Concert Added to Black-Eyed Susan Day Lineup

Concert Added to Black-Eyed Susan Day Lineup
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Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

The Maryland Jockey Club announced that Counting Crows, The Fray, and Annie Bosko will perform live in the public infield at Pimlico Race Course, beginning in the late afternoon May 16, Black-Eyed Susan day at the Baltimore track.

Counting Crows has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multi-platinum breakout album "August and Everything After" in 1993, and is currently finalizing their seventh studio album scheduled to be released in fall 2014.

The Fray released its fourth studio album, "Helios" Feb. 25, and Billboard named it "one of the most highly anticipated releases of the season." Bosko was a semi-finalist on season 8 of American Idol and has performed as opening or backing vocal slots with Darius Rucker, Adele, Josh Groban, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, and Josh Turner.

Tickets for the concert will be $40.

A two-day Infield combo ticket for Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days is available for $90 through April. Lorde will headline the main stage at Preakness InfieldFest May 17. The Preakness day concert features seven acts leading up to the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

First run as the Pimlico Oaks in 1919, the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies is the co-headliner on a 13-race card that also features the historic Pimlico Special (gr. III). The program includes a jockey challenge between seven active Hall of Fame riders and the fifth annual Lady Legends For the Cure Race.

"The evolution of Black-Eyed Susan Day is something we are very proud of," said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. "The weekend is now positioned as one of the most unique entertainment experiences anywhere, combining the highest level of racing and first-class music on both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days."

Last December, Pimlico announced a new Black-Eyed Susan branding campaign in support of issues important to women year-round: Empowerment 360.

"The Maryland Jockey Club is committed to the empowerment of women and supports a platform to honor their strength and spirit," added Chuckas. "Black-Eyed Susan day represents that platform by championing causes related to health education, career relationships, and family."

The 2014 beneficiaries will be the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Baltimore-based Suited To Succeed.

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