Jay-Z was in Philly yesterday alongside Mayor Michael Nutter to make the announcement of a HUGH 2-day Music Festival that will go down Labor Day Weekend.
VIA FOX 29 NEWS
‘Made In America’ Coming To Philly Labor Day Weekend
Acts To Be Named On May 21; Tickets On Sale May 23
Updated: Monday, 14 May 2012, 11:41 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 14 May 2012, 5:58 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA – It’s official: Jay-Z will be headlining and curating acts for a two-day concert coming to the City of Brotherly Love over Labor Day Weekend.
Nearly 30 artists “that embody the American spirit” will be performing across three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on Saturday, Sept. 1, and Sunday, Sept. 2.
Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Budweiser and the United Way joined Mayor Michael Nutter at the announcement Monday morning on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The event is being billed as “an exciting, two-day music festival in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend to benefit United Way and produced by Live Nation.”
“The eclectic roster of talent cultivated by JAY Z will be announced on May 21 and include acts ranging from rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance,” a news release states.
“We could not be more excited, and I’m pleased to announce that we will have a two-day festival here in Philadelphia the 1st and 2nd of September right out on the parkway featuring Jay-Z,” Nutter told the crowd, drawing applause from those who showed up despite a light drizzle. “We’re also excited that our United Way of Southeastern Pa. will be a participant and a recipient of great support from this event.”
Tickets for the “Budweiser Made in America” music festival go on sale on May 23 through Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com . A limited number of two-day tickets will be available for $99 (plus service charges).
Budweiser Facebook fans will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, May 22. To become a Budweiser Facebook fan, visit http://www.facebook.com/Budweiser .
Officials said the concert will benefit the United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, Pa., and New York City, “enabling them to invest more dollars into their regions, strengthening local communities and improving lives.” They expect the money will will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions.
The two-day concert festival will also be available to watch around the country via live-streaming. Details will be announced at a later date, officials said.
Jay-Z, who took the microphone last, thanked Budweiser, the United Way, Nutter and the city. The 14-time Grammy award winner said whenever he enters into a project, he aims for something great. Another one of his points of focus is, “Is it going to push the culture forward?”
“I think this concert will do that,” Jay-Z said. “I think Budweiser did that in the past with the ‘Superfest,’ when it gave a platform for artists to perform – mainly hip-hop and R&B artists, you know, when the opportunities wasn’t as plentiful as they are today.”
His third touch-point was whether the event does some philanthropic work, and he credited the United Way with doing some great things with his Carnegie Hall concert.
“Everybody knows my love affair with Philly from the amazing, talented artists I’ve signed from here … to the film work that I’m about to do with Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook (Entertainment),” Jay-Z said.
The founder of Rocawear and also co-owner of the New Jersey Nets said his final consideration is always whether a project will make his mother proud.
“I can’t do half-baked work,” Jay-Z said. “So, I’m really putting my all into this. I’d like to announce that we’ve already got like 70 percent of the artists confirmed. So, we’re working. It’s gonna be a great day in Philly. I look forward to seeing you guys. … Thank you guys for coming out. I appreciate you.”