Looking back at the Rays 2010 Concert Series..Part 1

 


 

During the Tampa Bay Rays 2010 season, the Rays front office brought together 14 great artists during the course of the season to play in either during their Friday Fest celebration or their popular Rays/Hess Express Saturday Night Concert Series. This season the Rays surpassed their previous collection of artists by bringing some of the most musically loved and admired artists of this era and the past. This post will be a small collection of some of my favorite moments during the 2010 Rays Concert series.


It decided to cut the concerts completely in half and bring you 7 today and possibly 7 in a day or two to show again the music and the great fun Rays fans had both in the stands and on the field in 2010. I will try and pick what I consider my two most memorable photos out of the more than 581 photo that made it onto my online photo collection on Flicker.com. I do not in any way consider myself a professional photographer, but I can assure you I am taking a few classes this off season and the 2011 photos will be (hopefully) miles above my present collections.

So kick back, relax and maybe pop on a I-Tunes or Internet Radio station as I begin a short journey again through the musical journey furnished to all members of the Rays Republic in 2010. It was great journey from times from my young youth (John Fogerty/ ZZ Top) all the way to a duo of the most talked about artists in the last two years (Adam Lambert/ Bret Michaels). I can guarantee you, I will be checking these photos out for years just trying to relive the great moments and still singing their songs.

 

 

It was great to see John Fogerty this year out singing during the 25th Anniversary of his baseball-themed classic “Centerfield“. I had always thought Fogerty had a Southern twang and feel to his music, but this was the first time I have even gotten to see him live and really take in both the accent and the great musical talents this artist brought to us in the first of 14 Rays concerts. Fogerty did a great array of his own classics, plus a nice mixture of C C R classics to make the entire Trop seem to be swaying to his music that night.


 

 

ZZ Top was one of those bands in my youth where I had cassettes like “Afterburner” playing on my car stereo during road trips or if I was in a hurry to get somewhere. It was also the first concert that I got my green Rays photographer credentials to get up close and personal shots of the band during their first four songs.

It was a new opportunity for me, being an amateur photographer and blogger to push another nice item onto my online resume` plus get instantly into the energy and vibe of the concert. The definitely wasn’t nothing “cheap” about ZZ Top that night.


 

 

Nellie was held on the day after my birthday, so it had a special fee because of the significance of this date to me. But it was the great pumping of the bass and the music that got me to enjoy this concert. Instead of standing in front of stage tonight, I snuck into the front mosh pit area to take my photos tonight.

I think I took over 400 photos, but with the rocking and swaying movement of the crowded pit area, I got more than I expected to out of focus shots or even muted photos. It was a great example of why photographers are in the photo wells and not among the fans during a concert. It was a well lesson learned that night.


 

 

Hall & Oates was an interesting concert for me. Not that the band ever held a great significance in my musical tastes, but if you dated in the late 70′s-80′s this band held your dating prowess firmly in their hands. If you wanted to have a romantic rendezvous or even a chance to dance with your date, you usually had to have a Hall & Oates tune playing. But it was also a time to reconnect with some of the past for me as a few friends from Philly came into town and were more excited about being on the field than me for this concert moment.


 

 

Dierks Bentley is one of those country music stars you know by his music, but ladies just loved to mosey up and just watch him sing as if he was singing to them. His band just seemed to sweat high energy that night and it was one of those concert moments you do not soon forget based on the music and the high level of involvement and dancing even in the crowds.

 

Added a third photo to this selection because it was such a great moment to sit there and watch Bentley bend down and hold the hand of a young fan in the front of the stage during his performance..simply magical.

It was the first time I had ever seen a huge line dance of his hit “Sideways” in my life, and a moment that will stay close tome. Wish I knew that dance, but I have been sideways a few times in my life…maybe.


 

 

Most of Tantric’s music was a bit of an unknown to most Rays fans before this Friday Fest concert but we all collectively knew their tune “Down & Out ” because of its connection to Rays All Star Third Baseman Evan Longoria’s who uses the tune as his walk-up music. Just the first few bars from the violin of Mark Ratzenboeck and the entire Tropicana Field crowd went nuts yelling, screaming and singing the words to the tune.

