With a rich history, four professional sports teams and a thriving entertainment scene, it has always been curious why Philadelphia was not home to a standout music event. That's about to change, as the Made in America Festival is set to come to City of Brotherly Love on September 1 and 2.
Anybody who picks up Made in America Festival tickets will be in for a treat. The two-day festival has attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry, and there is something for just about everyone. Held along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the first day of the event includes performances from the likes of Jay-Z, Skrillex, Passion Pit and Gary Clark, Jr.
While the first day is impressive, the second day more than keeps the momentum going. The closing performances include Pearl Jam, who is still rocking more than 20 years after bringing grunge to the pop scene. Fellow rock superstar Chris Cornell will also be performing along with up-and-comers Drake, Jill Scott and DJ Shadow.
While the talent may be the main attraction at the festival, there are so many more interesting points that make Made in America Festival a first-class event. The scene will be uber-green with recycling programs and other green initiatives. On the grounds will be a free filtered water program, mobile phone charging stations and gourmet food trucks … though you could get standard fare grub if that's what you're craving.
Though it's young compared to other festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella, there's no doubting the Made In America Festival will be a big success. If you haven't figured out what you are doing for the holiday weekend just yet, hit up the fest. Already have plans? Well then cancel them and head to Philly for a little holiday weekend phun!
Some big concert news today as Jay-Z announced he'll be headlining and curating Budweiser's 'Made in America' music fest this September in Philly.
The Live Nation event is co-sponsored by Budweiser and United Way and will take place over Labor Day weekend (September 1st & 2nd).
The full line-up is set to be announced on May 21st with tickets going on-sale on May 23rd.
According to the Live Nation press release, "the concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, PA and New York City, enabling them to invest more dollars into their regions, strengthening local communities and improving lives."
More from the press release here:
“This Labor Day, we will not only make history but we’re benefiting a great organization. ‘Budweiser Made in America’ will encompass every genre of music, creating and showcasing the only genre that matters, ‘great music.’ Budweiser and Live Nation are going to produce an amazing two days of performances, and it’s great to partner with United Way again to support all of the positive work they do in the community,” said Shawn “JAY Z” Carter.
The festival in Philadelphia will culminate following a summer of music parties in cities all across America, when Budweiser will invite its Facebook fans to experience talented local bands and artists. Budweiser, brewed across America, has a decades-long history of celebrating great American music.
“This festival will offer music fans from across the U.S. and beyond the biggest names in hip-hop, rock, dance and other popular genres this Labor Day,” said Rob McCarthy, vice president of Budweiser for Anheuser-Busch."
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