138th Preakness Stakes - Black-Eyed Susan Day Infield Concert feat. Goo Goo Dolls

138th Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race held every May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. First contested in 1873, the annual running of the Preakness is a classic American institution. The Preakness is the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. One of the largest single-day sporting events in the United States, the Preakness has hosted up to 121,309 people.

Pimlico will be awash in pink on Friday to help raise funds and aid awareness & research for breast cancer. Cheer on retired champion lady riders who return to the saddle for a "race with a cause" in the popular Lady Legends for the Cure IV. Catch the nation's finest fillies in the 89th running of the Black-Eyed Susan, and the top older horses competing in the 43rd Pimlico Special. Pick the winner in Pimlico's very first "Battle of the Sexes" Jockey Challenge, where racing's top men and women duke it out in four races for a top prize of $30,000. NEW IN 2013: Black-Eyed Susan Day Infield Concert featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, Rodney Atkins and Rachel Farley.

Don’t know a superfecta from a tote board? It’s not all about the horses. Preakness InfieldFest is a multi-entertainment festival featuring PItbull, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Afrojack plus bottomless beer in the popular MUG Club. Jagermeister Stage acts include Chevelle, Florida-Georgia Line and Kristen & The Noise.

Goo Goo Dolls

Grammy-nominated artists Goo Goo Dolls recently released “Rebel Beat”, the first single from their new album Magnetic due out May 7th via Warner Bros Records. Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, with 14 Top 10 Radio hits, more than any other artists in the history of the Hot AC format. They are the only artists to have songs on Billboard’s “Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012” chart, including the number One slot, for “Iris”.

If you're looking for an artist with the bona fide credentials to sing a country song, look no further. Rodney Atkins' latest album, IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL, captures every aspect of his life, from his humble, multiple-adoption beginning, to his rural east Tennessee upbringing, to his present-day, stick to your roots convictions.

Rachel Farley

Rachel Farley bleeds so much life into the songs she writes and performs that you'd swear she was at least twice her age. The 17 year old possesses a maturity and composure that far belies her age. She's been dreaming of becoming an artist practically since she was born, and has spent most of those years trying to make that dream happen. And the release of her debut CD, "The Truth," proves those years were not spent in vain.

The Georgia native is a fascinating study in contrasts, no doubt. It could have something to do with that wide range of influences she picked up growing up in a household listening to all types of music, from Pink to Patsy Cline. Or the fact that by the time she was 13, she was on the road playing 100 shows a year with just her guitar. But call it what you want -- the girl can sing. And for her, there was never a question about her calling in life.

"It was just always music for me," admits Rachel about her instant passion for performing. "I never had a question about anything else. Whether it was theater or singing, or whatever, I just loved being onstage. And my parents always loved music…my mom was very musical, and we listened to everything growing up."

Picking up a guitar at 11, she quickly took to the instrument and began writing songs about a year later. By junior high Rachel was ready to pursue her dream full-time. She played everywhere that would allow her to play, and soon, an invitation to perform at a songwriter's night would seal her fate as part of country music's future.

"My friend (songwriter) Bruce Burch asked me to play at this big writers night, and Colt Ford, Mike Dekle, and Brantley Gilbert were there in the round. Shannon Houchins from Average Joes Entertainment was there as well, so I met all of those people that night. After that, my relationship with them grew and eventually, it kind of all came together." It was just months later she got the invitation to go out on the road with Brantley Gilbert.

Armed with just her guitar and her voice, she had no idea how much the next two years spent opening for Brantley would prepare her for what lay ahead. "Being 14 with an acoustic guitar trying to catch the attention of bar crowds was definitely a challenge. You learn real quickly about what works and what doesn't. You have to learn how to entertain."

Rachel also had to prove herself to the industry as well because of her age. "Early on I always knew what I wanted my music to be and what I wanted it to sound like, but it took time for me to get it where I wanted it. A lot of people want you singing about butterflies and unicorns when you're 12 or 13, and I wasn't into that," says Rachel, laughing. "When I first started coming here, a lot of people would hear my songs and say, 'You know, we should go find you some age appropriate songs', and I'm thinking, 'I wrote this by myself in my bedroom - how can you tell me I don't understand what I'm writing?' It would really frustrate me."

At 15, Rachel entered the studio with producer/longtime friend Michael Knox to begin work on her debut album for Average Joes Entertainment. The resulting project, "The Truth," is about as far from butterflies and unicorns as you can get, with its songs inspired by rebellious streaks, impossible, stubborn loves, untimely deaths, and her years spent playing on the road. For Rachel, songwriting is like breathing, and honesty is paramount to the process. The self-proclaimed "Daughter of Southern Ground", possesses an uncanny ability to tap into life's most raw and real moments and put them down on paper and then channel them vocally, a talent she was undoubtedly born with.

A simple girl at heart, Rachel sees herself as a bit dorky and sometimes out of place in this complicated world. And she definitely isn't afraid to write about and challenge those universal hopes and fears we all have about fitting in and standing out. "I'm just quirky," she admits. "I don't see myself as cool. I guess people look at me and they see the leather or whatever, but I'm kind of a loser, really. I love fuzzy socks and I'm not afraid to go to the grocery store in my pajamas," she adds, laughing. "I'm a mix of everything. I'm tough as nails when I need to be, but I've got a real soft heart. I guess I would say I have an old soul, and I've never been one to do what everyone else is doing -- I don't necessarily fit, and that's okay. I can't put up an act or censor myself; I'm not good at that. I feel like you can see through someone who's fabricated. I really just try to lay it all out there, and I'm not afraid of showing who I am. Because I feel like if I have something to hide, I'm probably doing something I shouldn't be."

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138th Preakness Stakes - Black-Eyed Susan Day Infield Concert feat. Goo Goo Dolls with Rodney Atkins, Rachel Farley

Friday, May 17 · Doors 2:00 PM / Show 4:00 PM at Pimlico Race Course