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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. The Who, with Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend, right, perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2019.
    Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend delivered an enormous performance with a 48-piece symphony. | Concert review
  2. Rapper NF will perform at the Yuengling Center in Tampa on May 1, 2020.
    The two rappers have announced shows in the coming months, including one for USF’s Homecoming week.
  3. Michael Francis leads a community chorus during one of the Florida Orchestra's Sing Out Tampa Bay sing-alongs.
    The music director is entering his fifth year with the orchestra, which has a Beethoven-heavy season opening Sept. 27 in Tampa.
  4. Spymonkey's "Hysteria!" will run at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater from Sept. 19-Nov. 3.
    Spymonkey’s ‘Hysteria,’ Billy Cobham and ‘Crossing the Bay’ accompany dance experiences and a banned book cabaret.
  5. Roger Daltrey, left, and Pete Townshend of the Who will play Tampa's Amalie Arena on Sunday.
    The Who, Future, Billy Ray Cyrus, Disturbed, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, Orville Peck and more.
  6. Jimmy Buffett performed at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on June 6, 2017.
    The quintessential Florida Man and his Coral Reefer Band hit town for the holidays.
  7. Buddy Guy charms the crowd in between songs at A Taste of Pinellas in 2011.
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
  8. A composite image of Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, photographed by the David Richard of the Associated Press in 2018; and Eddie Money, photographed in 2004 by Jessica Reilly of the Telegraph Herald. Money died on Sept. 13, 2019; Ocasek died on Sept. 15, 2019.
    The Cars frontman and ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ singer voiced a generation in distinct ways.
  9. 'Love and Hip Hop' star K. Michelle will perform at 95.7 Beats By the Bay on Nov. 2, 2019 at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.
    Dru Hill, Lloyd, Amerie and more are also coming to Vinoy Park.
  10. Cat Power, shown in a handout photo, performed at the Ritz Ybor on Sept. 13, 2019.
    The soulful indie singer said little, but her music said a lot.