Music will set the mood for Preakness '94

May 13, 1994|By J. D. Considine | J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic

A horse race, by itself, doesn't call for much music beyond the race-starting bugle call. But this year's Preakness Celebration will feature no less than three major musical events.

First up is the Crown Central Balloonglow at Oregon Ridge Park tomorrow. This isn't just a concert -- the event will include children's games, hot air balloons and two hot country acts.

When the gates open at 4 p.m., there will be children's games, exhibits and refreshments available. At 5:45 p.m., Bobbie Cryner takes the stage, followed by Neal McCoy (see accompanying story) at 7. Once McCoy is finished, the audience will be entertained by the sight of nearly 50 illuminated hot air balloons "glowing" above the amphitheater.

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the gate, with children under 12 admitted free. Call (410) 550-9487.

Then, on Thursday, May 19, the Four Tops will perform at the Triple Crown Ball, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency at the Inner Harbor. Widely deemed the social event of Preakness Week, the ball is a black-tie event, and tickets are no longer available.

Finally, on Friday, May 20, the Coca-Cola Preakness Eve Jam will take place at the city's new Harborview Marina. Performers include The Turtles (remember "Happy Together"?), Paul Revere and the Raiders ("Kicks," "Indian Reservation") and Gary Puckett ("Young Girl"), as well as local bands. The music starts at 5 p.m., rain or shine, and tickets are $15. Call (410) 481-7328.

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