Tantric was one of the concerts this year, like Dierks Bentley where I got to hear some new music that I was not accustomed to, but became a fan of the group after the concert.


 

 

The group Barenaked Ladies have a sad reminder for me. My daughter’s mother was ill and in an area hospital when I decided to take my then 10-year old daughter to Universal Studios for the day and the band was playing that night as a musical guest.

The music of this group is very up-tempo and their beats and rhythms can get you instantly into moving and grooving to their music. It was a special night then, and this night was extremely special also because of the group doing an extended set and really connecting with the Rays crowd on so many levels.

So we are at the halfway point in the photo review of the Rays 2010 Concert series and I am going to sign off now and get to checking out a few more photos and concert footage to post some more great moments and events online in the next few days. 2010 was for me one of the best concert years, and with the Rays also involved in that process, it became an instant “win-win” opportunity for me.


I was lucky enough to have photo credential for all but one (Fogerty) of these first 7 Rays concerts. But one of the unseen great items of getting this opportunity is being in front of the stage and meeting so many of the great fans who also wanted to get as close as possible to these artists.

 

It was great to talk with some of them before every concert, and even discuss both the band and the experience with them before the event started. It was fantastic hearing some of the opinions and songs they were hoping to hear during the band’s sets. But in the end, it was not about the conversations or even the photos, it was all about the notes and lyrics of this great music.

 

9 Comments

OMG I love this post! I probably would have liked to attend the John Fogerty and the Dierks Bently concerts. I like Dierks. He’s a cutie. And his dog is just as cute :)
-Virginia
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Virginia,
Here is a wild side note. Dierks Bentley actually attended Vanderbilt University when David Price was pitching as a Freshman.
Guess it is true whe they say 6 degrees of seperation can bring everyone together somehow.
Out of these seven concerts, the one that rocked my mind was Dierks Bentley and ZZ Top, one for the opening of my eyes to his music, and the other as a deja Vu moment from my fast car past.

Rays Renegade

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I enjoyed your concert posts and pics and was thinking it would be great if you reviewed other concerts that come to town. I imagine the Tampa/St. Pete gets a lot of good bands in the winter when all the snowbirds are there, right?

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Jane,
Any paying job would be fine with me, but this region has a few very good concert and music reviewers.
I can adapt the writing style needed to the product, it is what I went to College for, but with the downward spiral of journalism jobs anymore…a drop in the pond.
But, I still stay positive thinking something good will happen….or at least dies trying.
Thanks for that. I know you have enjoyed the past concert tidbits.

Rays Renegade

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great season for music at the trop. Uncharacteristic for a 21 year old but I love Hall and Oates. Nelly too, come on that guy influenced me to listen to rap. In pittsburgh we had Luke Bryan, Steve Miller Band and OAR, three more of my favorites
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what a great lineup. uncharacteristic for a 21 year old but I love Hall and Oates. and nelly influenced me to patronize the rap game. In Pittsburgh we had OAR, Luke Bryan, Steve Miller Band and Collective Soul-more of my favorites
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It’s almost worth a season ticket just for the music they have, great stuff to look back at and remember….

-peter

Phillies Outside

Matt,
Those are great concerts too. Luke Bryan is one of those up and coming Country singers, and you can never get enough of “Fly Like an Eagle”.
I know some people throw using concerts to get fans into the seats as showboating and extreme,but if it works…do it!
Hopefully my food posioning from this weekend will be done by Wednesday and I can post the last installment of the 2010 Rays Concert photos.

Rays Renegade

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Peter,
The Rays actually have a program set up where you can purchase tickets to just the Saturday games. I would consider that the baseball/music combo package myself.
Not sure if it includes the wristbands for the field, but it would be worth the time to at least get the Sat pack just for the great music.

Rays Renegade

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