?uestlove – of the information i can say, it is that Philadelphia is one lucky city. this summer alone will see 3 music festivals: The Roots Picnic, Wawa’s Welcome America 4th Of July Extravaganza, & for Labor Day? Budweiser & his Hovness will bring you a two day festival, with an artist roster big enough to rival Philly’s Live Aid from 85. entitled Made in America. We can safety assume that Jay Z will headline said event. (if i name the other 30 acts scheduled to appear (you’ll all have to wait til next monday for that news) i will have officially become Hov’s 100th problemo and Nutter will Osage Ave up my momma’s home) Let’s just say I’ve seen the roster wish list fand i gotta say that of all the major players this year in America (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Essence) THIS one is the sure shot bullseye festival. i’ll be there whether I’m —ahem working it—or not working it. portion of the tickets sales will go to charity (United Way of Greater Philadelphia & South Jersey—-thank GOD cause lord knows we need this star power to raise money for them) ticketmaster and live nation will have tixs on sale May 23rd Fairmount Park aint seen this much love since The Fresh Prince sang about its beauty in “Summertime” see y’all Sept 1st and 2nd folks!
So this has been the big news over the weekend with Jigga and the fourth Sugar Hill Gang member, Mayor Michael Nutter, on the Art Museum steps this morning to announce this Budweiser “Made in America” festival. HUGE news. I was at Live 8 at the Art Museum in back in ’05, and I remember thinking that Philly had never seemed so beautiful to me. Maybe it helped that I was pretty stoned a lot of the time, but I remember Philadelphia at its best. No violence. No bullshit. Just a MILLION people watching a ton of superstar music acts in great weather all getting along. Plus I got to see Will Smith shut the whole concert down by performing the Fresh Prince theme song. Lifetime memory.
Thirty acts and ?uesto is giving us the word that it’s gonna be better than Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, etc? While the $99 asking price is a bit more than the $FREE.99 it cost to go to Live 8, I don’t see how I (or any music fan in the area) could miss this. Gotta respect Jay for ALWAYS (for whatever reason) having one foot in Philadelphia. Maybe we can have some sort of Barstool Philly event attached to this. If you got ideas let me know.
Seriously though, Budweiser: HOLOGRAMS. DO IT.
“Step aside, Freeway”