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.

63 upcoming concerts in Tampa Bay: Queen, Ariana Grande, Hootie, Florida Georgia Line and more

Queen and Adam Lambert are pictured. [Matrixpictures.Co.Uk/Matrix via Zuma Press/TNS, 2017]
This year’s spring and summer concert preview spans 50 years of rock and pop music, from Woodstock to the stars of tomorrow.

Nick Offerman coming to the Straz Center in Tampa

In this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo, actor Nick Offerman arrives at the LA Premiere of “Fargo” Season 2 at Arclight Cinemas Hollywood in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star will shuffle from the forest into Florida in December.

SoundBytes: Dhani Harrison, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Lil Debbie and more

Dhani Harrison will open for Jeff Lynne's ELO on July 7 at Amalie Arena. (Courtesy of Josh Giroux)
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

Safety Harbor SongFest lineup: Delta Rae, Shawn Mullins, Randall Bramblett and more

Delta Rae will perform at Safety Harbor SongFest on April 7, 2019. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Weiner.
For the first time, the three-day festival will split into three venues.

USF Bullstock lineup: AJR, 3OH!3, Lovelytheband headline free concert in Tampa

AJR will headline USF Bullstock on April 5, 2019 in Tampa. Photo courtesy of AJR.
The school's annual USF Week highlight is set for April 5.