If Hova builds it, they will come. Rap mogul Jay-Z is set to put another crack in the Liberty Bell by bringing his Budweiser-sponsored Made in America music festival to the fine streets of historical Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Taking place at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Fairmount Park during Labor Day weekend, September 1st and 2nd, the 28-act show will be akin to a smaller Lollapalooza.
Although only 19 of the acts have been officially announced, the line-up includes one of Pearl Jam’s only scheduled U.S. dates in 2012 and a set by Grammy-award winning dubstep king Skrillex. And, of course, Jay-Z will be one of the headliners.
Other acts include D’Angelo, Odd Future, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Passion Pit, Santigold, D’Angelo, Miike Snow, Dirty Projectors, X, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Rita Ora, the Knocks, Savoy, and the Maybach Music Group featuring Rick Ross, Wale and Meek Mill.
Jigga is curating the festival, which will feature the long-awaited live return of R&B singer D’Angelo and one of Pearl Jam’s only U.S. dates this year. Tickets for the show go on sale on Wednesday and more acts will be announced soon.
“Whenever I enter into a project, I try to hit on some touch points. The first thing is: Is it great?” Jay said in an interview on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “The second one is: Is it gonna push the culture forward?”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles