bay concerts: Ariana Grande, Sunset Music Festival, Rascal Flatts

In this 2018 photo, Ariana Grande appears during Wango Tango at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The artist revisits Tampa for a Tuesday performance at Amalie Arena. [Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP (2018)]
Plus, David Crosby in Clearwater, Trey Anastasio in St. Petersburg, Nelly at the Margarita Festival and Joe Jackson in Tampa.

What’s happening on Tampa Bay stages: Comic and actor T.J. Miller, American Stage tackles O’Neill

In this 2016 photo, T.J. Miller poses in a spacesuit at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. The comic and actor performs at the Tampa Improv on Friday and Saturday. [Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]
Plus, Tampa City Ballet’s new work, [email protected] does Sartre and the Florida Orchestra’s season ends.

Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley talks soundtrack songs, ’60s fame versus ’80s fame and more

The Righteous Brothers, featuring Bill Medley, right, and Bucky Heard, will perform at the Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre on May 26. [Courtesy of Marshall Meadows]
The singer of ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’ and ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ brings his revived duo to Clearwater.

Sunset Music Festival: After parties, pool parties, surprise guests and bonus EDM shows

Illenium will headline an after party in addition to performing at the 2019 Sunset Music Festival in Tampa. Photo: Alexandra Gavillet
From Illenium to a guy named Trampa to a slew of promised surprise headliners, get the lowdown on the parties surrounding the party.