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August 4, 2007
The second Virgin Festival returns from noon to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow at Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. Tickets range from $97.50 for one day to $450 for a two-day VIP pass, and are available through Ticketmaster, 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com. TRANSPORTATION: Parking spots on Pimlico lots are available in advance through Ticketmaster for $25. Organizers recommend using Baltimore's Metro system. A shuttle from the Rogers Avenue Metro station to Pimlico costs $1.60, or buy a Metro day pass, and the shuttle is included.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
Virgin Mobile FreeFest, arguably the area's most prominent music festival for the past eight years, will not take place this year, organizers said Tuesday. Virgin Mobile did not explain what brought about the decision to cancel the concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Howard County. But they had hinted in previous years that the free shows would not go on indefinitely. Merriweather officials said they would miss the concert. Seth Hurwitz, who runs the venue, said via email that he already is working to bring it back.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | August 6, 2007
Under threat of rain, about 32,000 fans reveled in the rock sounds of Velvet Revolver and the Smashing Pumpkins during Day 2 of the Virgin Festival. Yesterday came as a laid-back counterpoint to the nearly 42,000 concertgoers who flocked to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, sweltering in near-100 degree temperatures to hear the Police. About 500 overheated fans had sought medical attention Saturday, but only about 200 needed treatment by 6 p.m. yesterday, and then for various ailments, , officials said.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
The Moonrise Festival is getting a second chance. The two-day music festival is scheduled to take place Aug. 9 and 10 at Pimlico Race Course, according to festival partner Evan Weinstein.  Last June, Pretty Lights and Snoop Dogg were scheduled to headline the first-ever Moonrise Festival at Port Covington . Tickets were sold, the event was promoted but there was one problem: Organizers failed to obtain the necessary permits to put on a...
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 24, 2006
For an all-day outdoor "music extravaganza" with two stages and a tent blaring kinetic, wildly eclectic rock, the Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile at Pimlico Race Course yesterday felt surprisingly laid back. This was especially true before the sun went down. Sure, there was some crowd surfing at the front of the main stage, but that's no big deal. Walking through the crowd of teens and college-age students, with baby boomers sprinkled here and there, you had to be careful not to step on people sprawled out sleeping on the grass.
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By SAM SESSA | September 21, 2006
Information The Virgin Festival is Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. Gates open at 10 a.m. See virginfestival.com for more information. Tickets General admission tickets are sold through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com, 800-551-SEAT) and cost $97.50. You can also purchase them at 1st Mariner Arena (201 W. Baltimore St., 410-347-2020) or the Sound Garden (1616 Thames St., 410-563-9011). VIP tickets are $250 each and can only be purchased two at a time. They give you access to the VIP Grandstand, a fenced-in VIP stage area, commemorative T-shirts, parking for one car, VIP bathrooms and concessions.
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By Rashod Ollison | September 21, 2006
The trip is usually worth the wait. Every four years or so when the Flaming Lips release a new album, the art-rock band takes you on a downright crazy ride full of imaginative peaks and plunges. Ablaze with disparate textures and colors, the group's sonic adventures have been going strong now for more than 20 years. And they keep getting freakier. On At War with the Mystics, the Lips' latest CD, the Oklahoma trio does its usual thing: haphazardly melding styles ranging from funk to punk with quirky stops in between.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | August 2, 2007
Take the heart of Guns N' Roses, the soul of Stone Temple Pilots and add a shot of attitude from Wasted Youth, and you get the supergroup Velvet Revolver. With its driving throwback approach to rock, the quintet (lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Matt Sorum, all formerly of GNR; Dave Kushner of Wasted Youth; and lead singer Scott Weiland of STP) returns fully charged on the newly released Libertad. The album, whose title is Spanish for liberty and freedom, is the much-anticipated follow-up to Contraband, VR's multi-platinum 2004 debut.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | September 21, 2006
It all started in the middle of a sweltering summer day last year when two musician friends hooked up to shoot the breeze and jam. One guy, Jack White of the White Stripes, happens to be one of the most visible and eccentric stars to emerge from the indie rock scene in years. The other, Brendan Benson, is an acclaimed power-pop rocker whose work has yet to garner much mainstream attention. Together that day, the two interlocked their '60s rock-inspired sound and came up with a memorable ditty called "Steady, As She Goes."
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | August 5, 2007
The young woman in the floral sundress was shuffling in a line of more than 30 people, dabbing her forehead as she waited to get water from a drinking fountain. Behind her, Cheap Trick was thundering to almost 70,000 fans at the Virgin Festival yesterday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. If You Go Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile continues today with performances by the Smashing Pumpkins and 311 at Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. Tickets ($97.50-$450) are available through Ticketmaster, 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.
