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Lorde to headline Preakness infield concert

Posted on 06 February 2014 by WNST Staff

GRAMMY WINNER LORDE TO HEADLINE 2014 INFIELDFEST CONCERT ON PREAKNESS DAY

Lorde To Make Her First Maryland Appearance At Pimlico

BALTIMORE, 02-06-14—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that double Grammy Award winner Lorde will headline the 2014 Preakness InfieldFest concert. The 17-year-old superstar will play an extended set on the main stage Saturday, May 17at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club, North America’s oldest sporting organization, hosts the 139th renewal of the Preakness® Stakes.

The annual running of the Preakness is an American institution. First contested in 1873, it is one of thoroughbred horse racing’s most valued Grade 1 stakes races. Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, “The People’s Race…The People’s Party” has hosted up to 121,309 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown at famed Pimlico.

Lorde earned Grammy Awards last month for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for her #1 single “Royals” and received nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for her debut album, Pure Heroine, which was released in September 2013 to commercial success and critical acclaim. The New Zealand native was one of fourteen artists selected to perform at the Grammy Awards and appeared on the cover of the January issue of Rolling Stone. Additional information can be found at http://lorde.co.nz/, https://twitter.com/lordemusic and https://www.facebook.com/lordemusic.

“Preakness InfieldFest enters its sixth year, now positioned as the region’s biggest, best and most unique party with first-class music and top-notch racing throughout the day,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “Lorde’s popularity is rising at a staggering rate from radio spins to social media to online plays and views. Her appeal cuts across multiple fan demographics and reflects the cutting edge talent fans have come to expect at InfieldFest. She is an extraordinarily talented artist and we look forward to welcoming her to Preakness InfieldFest.”

In addition to the main stage, Preakness InfieldFest will feature live music from top acts on a second stage, presented byJägermeister, and a variety of other activities. The Jägermeister stage acts and the other main stage performers will be announced at a later date.

Renowned independent promotion and production company, I.M.P., of 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion fame, has booked and produced the InfieldFest main stage since its inception in 2009. Additional information can be found on http://www.930.com/.

Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (2013), Maroon 5 (2012), Bruno Mars (2011), Train (2011) and Zac Brown (2010) have performed on the main stage in previous years as well as Pitbull (2013), Wiz Khalifa (2012), O.A.R. (2010), Buckcherry (2009) and Hall of Famers ZZ Top (2009): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwYGJ7MCw4s.

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Your Monday Reality Check: Can’t say enough about Preakness infield transformation

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Your Monday Reality Check: Can’t say enough about Preakness infield transformation

Posted on 20 May 2013 by Glenn Clark

Four years ago, I described the first ever Preakness “Infieldfest” event as a “miserable failure” in a column here at WNST.net.

It was a terrible event in 2009, as many former attendees chose to boycott the event after the Maryland Jockey Club boldly announced they would ban the longtime tradition of allowing fans to bring their own beer to the Infield to revel. Attendance dipped well below 100,000 for the day, as the infield area was practically barren and few were compelled to come see musical acts like ZZ Top, Buckcherry and Charm City Devils.

We love a good sports redemption story, don’t we?

It’s with that in mind that Preakness has officially surpassed Josh Hamilton as the best redemption story of the millennium. And not because Preakness is capable of hitting home runs in September, either.

The 2013 version of Preakness was absolutely fantastic Saturday at Pimlico, despite the weather not being fully cooperative. The event was festive, energetic, fun and most importantly an outstanding representation of Baltimore on a national scale. Now seeing what the Preakness has become, it’s hard to imagine the event was ever the embarrassing, dangerous frat party it was known as throughout the country in the 90′s and much of the early 2000′s.

Perhaps the most amazing part of what the Maryland Jockey Club has accomplished with their transformation of Preakness is that they managed to keep the already existing positive aspects of the event and actually improve them in the process of gutting the most seedy parts of the event. (Combined with the fact that that they’ve done it without the type of support from their ownership (The Stronach Group) that would allow for major infrastructure changes, whether they be to the facility or to the year-long pedestal the sport of horse racing can be placed on within the state of Maryland.)

I did my best to visit every part of Pimlico Saturday, from the barns to the corporate village to the clubhouse to the grandstand to the press box to the turn to the infield and even to the Sports Palace (admittedly they thought twice before letting me in there). I was blown away with the number of stories people would tell me about how they had made a trip to the infield during the course of the day.

There was the Cockeysville girl (Nikki) in her late 20′s who was sitting in her family’s box on the turn who told me she took a break from the all you can drink area to see Florida Georgia Line because she is a big country music fan.

There was the mid-30′s man from Towson (AJ) whose friends had seats in the grandstand but wandered out to the infield with his college buddies to see Chevelle. He told me he didn’t even really mind having to pay for beer because it was still cheaper ($4) than most events.

There was the 40-something sales exec from Pikesville (Dustin) I bumped into during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ main stage set. He was with a group that had a tent in the corporate village but told me it was nice to have the option to visit both spots.

