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.

What’s on stage this week: ‘Spamalot,’ Trevor Noah and ‘Hundred Days’

Photo by Brad Barket
Trevor Noah will perform at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on Jan. 20, 2019. Photo: Brad Barket
Get your laughs with the Monty Python play, Daily Show host or comedian Cameron Esposito, or go more serious with Hundred Days and Innovocative Theatre’s Columbinus.

Weekend music picks: Nile Rodgers and Chic, Noname, Raffi and more

Photo by Jill Furmanovsky
Nile Rodgers and Chic will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Jan. 18, 2019. Photo: Jill Furmanovsky.
Plus get the details on concerts by City Girls, Greensky Bluegrass, Leonid and Friends, Polyenso and more.

The Who coming to Amalie Arena in Tampa

Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend, the only two remaining members of The Who perform ed April 15, 2015 in Tampa. (Chris Urso | Times)
Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend have discussed plans for an intricate symphony tour.

Before Chic plays St. Petersburg, Nile Rodgers talks David Bowie, Queen, his songwriting legacy and more

Nile Rodgers and Chic will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Jan. 18, 2019. Photo: Jill Furmanovsky.
The disco-funk guitarist and legendary pop producer swings through Tampa Bay on a night off tour with Cher.

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras concert lineup: Pitbull, Macklemore, Steve Miller Band, more

Pitbull performs on stage at Amalie Arena in Tampa on June 22, 2017. (Luis Santana | Times)
Gavin DeGraw, Dan + Shay, Ziggy Marley, Sean Paul and more will also perform in February and March.