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.

Hootie and the Blowfish shift date of upcoming Tampa concert

In this Nov. 16, 2018 photo, Dean Felber, from left, Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld, and Mark Bryan, of Hootie & the Blowfish, pose for a portrait at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C. The band is returning with a tour and album 25 years after 'Cracked Rear View' launched the South Carolina-based rock band. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Invision/AP) NYET552
If you '90s lovers have already booked a babysitter for your night out with Hootie, better call fast to change the date.

Gasparilla Music Festival lineup additions: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Toro y Moi, more

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will perform at the 2019 Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa. Photo by Tess Angus.
White Denim Oddisee and the Beths have also joined the bill alongside previously announced headliners the Avett Brothers and Gary Clark Jr.

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.