On The Town

Sam Hunt, Good Charlotte, and Locash to Perform at Preakness 2017

Performers for InFieldFest are announced during transformative time for Pimlico.

By Lauren Cohen | March 8, 2017, 12:23 pm

Pop-punk rockers Good Charlotte, led by Waldorf native brothers Benji and Joel Madden, will headline the DeKuyper stage. -Courtesy of Good Charlotte
On The Town

Sam Hunt, Good Charlotte, and Locash to Perform at Preakness 2017

Performers for InFieldFest are announced during transformative time for Pimlico.

By Lauren Cohen | March 8, 2017, 12:23 pm

Pop-punk rockers Good Charlotte, led by Waldorf native brothers Benji and Joel Madden, will headline the DeKuyper stage. -Courtesy of Good Charlotte

Though rainy weather and muddy conditions at Pimlico Race Course cast a pall over the Preakness proceedings last year, we’re hoping for sunshine and springtime temperatures this time around. And with a lineup of diverse acts taking the stage at the annual Budweiser InfieldFest, the 2017 festivities promise something for everyone.

Pimlico owners The Stronach Group announced today that country singer-songwriter Sam Hunt, known for chart-toppers “House Party” and “Leave the Night On,” will headline the main stage at the 142nd Preakness Stakes held on Saturday, May 20.

Attendees can also expect to see local names, as Waldorf native pop-punk rockers Good Charlotte and country duo LOCASH—featuring Charm City native Chris Lucas—will take over the DeKuyper stage (previously the Jägermeister stage). Canadian pop-country act High Valley has also signed on to perform at Maryland horseracing’s marquee event.

"The Preakness is one of the most storied sporting events in American history," Stronach Group president Belinda Stronach said in a press release. "It is our goal to honor that history while continuing to modernize the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing by offering unique entertainment to engage a new generation of fans."

The all-day music festival, which has a reputation for uniting of-the-moment performers with local favorites, has previously attracted headliners such as Armin Van Buuren, Childish Gambino, O.A.R., Pitbull, and Maroon 5. Last year’s event featuring The Chainsmokers and All Time Low drew in a record crowd of more than 130,000.

InfieldFest tickets start at $90 and are on sale now.

The concert provides entertainment for spectators of the Preakness Stakes, the coveted middle jewel of the Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing.

This year’s festivities come at a particularly transformative time for the 147-year-old Pimlico Race Course, which recently made headlines when a report released by the Maryland Stadium Authority cited $300 million worth of renovations in order for the venue to remain the home of the Preakness Stakes. Though funding has not yet been determined, fans could see a fully renovated facility in years to come.




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Lauren Cohen is the digital senior editor at Baltimore, where she covers food, events, lifestyle, and community news.



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