The first-ever 'Made in America' Music Festival, hosted by Jay-Z, took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this past weekend with continuous musical entertainment for two full days. Jay-Z himself (left, above) headlined Day One of the festival with an awesome performance and even brought out special guest Kanye West (right) to help him close out the show. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jay-Z chose Philadelphia for his first-ever blockbuster “Made In America” Music Festival, and it was a smash success.
This past weekend, September 1-2, the festival took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with nearly 30 musical acts, awesome guest appearances from huge A-listers, great food, beer and a weekend-long reminder of how well Philadelphia knows how to throw a party.
It was a pretty awesome festival. Below, we recap some of the action with some shots from the two days of the festival, including photos from some of the star performers, a look at the crowds that gathered here in Philadelphia for one of the year’s biggest musical events and more.
It’s definitely very cool that the “Made in America” Festival happened here, as opposed to New York, D.C. or any other city in the country for that matter. So a huge thank you to Jay-Z for bringing the festival to Philadelphia, and to Mayor Nutter for making it happen.
We’re already looking forward to next year…
Some 50,000 spectators turned out each day to watch performances across two stages and a massive dance tent. Here's the view from in front of the main 'Rocky' Stage looking back down the Parkway. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
One of many artists repping Philadelphia was rapper Meek Mill, who helped get the crowd going on Day One with the Maybach Music Group. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
The festival made sure to have some local flavor with food trucks like Guapos Tacos, Hub Bub, Gigi's and Big R, and Vernalicious lining the Parkway to feed hungry fans. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
As night fell on the Festival's first Day, the crowds packed in front of the main stage area to catch Jay-Z's headlining performance. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
And Jay-Z delivered. The superstar, who was the mastermind behind the whole event, closed out Day One of the festival with a pretty great hour-long performance before bringing on some special guests. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
Scenes from Day Two, below.
Filmmaker Ron Howard, who was documenting the festival for an upcoming film, hung out with Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce backstage. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Philadelphia-bred Santigold rocked the stage on Day Two, even grabbing a bunch of fans from the crowd to join her on stage for a song. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
Another performer from Philadelphia, Jill Scott performed on the Rocky Stage on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
The Liberty Stage, pictured here, was the festival's second stage and featured a pretty awesome skyline view as the backdrop. Skrillex, The Hives, and The Dirty Projectors were among the artists that performed here. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
On Day Two, Run-D.M.C., performing for the first time together in more than a decade, closed their set with 'Walk This Way,' with Jay-Z watching and cheering from the front row of the crowd. (Photo by M. Edlow for GPTMC)
Pearl Jam headlined Day Two of the festival with a great two-hour set; they were joined by Jay-Z himself and treated fans to a pretty special version of Jay's '99 Problems.' (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
As a bonus, we’ve got a few clips from the show below.
On Day One, on the main stage, Passion Pit closed their 45-minute, late-afternoon set with “Sleepyhead.”
On Day Two, Run-D.M.C., performing for the first time together in more than a decade, closed their set with “Walk This Way,” with Jay-Z watching and cheering from the front row of the crowd. Pretty awesome.
So yea, Made in America 2013, right? Let’s make it happen…