BALTIMORE, 02-03-12---The Maryland Jockey Club today announced 2012 Preakness InfieldFest will include performances by Grammy Award nominees Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa. Both artists will play extended sets on the main stage in the public Infield on Saturday, May 19 at Pimlico Race Course when the Maryland Jockey Club, North America's oldest sporting organization, hosts the 137th renewal of the Preakness® Stakes.
Maroon 5 won a GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2005 and is currently nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group for “Moves Like Jagger”, which also features Christina Aguilera. Lead vocalist Adam Levine and Aguilera are coaches on the popular NBC talent show program"The Voice".Maroon 5, who were named Favorite Band at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards in January, has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide.Additional information on the band can be found at http://www.maroon5.com/, http://www.facebook.com/maroon5 and https://twitter.com/maroon5.
Wiz Khalifa is nominated for two GRAMMY Awards: Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Black & Yellow”, his single that peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 3 million digital copies since release. Khalifa’s recent single “Young, Wild & Free”, which also stars Snoop Dogg, recently reached Platinum status. Additional information on the 24-year-old can be found at http://www.wizkhalifa.com/, http://www.facebook.com/wizkhalifa and https://twitter.com/RealWizKhalifa.
“The InfieldFest brand, now in its fourth year, is all about first class music for the region’s most celebrated party at an historic and iconic sporting classic. The multi-celebration festival experience promises a variety of music and entertainment, including the return of the hugely popular MUG Club,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “There is plenty for fans to do all day long. The Preakness Infield has become a rite of passage for generations in the mid-Atlantic region. Nowhere else can you listen to great music and soak up the party atmosphere that is InfieldFest at such low prices, capped off by the constant action of live racing that is Preakness Day.”
GRAMMY winners Bruno Mars (2011), Train (2011) and Zac Brown (2010) have performed on the main stage at InfieldFest in previous years as well as Rock and Rock Hall of Famers ZZ Top (2009), Buckcherry (2009) and O.A.R. (2010). Renowned independent promotion and production company, I.M.P., of the legendary 9:30 Club and Merriweather Post Pavilion, has booked and produced the InfieldFest main stage since its inception in 2009.
In addition to the main stage headliners, Preakness InfieldFest will feature live music from top acts on a second stage, presented by Jägermeister, a variety of activities and a slew of Maryland-branded food and beverage concessions. The Jägermeister stage acts will be announced at a later date.
Two 160 feet MUG Club areas will be available and easily accessible for the second consecutive year. For an additional $20 to a regular admission to the public Infield, fans receive a souvenir mug for unlimited refills of beer. As in all prior years, the Maryland Jockey will continue to work closely with its beverage partners to ensure that responsible drinking policies and protocol is in place for all Preakness fans.
Infield Tickets will be reduced to $40, with a MUG Club package $60 until 7:30 a.m. Monday, February 6 before prices are returned to $50 (Infield Ticket) and $70 (MUG Club).
NO beverage of any kind (cans or bottles), including alcohol, soft drinks and water will be allowed to be brought into the public Infield. Coolers and backpacks, containing food, will be permitted in the Infield but coolers larger than 28"l x 15"w x 17"h will be prohibited. Beach blankets and suntan lotion, cellular phones, cameras (up to 35mm), camcorders, binoculars and lightweight plastic lawn chairs are also allowed in the Infield.
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 121,263 for the pivotal middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown at famed Pimlico.
The greatest three-year old horses in the history of racing have thundered down the stretch at "Old Hilltop" in their quest for the Woodlawn Vase, the most valuable trophy in American Sports, including Man o’ War, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Rachel Alexandra.