Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

Jay Cridlin, Pop Music/Culture Critic

Jay Cridlin is the Pop Music/Culture Critic for the Tampa Bay Times and tbt*, and the editor of Soundcheck, a blog about music and concerts in Tampa Bay. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2002 and has been with the Times ever since. Twitter: @JayCridlin and @tbtsoundcheck

Tedeschi Trucks Band. Photo: On Tour PR.

Sunshine Music Festival won’t return to St. Petersburg in 2019

For the last six years, the Sunshine Music Festival has broken up the wintry monotony of mid-January with a star-studded show at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg.But for the time being,...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Photo: Matthew Salacuse.

Rainbow Kitten Surprise added to 97X Next Big Thing lineup

Now that Rainbow Kitten Surprise has sufficiently rocked Tampa, the secret can be told: They're coming back in December for 97X Next Big Thing.The fast-rising North Carolina indie rockers have been added to the bill for this year's Next...
Published: 09/18/18
Nile Rodgers poses for photographs in a north London hotel on March 18, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

SoundBytes: Nile Rodgers, Noname, Rosanne Cash, Kyle Kinane and more

— In case you missed it, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will open for Cher on Jan. 21 at the Amway Center in Orlando. Click...
Updated: 18 minutes ago
Sarah Brightman performs at the 5th annual Holiday Tree Lighting at L.A. Live and opening of LA Kings Holiday Ice on Nov. 28, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision for AEG/AP Images)

Sarah Brightman coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg

Sarah Brightman is used to playing arenas. Since 2000, her concerts in Tampa Bay have all taken place before thousands of fans at what is now Amalie Arena.So getting to see her in a theater should be quite a...
Published: 09/17/18
Rudolf Schenker and the Scorpions performed at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Sept. 14, 2018. (Jay Cridlin | Times)

Review: Scorpions strike Tampa with eager, ageless glee at Amalie Arena

It's probably best not to look too closely at the optics of playing Rock You Like a Hurricane while there's actual hurricane battering the seaboard just a few hours away.But what were the Scorpions going to do,...
Published: 09/15/18
John Mellencamp. Photo: Myrna Suarez.

John Mellencamp coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

John Mellencamp is about to R.O.C.K. all across the U.S.A. next spring. And his tour will include two  nights in Clearwater.The heartland rock veteran will bring his next tour to Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 29 and 30...
Published: 09/13/18
T.I. Photo: Grand Hustle Records (2015)

T.I. added to Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out Live, Sunday at Amalie Arena in Tampa

To everyone who has a ticket to see Nick Cannon's Wild 'N Out Live on Sunday in Tampa: Surprise! You're going to see T.I., too!The superstar rapper was added to the bill for Cannon's live hip hop and...
Published: 09/13/18
Jamie Tworkowski of To Write Love On Her Arms. Photo: Chris Lampkins / Local Wolves

To Write Love On Her Arms’ Jamie Tworkowski talks mass shootings, celebrity suicides and more

After a dozen years connecting with young minds at music festivals and through social media, To Write Love On Her Arms — the name and organization were inspired by an Orlando teen who was suffering from depression, drug...
Published: 09/13/18
Photo by Jim Wright
Lanco will open for Dierks Bentley at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Sept. 15, 2018. Photo: Jim Wright.

Weekend concert picks: Dierks Bentley, Scorpions, Freestyle Explosion and more

Published: 09/12/18
Pohgoh. Photo: Lucy Pearl Photography.

Pohgoh’s Susie Ulrey talks returning after 21 years, playing through multiple sclerosis and more

Last week, Tampa indie band Pohgoh released Secret Club, their first album in 21 years; they'll celebrate it Friday with a hometown record release show, followed by an East Coast tour.Secret Club is Pohgoh's...
Published: 09/12/18