Intentional or not, the second annual Made in America festival set for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway presents a diverse make up of this country’s musical output.
There’s the charttopping R&B pop from Saturday’s headliner Beyonce as well as from Miguel. Then, there's alternative rock by Sunday’s headlining act, Nine Inch Nails as well as Queens of the Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, The Gaslight Anthem, Fitz & the Tantrums, Walk the Moon, Wavves, Cloud Nothings and Haim.
A range of hip-hop styles and content is represented by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Public Enemy, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz, while electronic dance music can be found among Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Porter Robinson.
France’s Phoenix also plays Made in America. The group’s catchy pop style has been embraced by critics and consumers in this country, and its frontman is married to a U.S. citizen. So, it fits the overall Made In America concept on a technicality.
The only name missing from this year’s event is co-founder Jay Z. While he isn’t listed as a performer it wouldn’t be a surprise to find him onstage with Beyonce or one of the other acts. Apparently, his absence is meant to allow the fest to grow as an event on its own merits rather than on his superstar popularity.
There will also be livestreaming of performances at the fest’s official YouTube page http://www.youtube.com/madeinamericafest as well as live audio at its official Spotify page http://open.spotify.com/user/madeinamericafestival and on Myspace https://myspace.com/budweisermadeinamerica.
Finally, on Oct. 11 Showtime presents a new documentary on Made in America’s 2012 debut. Directed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, it features interviews with Jay Z, Run-DMC, Janelle Monae and performances by Pearl Jam, Kanye West, Passion Pit and Jill Scott.
Before its airing on the cable channel, the doc will screen on Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
For more information on Made in America, visit http://www.madeinamericafest.com.