Black-Eyed Susan Single Day Seating & Infield Concert
Black-Eyed Susan Day, Gin Blossoms, Fuel, Vertical Horizon
The Reagan Years, Margaret Valentine
5201 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21215
Doors 9:30 AM (event ends at 7:00 PM)
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Black-Eyed Susan Day
The Ultimate Girls Day Out
The day includes a 13-race program, including the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, Pimlico Special featuring entertainment, handicapping seminars, celebrity jockey autograph sessions, book signings & more!
For the third year the Girls Galleria returns, and features local women-owned businesses selling their merchandise at pop-up storefronts.
The day is highlighted by running of both graded stakes The Black-Eyed Susan, a race for three year old fillies and the Pimlico Special. The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes was previously won by racing legends Royal Delta and Silverbulletday.
Upgrade your Ultimate Girls Day Out and sip on all-inclusive mimosas with a Flute Club ticket for $40. Flute Club tickets feature exclusive access to the Flute Club Champagne Bars located on the Concourse Apron, grant access to the Girls Galleria and admission into the Grandstand & Clubhouse.
You won't want to miss Black-Eyed Susan Day, the Ultimate Girls Day Out, and the second biggest day of racing in Maryland!
Gin Blossoms exploded onto the music scene in the 90s with their quadruple platinum album 'New Miserable Experience' which yielded the radio mega hits "Found Out About You," "Hey Jealousy," "Allison Road" and "Until I Fall Away." They followed it up with another string of hits including "Follow You Down" and "Til I Hear It From You" (co-penned by Marshall Crenshaw). Gin Blossoms bring their infectious pop rock sensibilities back to Annapolis!
Fuel formed in 1993 while playing the club circuit in and around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The band signed to Sony Records and in 1998 released their critically lauded, debut album Sunburn with the massive hit single "Shimmer". Their second album Something Like Human took the band to a new level of stardom, hitting multi-platinum status driven by the singles "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage", which remained at #1 for ten weeks. In 2003 Fuel released their third record Natural Selection, and found success at radio again with the hit song "Falls On Me". At that point the band had sold over 3.5 million records in the U.S alone, and had scored a trio of releases with top five singles. The band had headlined its own sold out tours, as well as supporting the likes of Aerosmith and Kid Rock. But even what seems like the best of circumstances can prove to be difficult and unhappy with the direction and lack of unity inside the band, Brett Scallions amicably parted ways with Fuel in 2004. During his time away from Fuel, Brett continued to write music and toured with Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of the Doors. "When I left Fuel I was miserable, it did not feel like a band anymore," says Brett, continuing: "Unity was non-existent. Performing those amazing Doors songs with two legends, who are two of the architects of that sound was eye opening, life changing, and opened a whole new perspective on music and life. I realized much music is about freedom, and not being confined to formats." The new decade, some life lessons, and 8 years away from the band he helped create and always loved, gave Brett a new desire to re-launch Fuel. Armed with guitarist Andy Andersson, drummer Shannon Boone, and Shinedown bassist Brad Stewart, the new lineup took to the road to reignite "Fuelies", as their loyal fans are known. Fuel played to packed halls, sweaty rock clubs, and on festivals bills throughout the United States. The "Fuelies" wanted more, and they got it! In 2014 Fuel released Puppet Strings, on MRI/Red. Catapulted by the first single, the driving, hypnotic "Soul To Preach To", the album entered the Billboard rock charts at #1. The fans spoke loud and clear to the band and "Cold Summer" became the second single. The Fuelies were right, as "Cold Summer" became a staple on rock radio cracking the top 20 at rock radio throughout the summer, with a video that is a classic throw back to when rock videos were fun. "Rock n Roll is very much alive on this record," says Scallions, "Fuel is fully reignited, and it feels like we are just getting started."
Vertical Horizon was founded by Matt Scannell and Keith Kane in 1991, while both were attending Georgetown University. Initially a duo, Vertical Horizon recorded and toured extensively and released three albums independently, There And Back Again, Running On Ice, and Live Stages, before signing with RCA in 1999. Their first major release, Everything You Want sold 2 million copies with the title song hitting #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts. The song was the most played single of 2000. In addition to the success with "Everything You Want," the band also garnered continued recognition on radio with "You're A God" (#4 on Billboard's Adult Chart) and "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" which in 2005, also became a Top 20 country hit for Gary Allen.
Their follow-up album Go was released in 2003, but the merger of Sony/BMG left the band and the album caught in the proverbial shuffle. At the conclusion of the RCA relationship, the band signed with Hybrid Records and the album was re-released in 2005. Eventually, the band took a self-imposed hiatus to pursue individual interests. In 2007, realizing as Matt says, "there was more to do" and "thinking the timing was just right to start working on a new album," the band began writing and recording, Burning The Days. The album is slated for release on September 22, 2009 with the first single, "Save Me From Myself" recently sent to radio. The single has been extremely well-received and is currently climbing the Hot AC charts with strong airplay in McAllen, Modesto, Monterey-Salinas, El Paso, and New Orleans.
Independent of label constraints, Burning The Days was produced by Scannell and recorded at his studio over the course of the past 2 years. For the band, it was a complete return to their beginnings of working at their own pace and "nurturing those moments of inspiration." According to Matt, the album is "sonically as good as anything we have ever done. I take great pride in this album and feel that our renewed sense of creativity will resonate with our fans." The album also features virtuoso drummer Neil Peart of Rush on "Save Me From Myself," "Even Now" and "Welcome To The Bottom" as well as Richard Marx playing piano on "Here" and producing two of Matt's lead vocal tracks.
