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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. Mumford and Sons will headline the 2020 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival in South Florida.
    Vampire Weekend, Haim, Rufus du Sol and Kaskade lead the eclectic 2020 lineup.
  2. Nghtmre performs at the Sunset Music Festival in Tampa on May 26, 2018.
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  3. Canadian duo Madison Violet performs in the Clearwater home of Kasie Carlson.
    Hiring a band to perform in a living room is an intimate way to entertain.
  4. Billy Joel performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa in 2016.
    It’ll be the Piano Man’s first concert here since 2018.
  5. Twenty One Pilots performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Oct. 10, 2019.
    The Ohio alt-pop duo, headlining Amalie Arena for the third time in three years, returned as heroes and old friends. | Concert review
  6. Wayne Brady will perform at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday.
    There’s Jeanne Robertson and an inventive Florida Orchestra collaboration, too.
  7. Chris Stapleton will perform at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Friday.
    Plus, Gunna, Built to Spill, the Brothers Osborne, Marty Stuart and Taking Back Sunday.
  8. Jack Johnson was among the headliners of November's inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival before the fest announced its postponement on Oct. 8.
    The event has had a rocky start so far.
  9. Taking Back Sunday will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Oct. 13, 2019.
    The Long Island emo heroes will only be here one night.
  10. Country singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson appeared in "Dolphin Tale 2," which was filmed in Pinellas County.
    And that’s just a sampling.