Another Labor Day weekend has come and gone and with it another year of Budweiser’s Made In America Music Festival in Philadelphia, curated by Jay Z, sponsored by Anheuser–Busch and produced by Live Nation. This year marked it’s 5th year of this annual 2-day event. And once again, the event featured 5-stages that continuously hosted live music from a wide range of genres including hip hop, rock, pop, R&B, and EDM.
While this year’s Made In America festival was threatened by Hurricane Hermine, it turned out to be a beautiful, sunny weekend of presidential proportions with former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia attending to watch performances by Travis Scott, Chance The Rapper and Coldplay.
Over 100,000 people attended this years festival, which offered more than just music by over 60 performers. There were carnival rides, games, a variety of food trucks, and an entire area devoted to Budweiser where they were giving away logo’d merchandise including a silk screening station where you were able to select canvas bags silk screened to order, henna tattoos, arm painting and so much more. Even McDonald’s had a huge on-site location where they offered all-day breakfast. There was even a burger cook-off in the burger and brews area.
DJ Khaled wished Beyoncé a happy birthday from the stage during his performance with Beyoncé and Jay Z enjoying the show from their skybox seats. Lil Wayne and 2 Chains performed as ColleGrove to a massive audience. Lil Uzi Vert climbed onto the video platform during his performance. Many of the artists enjoyed getting up close to their fans by performing in the crowd and Tory Lanez even had his fans help lift him up in the middle of the crowd. I think Jay Electronica get’s the fan participation award as he invited all of his fans to join him up on the stage — and they did. All of his fans jumped the barricades and climbed up on stage to celebrate this years festival with him.
We saw performances by new comers Symone and Levi Carter. And amazing performances by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Kevin Garrett, A$AP Ferg, Sir The Baptist, FKA Twigs, Dorothy, C-Kan, Banks & Steelz, Bryson Tiller, Lil Uzi Vert and so many others.
If you didn’t make it out to the Ben Franklin Parkway for this year’s Budweiser Made In America festival, we suggest you come out next year as it keeps getting better year-after-year. And if you have never attended this festival, we suggest you add it to your bucket list and join us here next year!
For more information on this annual event, check out the Budweiser Made In America festival website.
See you next year!