The Made in America music festival takes over the Parkway again this weekend. Mentioning the arrival of a music festival is kind of like saying, “It’s supposed to snow this weekend:” For some, the news inspires a flurry of squeals and jumping for joy, and for others, it inspires the urge to lock themselves in the safety of their homes until it’s over. But regardless of how you feel about music festivals, I’m betting you’ll enjoy this music-festival inspired playlist.
This week, we’ve loaded the workout playlist with artists that will be playing at Made in America, like Kanye West, Grimes, Pharrell and more. Plus, for your listening pleasure, we’ve sprinkled in some songs that just scream “America”—think Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Krativz and the Beach Boys. So whether you’re braving the Parkway to get your sweat on along Kelly Drive this weekend or just dancing in your crowd-free living room, these beats will keep you moving.
The city has started closing down roads around the art museum in preparation for this weekend’s “Made in America” music festival.
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August 30th and 31st: Made in America
Ben Franklin Parkway
There are only two places to be this Labor Day weekend: the Jersey Shore, or the Parkway, where Jay Z and tens of thousands of his closest friends will finish out summer concert season with the third annual installment of his huge two-day music festival. This year’s co-headliners are Kanye West and Kings of Leon, with Pharrell, Girl Talk, the National and De La Soul among the many other acts that made the cut. Though our friends in Fairmount hate MIA, we have to say we’re sold on it. But we do have one modest proposal: a couple of satellite stages in cool places like FDR and Penn Treaty parks, where local bands can share the stage with some of the bigger boys and girls. Are you listening, Mr. Z?
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Rapper A$AP Rocky has been sued by a woman who says he slapped her at last year’s Made in America concert on the Parkway. She’s seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
In the lawsuit, which also names Live Nation and unnamed security members, Lisamarie Wade says A$AP Rocky and his entourage walked toward her and slapped her for no reason on August 31st of last year. Rocky is the most prominent member of the Brooklyn-based A$AP Mob hip-hop collective, which has 16 members with confusingly similar names.
Wade attempted to file a private criminal complaint against Rocky last year, but she eventually decided to withdraw an attempt for criminal charges.
This morning Jay Z and Beyoncé ended months of speculation that they would be touring together by announcing details on their “On the Run” tour. The 16-stop summer tour will reach cities throughout North America, including Philly on July 5th. According to Huffington Post, “the tour was supposed to be called the ‘Mr. and Mrs. Carter Tour.’ Instead, the concerts will file under the ‘On The Run’ moniker, a reference to the pair’s collaboration on Jay Z’s most recent album, Magna Carta … Holy Grail.”
Jay-Z joined the mayor of Los Angeles today to announce that he’s bringing Made in America to L.A. in 2014. The two-day concert will be held Labor Day weekend, running simultaneously with the one in Philly. (So I guess this means we’ll have to fight over Beyoncé?)
Live Nation will produce both festivals, showcasing performances that will be available via live-streaming to fans across the country.
The entertainment lineup has yet to be announced, but you can follow updates on the new Made in America: Los Angeles page.
For $99.50 pre-sale passes to Philly’s Made in America, purchase tickets on Ticketmaster with promo code “BMIA2014.”
As Philly waits with bated breath over the lineup for this year’s Made in America festival, social media is buzzing with some juicy rumors about who is going to take the stage during what is becoming an annual Labor Day weekend tradition on the Parkway. For those Ms. Carter fans who didn’t get to see Queen B last year, you might be in luck.