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By Tirsa Lori
It seems fitting that a two-day music festival aimed at bringing together people from various walks of life to enjoy live music would be held in the City of Brotherly Love.
The second annual Budweiser Made In America Festival, co-founded by GRAMMY winner Jay-Z, took place in Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Aug. 31–Sept. 1. With a diverse lineup that consisted of 40-plus acts performing on four different stages, there was music for everyone, spanning hip-hop, dance/electronica, rock, and R&B. The temperature was in the high 80s to low 90s throughout the weekend, with humidity levels hovering around 75 percent, but the heat didn't deter festivalgoers from lining up early to snag a good spot to catch their favorite band.
It was hard to contain my excitement as I made my way through the festival gates, only stopping briefly, as many others did, to snap a picture of the festival signage. Day one featured performances by artists such as 2 Chainz, Porter Robinson, Imagine Dragons, and Queen Bey, aka Beyoncé. 2 Chainz did not disappoint on the Liberty Stage as he engaged the crowd throughout his set, rapping along to hits such as "Birthday Song" and "R.I.P." From there, I maneuvered through picnicking fans and hightailed it to the Rocky Stage to catch Las Vegas alt-rock group Imagine Dragons, who soared through tracks off their debut album, 2012's Night Visions, including their Top 5 hit "Radioactive." Lead vocalist Dan Reynolds proved he's also a skilled percussionist as he pounded on large drums throughout the set.
After dancing to Robinson's set at the Freedom Stage, I headed back to the Rocky Stage to catch GRAMMY winners Phoenix and Beyoncé. The crowd pleaser of the night for Phoenix was their performance of "1901," which sent the crowd into a fit of cheers and screams. Shortly after, EDM star Deadmau5 rocked the house at Liberty Stage to a sea of Mau5heads. Fans were treated to glimpses of Jay-Z onscreen during Deadmau5's performance, which led many to believe there might be a special appearance by Mr. Carter. But Beyoncé later put those rumors to rest when she reminded us during her performance that we were "now at the Mrs. Carter show." Her set featured short films, costume changes and performances of hits including "Crazy In Love" and "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)."
The second and final day of the festival was also full of highlights. Wiz Khalifa brought his wife, Amber Rose, onstage and serenaded her while performing "Roll Up." During Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' set, Macklemore expressed how he's not always "proud to be an American" before advocating for equality and segueing into "Same Love." Queens Of The Stone Age proved they weren't sorry for party rocking as frontman Josh Homme noted his disdain for rules, and even gave security a piece of his mind after they forced one fan to dismount her boyfriend's shoulders.
Adding some humor to the day, GRAMMY winner Miguel — following his performance of "How Many Drinks?" — asked the ladies in the crowd how many drinks it would take for one of them to leave with him. Many screamed back, "None!" Calvin Harris' set was one big dance party aided by songs such as "Sweet Nothing" and "Feel So Close." Nine Inch Nails closed the weekend with a 90-minute set that opened with a performance of "Copy Of A," a track from their new album Hesitation Marks, and closed with a stunning performance of "Hurt."
After two full days of music, Jay-Z proved once again that he knows how to throw a party.
(Tirsa Lori is a Senior Accounts Payable Coordinator for The Recording Academy. In the past, she has planned different events at the University of Southern California, working with artists such as Bruno Mars and Omarion.)