06/15/2010 4:39 PM ET
Rays Surprise Fans with Additional Friday Night Concerts
Tantric's Performance to Include Evan Longoria's "Walk-up Song"
The Rays will add more Friday postgame concerts when Tantric comes to Tropicana Field following the Rays vs. Diamondbacks game on June 25 at 7:10 p.m., Vanilla Ice will perform following the Rays vs. Indians game on July 9 and Grammy-Award winning group Los Lobos will play following the Rays vs. Yankees game July 30. Following all Friday home games, Rays fans will have the opportunity to watch the concerts from the field.
Tantric first broke onto the music scene in 2001 with their self-titled album that featured the No. 1 single, "Breakdown." The album eventually went platinum and started the band on an extensive tour schedule with Kid Rock and Creed.
After adding electric violinist Marcus Ratzenboeck, Tantric recorded "Down and Out," and eventually saw it climb to No. 3 on the charts. Rays fans know that song well and hear it every time Rays third baseman Evan Longoria steps to the plate. It has been his walk-up song at Tropicana Field since he began his career in April 2008. Ratzenboeck performed the national anthem at Tropicana Field on May 30, 2009 and played the violin for Longoria's first at-bat of that game.
Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, first exploded on the music scene in 1990 with his CD To The Extreme, selling over 17 million copies. His single "Ice Ice Baby" became an instant pop classic and is still in great demand today. Winkle has dabbled in all forms of entertainment including recent appearances on Fox "Celebrity Boxing," VH1's program "Remaking of Vanilla Ice" and NBC reality show "Hit Me Baby One More Time." He is currently working on new music and preparing for filming of his next TV show, "Surreal Life Fame Games."
Three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East LA. Three-time Grammy winners, Los Lobos has compiled over 15 albums and served as artists on the soundtracks for such major motion pictures as Bull Durham and Desperado. Their 1987 hit "La Bamba," the title track from the film, soared to No. 1 on the charts and still remains widely popular today.
At all Friday home games, themed as Friday Fests presented by Captain Morgan, the first 10,000 fans will receive a collectible T-shirt presented by the St. Petersburg Times. Friday Fests also include drink and food specials, including the Captain Morgan Blue Storm, special prize giveaways, postgame parties and a new feature known as the Center Field Shuffle, in which all fans will be allowed to walk across the field and exit
through the center field gate.