BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Preakness 2011 is only 10 weeks away. Excitement is building, especially after the Maryland Jockey Club announced this year’s musical acts coming to the infield.
Mary Bubala reports Grammy winner Bruno Mars and Grammy winner Train will headline this year’s Preakness infield concert at the Pimlico Race Course.
“We go through a process and see who’s available, who’s not and work our way through and, knock on wood, we were very fortunate this year, I believe, to get two of the best acts out there,” said Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas.
The 136th running of the Preakness Stakes will be held May 21. This will be the third year that well-known musical acts are being brought in for the day-long party that now bans patrons from bringing in their own beer to the infield. The move hurt attendance, shrinking the crowd to just 78,000 in 2009.
Other acts that will be featured are regional rockers Mr. Greengenes and country singer Phil Vassar. Infield tickets are $40 in advance.