"I'm actually in a pretty positive place right now," says Scannell. "Of course I still have that underlying fear of everything falling apart and crumbling to the floor, but it is not the first thing on my mind, like it's been at times in the past." And so one of the main themes of Burning The Days is about finding balance in a journey from hardship to peacefulness – knowing that the up must follow the down, and vice versa. "It's about being okay with things going well, and also finding strength to get through the tough times."
The first single, "Save Me From Myself," is about "the danger of getting so lost in your own struggles and personal demons that you can't help the people you love, and you won't let the people you love help you. You're too far away in your own head to do anything but spin off in self-criticism and doubt. There's a lot of anger and frustration in that song." Conversely, "The Lucky One" is one of the album's most upbeat tracks, a fact that took the song's author a bit of time to get used to. "I'm usually wary of songs that have really upbeat messages, but this song resonated for me because I tend to be the last one to believe when things are really going well. Songs where everything is perfect and everyone's in love make me suspicious, but this song has enough of a gray area to feel real for me."
Other highlights on the album are "Afterglow," "All Is Said And Done" and "The Middle Ground."
The Reagan Years
This band of seasoned musicians recreates the sounds of the 1980s; a day when Ronald Reagan was President, M-TV first aired, CDs emerged, Acid Washed jeans were "Cool" and alternative music was called "New Wave". This period has resurfaced in today's entertainment industry. VH-1 has multiple segments echoing from the 80's Video Generation, radio stations across the U.S. feature artists from the 1980s in daily "flashback" programs while 1980s anthems have permeated TV commercials.
The Reagan Years has achieved "headline status" in both nightclubs and concert venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Other than a brief hiatus in late 1999, the talent that united in 1996 had been waving the 80's flag again ever since... As the region's premier 80s tribute, the band leads a high profile campaign which in 2010 included entertaining over 8000 for the Official Tailgate Party of the Military Bowl held at the DC Armory, headlining Big Night Baltimore, performing Harborplace's 30th Anniversary, and Frederick MD's 4th On The Farm Independence Day celebration with attendance approaching 11,000.
The recent accomplishments are part of the greater list of accolades starting with Baltimore's New Year's Eve celebration at Innerharbor amphitheater in 1998 and 2002 where thousands of people converged to celebrate. The band has been featured several years at large-scale concerts and festivals including Herndon, VA's Friday Night Live, Brambleton Concert Series, Gaithersburg Olde Towne Days, City of Bowie and City of Frederick, MD's Independence Day concerts, Harborplace Summer Concert Series, Power Plant Live in Baltimore, SunFest in Ocean City, MD, Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, Beer Bourbon and Bar-B-Q Festival at MD State Fairgrounds, King Farm, Rockville MD, Alive At 5 in Frederick, MD, Wine In The Woods in Columbia, MD, Tarara Vineyards Concert Series in Leesburg, VA, Reston Great Grape Festival, Frederick, MD's In The Street festival, the Maryland Seafood Festival and Polar Plunge in Annapolis. In 2003, TRY headlined the Mid-Maryland Music Festival at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick and was part of WHFS's sold out Classic Cracker show at Rams Head Live in 2005.
The group has drawn the attention of the Media. Several articles have been written about the band. TRY was featured in The Baltimore Sun , Washington City Paper Pop Quiz Washington City Paper article about DC clubs, The Frederick Post, twice in the Gazette (Gazette 1 and Gazette 2) and PA Musician magazine as the March 1998 cover story. The band was interviewed on Baltimore's WJZ-TV Channel 13 in preparation of their 2002 New Year's Eve performance. The band appeared on Frederick Cable's entertainement show, Out On The Towne.
In the corporate setting, the quintet is experienced in private gatherings, wedding receptions and holiday parties. Most Private Engagements remain confidential however this Fund Raiser drew press. The band has also shared the mainstage with 80's legends such as Starship , Uncle Kracker, The Psychodelic Furs, The Violent Femmes and Bow Wow Wow.
In 2008 and 2009, members of The Reagan Years performed as the hired back-up band for Eric Martin of MR BIG (multiple videos appear on YouTube)
TRY's stage show creates a party atmosphere filled with fun college and high school memories. Throughout a performance, the quintet changes lead vocalists and plays special requests from the Reagan era. Musical selections although diverse in style, all share the "common thread" of success during the 80's decade. The Reagan Years: no Voodoo Economics, just great music!
The Reagan Years are the East Coast's premier 1980's tribute band. This seasoned quintet helped pioneer the 80's tribute band concept in 1996 and have become one of the Mid-Atlantic's strongest drawing acts. TRY plays the greatest Pop, Rock, New Wave and Hair Metal hits of the Video Era.
It's a celebration of the music (not the wig, spandex or leg warmers) that has earned this band their position in the music scene. See why The Reagan Years is often imitated but never replicated.
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Margaret Valentine hails from Saratoga Springs, NY. Her songwriting takes you on a journey of love and it's illusions. It has a highly personal slant, rolling through the ups and downs of relationships while always keeping a hopeful eye on the future.
Margaret first met David Malachowski when he was newly playing with Shania Twain. She was writing and playing out all around the Capital District and NYC opening for Joan Osbourne, Tonic and various others.
She reconnected with Malachowski earlier this year with a fresh batch of songs. David was excited to produce her EP and enlisted the help of the very talented Gary Burke, Graham Maby, Dan Weiss and Lorenza Ponce. The recording took place at One East Recording in NYC and was ultimately mixed and mastered to perfection by Dae Bennett. The single Love and Affection is currently getting air play on WEXT 97.7 in Albany, NY and Margaret is also being featured in a weekly segment called the Local 518 as the spotlight artist of the week.
Margaret has also been signed by the music licensing firm WacBiz who will be presenting her songs for consideration of placement in films and television.
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