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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. From left: Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts perform at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City on Feb. 27, 2020.
  2. Stephanie McMahon, chief brand officer for the WWE, speaks at a luncheon at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, 36 days before WrestleMania 36 in Tampa.
  3. From left: Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 26, 2020.
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  5. Monica Bill Barnes and Company will bring "The Running Show" to Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City campus on Feb. 28 and 29.
  6. Bob Weir and Wolf Bros will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on March 1.
  7. Music director Michael Francis leads the Florida Orchestra during a dress rehearsal.
  8. Joe Diffie will perform at the Dallas Bull in Tampa on May 15.
  9. Carlos Santana will perform with Earth, Wind and Fire at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Aug. 29.
  10. Comic and podcaster Joe Rogan in a scene from his Netflix special "Joe Rogan: Triggered."
  11. Reba McEntire performs "Fancy" at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville.
  12. The Black Keys will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Sept. 4.
  13. Tool will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 19.
  14. Zac Brown Band last performed at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in 2019.
  15. The Weeknd will perform at the Amway Center in Orlando on July 21.
  16. Jeff Foxworthy will perform at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa on Feb. 20.
  17. Joe Bonamassa will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 24-25.
  18. John C. Turner played saxophone and oboe for the Florida A&M University "Marching 100," and later became marching band director for the high-stepping Plant High School band in the '70s and early '80s. For a while, he also performed in a band during Tampa Bay Buccaneers games. He died on Feb. 9, 2020.
  19. Little Big Town will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Feb. 26 and 27.
  20. Ozzy Osbourne arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 25 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
  21. AJR performs during 97X Next Big Thing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa in 2018.
  22. Rezz will perform at the 2020 Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
  23. Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 22, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif.
  24. This image released by Fox shows host Nick Cannon, left, with Lil Wayne in the third season premiere of "The Masked Singer," which aired after the Super Bowl. The special edition of the show, with Lil' Wayne as the mystery guest, had its biggest audience ever Sunday when 23.7 million people watched it, the Nielsen company said.