The country band Little Big Town and the British rock band The Darkness will perform at the Preakness Stakes Infield this year, the Maryland Jockey Club is set to announce this morning.
The bands are the last piece of the live entertainment roster at the Infield. Maroon and Wiz Khalifa were announced as the headliners on the main stage two weeks ago.
Little Big Town and The Darkness, alongside Mid-Atlantic natives Mt. Greengenes, will perform in the so-called Jagermeister stage. All the bands typically have overlapping set-times.
This year's secondary headliners improve in star power on last year's bands, Puddle of Mudd and the musician Phil Vassar. For Mr. Greengenes, it will be the third time opening the second stage.
Little Big Town is a three-time Grammy nominee, and is a regular on the Billboard country charts. They're also accustomed to the US Triple Crown; in 2010, they performed the national anthem at the Kentucky Oaks, the Kentucky Derby's sister race.
The Darkness is best known as a one-hit wonder for the song "I Believe in a Thing Called Love." The band's lead singer, Justin Hawkins, quit the band in 2006 to treat alcohol and substance abuse, but all original members rejoined the group last March.
Hawkins was most recently seen during the Super Bowl, playing the band's signature song during a commercial for Samsung.
Last year, the Infield's performers were all announced at the same time. This year, information about the event has come out in bits and pieces, in line with what is described as a "crecendoing" strategy by Jimmy Learned, the managing director of Elevation Ltd., the Preakness's marketing firm.
Earlier this week, a new anonymous marketing campaign promoting two possible replacements for Kegasus as mascot appeared.
Update: On Friday, Power Plant Live announced the DJ Steve Aoki would perform at its own Preakness-day event May 19. Aoki last performed in the area at last year's Starscape festival. The show for long after Preakness is over, at 8 p.m. on Power Plant's outdoor stage. Tickets, starting at $20, are now on sale.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun