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By Lindsay Gabler
When Jay Z stood on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall with Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier this year to announce that his Made In America festival was coming to Los Angeles, many L.A. residents were skeptical. Held for the past three years on the East Coast, this year the festival went bi-coastal, taking place simultaneously over Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia and L.A. But the festival's inaugural L.A. installment went off with a bang, drawing an estimated 34,000 attendees to downtown L.A.'s Grand Park.
The nearly 90-degree heat on Aug. 30 didn't stop me from catching the Metro to downtown to experience Made In America in my own backyard. As I walked into the festival grounds, the first artist I saw was L.A.'s own YG, who delivered some of his hits before a packed crowd, including "Who Do You Love?" and "Don't Tell Em" with Chicago rapper Jeremih. While I wanted to get more familiar with the festival's lay of the land, it was time for Capital Cities. We herded like sheep to the other stage just as the GRAMMY-nominated group kicked off their set. Capital Cities immediately had the crowd bopping their heads and dancing as they taught everyone how to do the "Capital Cities shuffle" and performed fan-favorites such as "Safe & Sound." By the time Iggy Azalea hit the stage, fans were sprinting over to catch her set. Azalea shined with performances of "Black Widow" with guest Rita Ora, who also assisted her on her smash "Fancy."
My most anticipated performance of the night was Kendrick Lamar and his Top Dawg Entertainment crew — Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, and Schoolboy Q. The hometown heroes were met with cheers as they each took the stage to perform, finally ending with Lamar. TDE shirts and hats were spotted throughout the crowd and fans were singing line by line as Lamar performed "Poetic Justice," "Swimming Pools" and "Money Trees," the latter featuring Rock. GRAMMY winners Imagine Dragons closed out the night with a percussion-heavy set.
Back for day two, Los Angeles natives Weezer delivered one of my favorite sets of the weekend. They glided through hits that had us wishing we were relaxing on the beach. Though some of their bigger songs were released as much as 20 years ago, fans of all ages were rocking to "Buddy Holly," "Undone — The Sweater Song" and "Say It Ain't So." Next, Juanes took the stage, thanking the city that he called his second home. As I surveyed the crowd, many fans had grabbed a partner and were joyfully dancing as the sun set.
At sundown, GRAMMY winner John Mayer made his way to the stage and performed all of my favorites, including "Gravity," "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room" and a cover of Beyoncé's "XO." Before his final song, Mayer told the crowd, "I'm here to see Kanye, too."
As we waited for Kanye West, fans were stumbling through the sea of festivalgoers to find a spot to catch a glimpse of Yeezy. From the moment the music began for "Black Skinhead," West had us in the palm of his hand and he did not disappoint, performing crowd-favorites such as "All Of The Lights," "All Falls Down'" and "Good Life." Also in attendance was Jay Z and wife Beyoncé, who made sure the first year of Made In America in L.A. went off without a hitch. And from the looks of this tweet, year two just might happen.
L.A. the people have spoken! No major incidents just GREAT music.70k 2 days. Philly 3x Made in America. In the heart of both cities! 90k.— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) September 1, 2014
(Lindsay Gabler is the Senior Marketing Manager, Social Media for The Recording Academy. In 2012 Gabler ranked in Billboard's Twitter 140, a listing of the 140 must-follow Twitter accounts in the music industry. Follow her @lndsygblr.)