The Tampa Bay Rays haven't given fans too much to get excited about so far this season -- they're solidly in last place in their division -- but Saturday's game offers a little something extra for Rays fans who also like classic alt-rock.
The Rays are kicking off their summer concert series this weekend with a performance by Weezer, whose catchy tunes and sardonic lyrics have made them one of the most enduring independent bands.
They first gained fame with "Undone -- The Sweater Song" in 1994, and except for a hiatus in the late 1990s they've been putting out great, fun music ever since. Among the band's hits are "Buddy Holly" (with its "Happy Days"-based video) and "Hash Pipe."
The Rays Summer Concert Series has bands playing on the field after the game. There's no extra charge for the concert, but you can't see the concert without buying a ticket for the game. If you want to go onto the field to get closer to the band, you can do that (after the game, of course) but you have to pay an extra $11. Saturday's game before the Weezer concert pits the Rays against the Seattle Mariners.
The other concerts in the series include the O'Jays (June 21), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (July 12), Imagine Movers (July 27) and the Wiggles (Sept. 7).
Details: 4:10 p.m. (game time) June 7, Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Tickets: $22-$281.50; $11 extra for on-field access during concert. Information: 727-825-3137, tampabay.rays.mlb.com.
-- Marty Clear