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By Don Markus | August 30, 2009
With an expected crowd of about 30,000 for today's Virgin Mobile FreeFest concert, motorists in the area of Merriweather Post Pavilion and The Mall in Columbia should expect delays. Police will be directing traffic on Little Patuxent Parkway, Brokenland Parkway, South Entrance Road and Hickory Ridge Road beginning at 10 a.m. Little Patuxent Parkway from Brokenland Parkway to South Entrance Road will be closed to through traffic from 8:30 a.m. to midnight. Delays are also expected on U.S. 29. Full access to The Mall in Columbia and Toby's Dinner Theatre will be available, though motorists should give themselves extra travel time.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,rashod.ollison@baltsun.com | March 24, 2009
Bromst Dan Deacon [Carpark Records] *** (3 STARS) Rolling in the dirt, his enormous glasses slipping off his face, his shirt wet with sweat, Dan Deacon led what felt like an electro-pop revival inside a packed sweltering tent at the Virgin festival at Pimlico. That was two summers ago, and he had just released Spiderman of the Rings, his national critical breakthrough. The Baltimore artist had long built his reputation in and around the city and beyond on shows like the one at the Virgin festival.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,Sun reporter | August 10, 2008
Sitting still was not an option. Thousands of live music lovers were torn between two stages yesterday at the third annual Virgin Mobile Festival at Pimlico Race Course. It was a popularity contest, with some of today's hottest musicians vying for the crowd's attention on two opposing main stages. The audience made the shape of a dumbbell: Two clusters of people at either end of the infield around the main stages and a stream of foot traffic steadily flowing in between. Some festivalgoers were flustered at having to pick between headliners Jack Johnson and the Foo Fighters.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,Sun reporter | August 9, 2008
At Woodstock, the rock moment that heralded today's mega music events, after days of peace, love and groovy guitar licks, fans and bands left behind a stunning mass of garbage, some pushed lovingly into the shape of a peace sign. The essence of rock rebellion then. Now? So uncool. When Virgin Festival opens today in Baltimore, young fans will carpool, buy carbon offsets and compost. They'll eat local, sip from cups made of corn and use recycled toilet paper. They'll take home sustainable cotton souvenir shirts and clutch programs printed with soy-based ink. At this, as at some other major outdoor concerts in the U.S. this summer, acts come and go but greenness is non-negotiable.
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By Sam Sessa and Sam Sessa,SUN REPORTER | June 17, 2008
In the past few years, shrinking album sales and illegal downloads have shaken up the music industry. But after a downturn in the late '90s, live music festivals are once again flourishing - offering some hope for a struggling industry. After the horrendous 1999 Woodstock and the subsequent sputtering of Lollapalooza, American music festivals looked all but done for. But now, festivals such as Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, a revitalized Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits Music Festival are grossing in the tens of millions, making them formidable revenue sources.
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By Sam Sessa ... and Sam Sessa ...,Sun Reporter | August 7, 2007
When Virgin Group founder and CEO Richard Branson announced this year's Virgin Festival lineup, he had high expectations. "This year, if we don't sell out the two days, I'd be very surprised," he said in March. Well, it didn't sell out the 120,000 two-day capacity. But about 74,000 people turned out for the second year of the festival, which featured The Police, Smashing Pumpkins, the Beastie Boys and nearly 40 other acts at Pimlico Race Course. Promoters and city officials say they are pleased.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | September 8, 2006
Virgin Festival at Pimlico It's a British Invasion of a different kind. The Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, one of the largest and most popular music festivals in the United Kingdom for the past decade, comes to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course on Sept. 23. The outdoor pop extravaganza includes several acts buzzing on both sides of the Atlantic. Among them: Scissor Sisters, the Killers and Gnarls Barkley. Plus, there's headliners the Who and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 23, 2007
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Surely there were some kinks to work out. Before the Police decided to hit the road this year, the '80s super-trio of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland hadn't toured together in more than 20 years. Early reviews of the much-ballyhooed reunion tour, which stops at Pimlico Race Track on Aug. 4 as part of the Virgin Festival, weren't so kind. The consensus seemed to be that the show was listless and self-indulgent. If you go The Police will perform at the Virgin Festival on Aug. 4 at Pimlico Race Course.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | August 6, 2007
Under threat of rain, about 32,000 fans reveled in the rock sounds of Velvet Revolver and the Smashing Pumpkins during Day 2 of the Virgin Festival. Yesterday came as a laid-back counterpoint to the nearly 42,000 concertgoers who flocked to Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, sweltering in near-100 degree temperatures to hear the Police. About 500 overheated fans had sought medical attention Saturday, but only about 200 needed treatment by 6 p.m. yesterday, and then for various ailments, , officials said.
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