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Will Tantric, Vanilla Ice and Los Lobos get fans in Rays' seats?

The Tampa Bay Rays are still having trouble putting fannies in seats this season, but it's not for a lack of trying. The hometown heroes have been in — or at least close to (stupid Yankees …) — first place all season.

Their postgame Saturday concerts have featured Dierks Bentley, John Fogerty and Nelly. And now the club has announced three free Friday postgame shows.

Tantric, the Louisville band that plays Down and Out, Evan Longoria's screechy, violin-y "walk-up" song, will rock the Trop on June 25 after the Rays-Diamondbacks tilt.

Vanilla Ice, newly revitalized thanks to Ice Ice Baby getting mad love on Glee, comes to town July 9 for the Rays-Indians brouhaha. (Stop smirking. You've totally checked out the hook while the DJ revolved it. Don't lie.)

And one of my favorite groups of all time, Los Lobos, will unleash the wolves of East L.A. after the Rays demolish the Yankees on July 30. For the record, I am totally in favor of the Rays buying my affections via rock 'n' roll. And if I might add: Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp love playing baseball stadiums. Just saying …

Did you buy Go-Go's tickets?

The Rays also announced that fans with single-game tickets for July 10, which originally included the Go-Go's postgame concert canceled by the band last week, may exchange them for tickets of equal value for any remaining 2010 Rays regular season home game based on availability. Exchanges may be made at the Tropicana Field Box Office or at the Rays Tampa Store, and all tickets must be exchanged prior to July 10 at 7:10 p.m. For ticket information, go to raysbaseball.com or call

toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Will Tantric, Vanilla Ice and Los Lobos get fans in Rays' seats? 06/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 11:20pm]

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