There were the many Baltimore Ravens players (namely Torrey Smith, Arthur Jones, Justin Tucker, Michael Oher, Kelechi Osemele and Jameel McClain) who ventured seemingly everywhere around the track that I caught hanging around the stage as Pitbull was playing to a massive throng. I seemed to bump into these guys just about everywhere I went, including the huge Under Armour pavilion on the infield.

A neat thing about this entire group? They all talked to me at least a bit about horse racing. Whether they were asking me if I bought into Orb, trying to talk up another horse or even talking to me about some of the other races they had bet on during the course of the day, there was real horse racing conversation.

The Preakness infield has gone from the frightening spot where you would fear seeing your high school daughter end up to the must-attend place to be every May. It’s gone from the place where frat boy types up and down the east coast would descend simply because they knew the rules would allow for them to be a-holes to the place where young people from the Charm City region celebrate a rite of passage in the spring.

It’s not as if Infieldfest is without flaws, as the amount of alcohol consumed on the infield still allows from a few bad people to do questionable things. But it isn’t what Preakness once was. “The Running of the Urinals” is far gone and “the run to get tickets because we have to be there” is now very real. Just ask anyone who realized they missed their chance to join “The Mug Club” in the last couple of weeks.

I hope the MJC remains invested in upgrading Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico as well. I talk regularly about how special Kentucky Oaks day is in Louisville, and I believe there’s the possibility for the same to happen in Charm City. The partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the addition of live music (the Goo Goo Dolls helped bring a crowd of nearly 40,000 to Pimlico Friday) have been real upgrades, but more can still be done in the coming years by both the MJC and by the city of Baltimore to embrace the full weekend event.

I can’t say enough about how one bold decision made by Tom Chuckas and the Maryland Jockey Club ultimately reversed the course of Preakness forever. I criticized them in 2009. I was wrong. It took time, but what’s happened over the course of the last few years has been spectacular.

I can’t even imagine what the event is capable of becoming if Frank Stronach’s recent claims of major future investments in the track are truthful. I’ll admit skepticism, but I was also the guy that was more than skeptical of Infieldfest in 2009.

I was ultimately very wrong. I hope to be again.

-G

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Photos: Preakness quite the star-studded affair in Baltimore

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Photos: Preakness quite the star-studded affair in Baltimore

Posted on 19 May 2013 by WNST Staff

An announced crowd of 117,203 attended Preakness Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. A certain number of them were perhaps a bit more interesting than others.

A number of Baltimore Ravens were in attendance for Saturday’s event, including WR Torrey Smith, K Justin Tucker, OT Michael Oher and G Kelechi Osemele. Smith posted this picture of the group hanging out with one of Charm City’s finest…

Smith also posted this picture of himself hanging out with former Ravens LB/future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis…

Ravens DL Arthur Jones was also hanging out with the group, he and Tucker ended up posing for this picture with KISS’s Gene Simmons. You read that sentence right.

This was just before Simmons managed to photobomb D. Wayne Lukas’ celebration on NBC after Oxbow won the race…

And to wrap up the Gene Simmons portion of today’s show, his model/actress long-time girlfriend Shannon Tweed posted this picture claiming how much money she won…

Ravens LB Jameel McClain was also in attendance and he made some interesting hand gestures…

Maryland football coach Randy Edsall attended the event with his wife…

New Orleans Pelicans G (and former Terp) Greivis Vasquez was also seen hanging out near the Under Armour tent Saturday afternoon…

“House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey was at Preakness and spent some time with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley…

“The Good Wife” star and Baltimore native Josh Charles was also at Preakness, he even stopped to pose with our own Glenn Clark’s fiancé Margaret…

The Baltimore Sun snapped this photo of former Buffalo Bills quarterback hanging out at Preakness Saturday…

Other celebrities in attendance included Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, former NBA player/coach Avery Johnson, celebrity chef Bobby Flay, Towson football coach Rob Ambrose, former NFL coach/ESPN analyst Herman Edwards, former U.S. Olympic Gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, Senator Ben Cardin, former NFL Coach/Terrapins OL Mike Tice and more.

Platinum artist Pitbull headlined the Infieldfest festivities as pictured below. Other performers included Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Chevelle and Florida Georgia Line.

The biggest star of the day was surprisingly Oxbow, who stunned the crowd by winning the race while Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished 4th. Perhaps the best photo of the moment was captured by ESPN The Magazine…

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Afrojack, Rodney Atkins join Preakness weekend music lineup

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, 04-12-13—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that Afrojack will open the main stage at 2013 Preakness InfieldFest on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, while Rodney Atkins and Rachel Farley will perform at the Black-Eyed Susan concert a day earlier, May 17.

In the span of less than two years, Afrojack has become one of electronic dance music’s major icons. From humble DJ beginnings in his native country of Holland, he has grown to become a multi-award winning, platinum-selling producer. He made a name for himself with a slew of hard-hitting underground releases, before exploding in 2011 with the unveiling of “Take Over Control”, an instant worldwide club and chart hit that went platinum in the United States. Additional information can be found at http://afrojack.com, http://facebook.com/djafrojack and http://twitter.com/djafrojack.

