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.

97X Next Big Thing lineup: The 1975, AJR, Revivalists, more coming to Tampa

Matthew Healy of the band The 1975 performs at the 2019 Governors Ball Music Festival at Randall’s Island Park on Saturday, June 1, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
The 2019 alt-rock festival will resume as a one-day affair at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

SoundBytes: EDC Orlando, Shooter Jennings, Carlos Mencia, Ball Greezy and more

Deadmau5 is among the headliners of this year's EDC Orlando festival, coming Nov. 8-10 to Tinker Field. Photo by Drew Ressler.
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

Third Eye Blind coming to Jannus Live in St. Petersburg

Third Eye Blind will perform at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Nov. 14, 2019. Photo by Danny Nolan.
The show comes in support of their forthcoming album 'Screamer.'

Elle King discusses opening for Heart, becoming a hologram and that time she met Meat Loaf

Elle King will open for Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Saturday. [Courtesy of the Green Room PR]
On Saturday, the ‘Exes and Ohs’ singer opens for Heart and Joan Jett in Tampa.

Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida talks guns, Woodstock ’99 and writing hits for superstars

On Friday, Our Lady Peace will open for Bush and Live at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa. [Ashley Osborn]
The ‘Clumsy’ singer looks back on the ’90s before coming to Tampa with Bush and Live.