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.

SoundBytes: Madonna, Pedro Capo, Scott Stapp, the Alarm and more

Madonna accepts the advocate for change award at the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards at the New York Hilton Midtown on Saturday, May 4, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

Review: Dive deep into Streisand’s basement and beyond in Freefall’s ‘Buyer and Cellar’

Chris Crawford stars in ‘Buyer and Cellar’ at Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. Photo courtesy of Thee Photo Ninja.
The one-man show with a ridiculous (if reality-inspired) premise is both hilarious and surprisingly cutting.

SoundBytes: Orville Peck, Reignwolf, Boris, the Green and more

Orville Peck will perform at Crowbar in Tampa on Sept. 25, 2019. Photo courtesy of Carlos Santolalla.
Catch up on today's Tampa Bay concert announcements.

Rolling Stones announce rescheduled Florida tour dates

From left, band members Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during their gig at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. Saturday June 9, 2018. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
If you were planning a road trip to Jacksonville or Miami to see a rehabilitated Mick Jagger, here are your dates.

Six amazing, unconventional tiki bars in Tampa Bay

A cocktail at Zom Hee Chinese Restaurant. (LUIS SANTANA  |   Times)
Tiki bars come in all shapes, sizes and spirits.