Jay Z and Budweiser close out Summer Festival Season with a (literal) splash…
Budweiser’s Made In America Fest Closes Out Summer Festival Season
Jay Z and Budweiser’s Made In America music festival has begun to serve as the unofficial end of summer, closing out festival season by bringing music fans from all over the nation to together for hip hop, rock, and electronic acts (paired with food trucks and carnival rides) on Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway. The east coast iteration of the iconic music fest featured appearances from little-known, up-and-coming acts such as The OBGMs, culminating in appearances from industry heavy-hitters like Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, And Steve Aoki.
Day One found festival goers grooving to the smooth sounds of Mayer Hawthorne and the classic Hip Hop of Big Daddy Kane:
Then moving on to hits and social commentary from J. Cole:
Before finally closing out with yet another iconic (and only lightly rant-laden) performance from Kanye West:
Hit the flip for day 2’s wet & wild recap.
Day two opened with ominous clouds and “future trill” sounds from Mimosa, followed by West Coast rap from fellow Californian YG:
Turns out the clouds were very telling; storms shut down the festival just as soon as indie rock band Spoon got their set started on the Freedom stage.
After fans were thoroughly soaked by violent thunderstorms and torrential downpours that lasted well over an hour, the grounds were re-opened just in time for Girl Talk and Freeway to send balloons bouncing and toilet paper flying over the dripping crowds to the mashed-up sounds of hip-hop, funk, rock, and almost any other genre you can think of:
Hit the flip for the remainder of day two’s festivities
Next, Pharrell made sure everyone got “happy” once again, treating the audience to cuts from his GIRL album and renditions of classic collabs with Snoop, Nelly, and of course, skater anthems from N.E.R.D.
The night went on to close (rainshower-free) with EDM sounds from Tiesto and an anthemic comeback performance from Kings Of Leon.
Thank you, Uncle Hov! Until next year…
Rachaell Davis / Rivea Ruff