Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays announce first 5 concerts for summer series
Posted Apr 9, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 9, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Kenny Loggins – May 11, Rays vs. San Diego Padres, 6:10 p.m.
With 12 platinum albums to his credit, Kenny Loggins has truly become one of the most iconic and enduring forces in music. He has recorded a number of smash-hit songs for movie soundtracks including “I’m Alright” (Caddyshack), “Footloose” (Footloose), and “Danger Zone” (Top Gun). Kenny enjoyed early success as part of the classic duo Loggins and Messina, selling over 16 million records which featured hits such as “Danny’s Song,” “House at Pooh Corner” and “Your Momma Don’t Dance”. Shortly after, Loggins moved on to enjoy a highly successful solo career which produced songs including “Whenever I Call You Friend,” “This Is It” and the 1979 GRAMMY-winning Song of The Year “What a Fool Believes,” co-written with Michael McDonald. Kenny continues to write and perform today, as passionate as ever about the music he loves.
Martina McBride – June 8, Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles, 4:10 p.m.
Since bursting onto the scene, Martina McBride has experienced tremendous success over the past two decades en route to becoming a country music icon. She has released 11 studio albums, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. Martina has won numerous awards during her illustrious career including being named the Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association on four separate occasions—tying her with Reba McEntire for the most ever. She has also won CMT’s Female Video of the Year award twice, putting her alongside Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift as the only artists to accomplish that feat. In the last 20 years, McBride has seen a number of her singles climb the charts, including “This One’s for the Girls,” “Blessed,” “I Love You” and “Independence Day.” Her most recent album, Eleven, featured songs especially personal to her, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” and “Teenage Daughters.”
Imagination Movers – June 16, Rays vs. Kansas City Royals, 1:40 p.m.
Four longtime friends (Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott “Smitty” Smith) came together in 2003 to form the Imagination Movers and have been living according to their motto, “Reach high, think big, work hard, have fun!” ever since. The Movers have entertained parents and children alike with their catchy musical style “that evokes the Beastie Boys or Red Hot Chili Peppers” featuring lyrics about healthy snacks, playing catch and conquering childhood fears of bedtime. The band has enjoyed incredible success filming three seasons of their hit TV show on Disney Junior, selling award winning CDs and DVDs worldwide and appearing on National Television shows including The View, Live with Regis & Kelly and Good Morning America. Their 2011 “In a Big Warehouse” tour attracted 150,000 fans and was one of Pollstar Magazine’s “Top 100 Tours of the Year.” The Imagination Movers have even bigger plans for their 2013 tour, saying, “Our goal is to make many kids’ first concert experience also one of their parents’ most memorable experiences. We hope everyone leaves needing a nap!”
Carly Rae Jepsen – July 14, Rays vs. Houston Astros, 1:40 p.m.
Canadian singer/songwriter and breakout pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen has taken America by storm after bursting onto the scene in the U.S. with her hit single “Call Me Maybe.” Unforgettably catchy, the hit song, which she co-wrote, quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it remained for nine consecutive weeks. Certified quintuple-platinum in Jepsen’s native Canada the track is also an international sensation, climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries while the official video has over 400 million YouTube views and the song has sold more than 10 million singles worldwide to date. Follow up platinum single “Good Time,” a duet with Owl City, climbed to No. 3 on the Pop Chart. New single “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” which Jepsen co-wrote with its producer Max Martin, is the new single from the singer-songwriter’s debut album, Kiss, which reached the Top Ten in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the UK. Jepsen won the 2012 American Music Award for Best New Artist and received two 2012 GRAMMY nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year.
Victoria Justice – August 18, Rays vs. Toronto Blue Jays, 1:40 p.m.
Twenty-year-old Victoria Justice began her acting career at the age of 10 and gained fame as a star of the Nickelodeon show Zoey 101 and later her own hit TV show, Victorious. Justice’s vocal talents are highlighted on the show’s soundtracks Victorious, Victorious 2.0 and Victorious 3.0, as well as the show’s theme song, “Make it Shine.” The first season’s soundtrack, Victorious, was released on August 2, 2011 and reached number five on the Billboard 200 Chart. Her 2010 single, “Freak the Freak Out,” has sold more than 600,000 copies on iTunes. Other singles include “Beggin’ on Your Knees” and “Best Friend’s Brother.” In addition to her successful singles and starring role on Nickelodeon, Justice starred in her first full length feature film, Fun Size, released October 26, 2012. Victoria says she “can’t wait” to hit the road this summer for her Here’s 2 Us tour.
Single game tickets for Rays 2013 regular season home games are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store (400 N. Tampa St.) and the Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com.
The Rays Summer Concert Series is produced by Ruth Eckerd Hall on the Road and enters its sixth season.