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May 13, 2010

A guide to this year's Preakness

looooook at the tiny horseyman!Pssst -- wanna sneaky preaky at tomorrow's Live! weekend section? I know you do, and you're in luck.

I wrote a big piece about the split personalities of Preakness. There's the vile infield and the prim and proper pavilion.

Dig it.

It's more than just that, though. It's a cheat sheet -- a guide for revelers, with everything from drink prices to stage locations and set times ...

For example:

This year's musical roster, which features the Zac Brown Band and O.A.R., is sure to appeal to more people than last year's. Be prepared to ping-pong between the two stages at either end of the infield, because none of the performances will overlap. Each band will play a full set — unlike last year, when some of the shows were cut short to accommodate the races.

DJ Yummy gets things rolling at 8 a.m., Mr. Greengenes goes on at 9 a.m. and the music continues until 5:30 p.m. Need more entertainment? The infield will also have an oxygen bar, foosball, air hockey, beer pong and cornhole tables, a tent offering wagering advice, a volleyball tournament, bikini contest and scavenger hunt. They're also giving away a ton of prizes, including iPods, iPads and meet-and-greets with the bands.

It might be the cover story. It might not be. You'll just have to pick up a copy and see. Ha. Like anybody reads the paper anymore. 

Hee hee.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina Perna)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:34 PM | | Comments (5)


What times do ZBB, OAR and Collective Soul play?

Yeah Sam, where's the set times you mentioned? I checked Zac Brown's site and it says 10 am (which I find hard to believe) and OAR's site doesn't say. Hook it up Sam!! I have another commitment in the afternoon but would consider still going for part of the day if I knew who plays when.

The folks at Pimlico aren't divulging set times, but consider this: OAR is the headliner, the live music starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m., and the performers are Mr. Greengenes, Jason Michael Carroll, Zac Brown, Collective Soul and OAR. Do the math and you can get a handle on what the set times are.

Got it

According to a Sun article...3 beer trucks in the infield (70 kegs each)

165 beers in a keg

3 x 70 x 165 = 34,650 beers???

Sam, if this is correct there will be a lot of unhappy preakness goers.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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