Made In America Festival

September 7, 2012

34 performances, 3 stages, and only one weekend! Within the span of two days, 33 performers took the stage at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on September 1st and September 2nd for the Made In America Festival.

The Made In America Festival was a lively music festival that brought together a range of acts varying from hip-hop and R&B to Latin and dance. This whole festival was created by Jay-Z, who also headlined it.

There were three stages available at the festival: the Rocky Stage, the Liberty Stage, and the Freedom Tent. The 30+ performers would be performing on one of these stages at different times either on Saturday or Sunday.

Performers in attendance included Jay-Z, Skrillex, Prince Royce, Calvin Harris, Janelle Monae, D’Angelo, Drake, Run DMC, Rita Ora, Odd Future, and many more!

Jay-Z’s performance seemed to get the most buzz, with surprises that shocked and excited the crowd. The hip-hop artist opened his set with Made In America and after was joined by a cameo video appearance from President Obama. “Thank you Jay-Z for letting me crash your show,” the President said in his video message. He then proceeded to praise Jay-Z (pointing out that he was in fact on his iPod) and urged the crowd to register and vote for the upcoming election. After the video was over, Jay-Z then performed some of his best hits like “99 Problems” and “Big Pimpin”. What really surprised the audience was when Jay-Z was joined on the stage by Kanye West, then Common, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Swizz Beatz, and more.

With only a set time of less than 2 hours, Jay-Z sure knew how to make the most of the little time he had.

Another highlight of the event was the reunification of legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC. They performed a few of their greatest hits like “Peter Piper” and “It’s Tricky”.

The two-day music festival closed with rock band Pearl Ham performing their well-known tracks like “Alive”, Better Man”, and “Jeremy”. Jay-Z also joined the group for to perform a rocking version of “99 Problems”.

You can check out the video below of Jay-Z and Pearl Jam!


-Aisha R

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