It's a big Tampa Bay Rays weekend at the Trop in St. Petersburg, and we're not talking DJ Kitty this time around. In addition to these after-game concerts, the giveaways are cool. On Friday, the first 10,000 fans get a Joe Maddon bobblehead; on Saturday, it's an MLB Network drawstring backpack; and on Sunday, kids get a David Price jersey wallet. The concerts are free with a game ticket. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297. All games are against the Marlins.
The festivities begin Friday with Scandinavian superstar DJ (is there another kind?) Afrojack. Afrojack sums up his ear-splattering electronic music blend with the term "bleepy dance-pop." If that's not descriptive enough, imagine the tones of an updated Emergency Broadcast System set to pulsing house grooves. The 24-year-old had international hits in Take Over Control and Give Me Everything with Pitbull and Ne-Yo. Just don't mind the squelching. This is only a techno test. (The game starts at 7:10 p.m.)
ZZ TOP, GRETCHEN WILSON, 3 DOORS DOWN
Calling themselves the "Gang of Outlaws," the beardy Texas icons behind Sharp Dressed Man, the Redneck Woman and the Kryptonite rockers will bring their brand of banditry to the Trop for Father's Day on Sunday. ZZ Top has been playing and swaying since the late '60s, decades before the current Rays lineup had even played T-ball. And the original group — guitarist Billy Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard — is still intact and unshaven. Gretchen Wilson is the country music firecracker who sings shamelessly about leaving the Christmas lights up year-round and buying her lingerie at Walmart. Nice guys and tour mates 3 Doors Down round things out. (The game starts at 1:40 p.m.)
Carole Liparoto, Times correspondent