Atkins has six #1 songs on his resume, including “If You’re Going Through Hell”, which was named Billboard Country Single of the Year in 2006. The 44-year-old, who was named the Country Music Association’s Top New Male Vocalist in 2007, most recently topped the charts with “Take A Back Road”. Additional information can be found at http://www.rodneyatkins.com/,https://www.facebook.com/rodneyatkins and https://twitter.com/RodneyAtkins. 

Farley’s debut single, “Ain’t Easy”, already ranks in the top 40 on the country charts. The 17-year-old Brantley Gilbert protégé was recently signed by Red Bow Records. Her debut album is due this summer. Rachel Farley’s performance is presented by Red Bow Records. Additional information can be found at http://www.rachelfarleymusic.com,https://www.facebook.com/rachelfarleymusic and https://twitter.com/rachelfarley.

“We are thrilled to showcase some of music’s finest artists, both on Black-Eyed Susan Day and at the Preakness InfieldFest,” said Pimlico president Tom Chuckas. “Premier music at Pimlico has now become a signature feature of our brand on both days, where fans can enjoy the finest in Thoroughbred racing, along with an unparalleled entertainment experience, at the one of the nation’s largest and most cherished weekends in sports.”

Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline the main stage with Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line and Kristen and the Noise performing on the Jägermeister stage. The annual running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) is an American institution. First contested in 1873, it is one of thoroughbred horse racing’s most valued Grade 1 stakes races. Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, “The People’s Race…The People’s Party” has hosted up to 121,309 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. Additional information can be found on www.preakness.com.

Grammy-nominated Goo Goo Dolls will headline the first-ever Preakness eve concert at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan day Friday, May 17. Pimlico partners with the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, for the The People’s Pink Party  on Black-Eyed Susan day, an event that launched in 2010 to raise funds and aid awareness and research for breast cancer. The day includes a 13-race program, headlined by the 89th running of $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3). Additional information can be found at www.blackeyedsusanday.com.

 

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Pitbull, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to play Preakness infield

Posted on 25 February 2013 by WNST Staff

PITBULL, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS TO HEADLINE INFIELD CONCERT ON PREAKNESS DAY

BALTIMORE, 02-25-13—The Maryland Jockey Club today announced 2013 Preakness InfieldFest will include performances by Pitbull and by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Both will play extended sets on the main stage in the public Infield on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club, North America’s oldest sporting organization, hosts the 138th renewal of the Preakness® Stakes. 

The annual running of the Preakness is an American institution. First contested in 1873, it is one of thoroughbred horse racing’s most valued Grade 1 stakes races. Now one of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, “The People’s Race…The People’s Party” has hosted up to 121,309 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown at famed Pimlico.

International superstar Pitbull has risen to become a global sensation as both a recording and performing artist. The Miami-native added to a long-and-growing list of hits with his first #1 and the 2012 Billboard Music Award for Radio Song of the Year, “Give Me Everything” from his album Planet Pit, which earned critical acclaim and enjoyed massive commercial success with sales of more than 1.7 million albums and 18 million singles. Pitbull has performed to sold out crowds throughout Latin America, Canada and Europe before bringing the party to the United States, Japan and Australia. Pitbull’s current single “Don’t Stop The Party” is a global radio and video hit and is also featured on his new album Global Warming. “Don’t Stop The Party” comes on the heels of Pitbull’s 2 million-selling single “Back In Time,” the chart-topping anthem from the action-adventure-comedy Men In Black 3. He kicked off the recent Grammys by presenting the first award for Best Pop Duo performance with Jennifer Lopez. Additional information can be found at http://www.pitbullmusic.com/us,https://twitter.com/Pitbull and http://m.facebook.com/pitbull?id=95051637400&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pitbullmusic.com%2Fus&_rdr.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have emerged as a premier national hip-hop group known for their electrifying live shows, expertly crafted music and innovative music videos. Last year was a banner year for the duo. Their debut full-length album, The Heist, shot into the #1 spot on iTunes and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts without the support of a traditional record label. While on their 70-city sold out world tour supporting The Heist , their catchy single, “Thrift Shop”, landed them at #1 on the Billboard charts. Additional information on the duo can be found at http://macklemore.com/, https://twitter.com/macklemore and http://www.facebook.com/Macklemore.

“InfieldFest at the Preakness enters its fifth year positioned as the region’s biggest, best and most unique party,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “There is no other event where fans can revel so completely in a multiple entertainment festival experience that features a legendary American horse race and first-class music with national headliners delivering non-stop action throughout the day. The Preakness Infield has long been a rite of passage for generations and 2013 promises to continue that tradition.”

GRAMMY winners Maroon 5 (2012), Bruno Mars (2011), Train (2011) and Zac Brown (2010) have performed on the main stage in previous years as well as Rock and Rock Hall of Famers ZZ Top (2009), Buckcherry (2009), O.A.R. (2010) and Wiz Khalifa (2012).

In addition to the main stage headliners, Preakness InfieldFest will feature live music from top acts on a second stage, presented byJägermeister, and a variety of other activities. The Jägermeister stage acts and a third main stage artist will be announced shortly.

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