The Budweiser Made in America Festival has returned to Phildadelphia for 2014, with an expansion to include Los Angeles for the first time this Labor Day weekend. The two-day music festival at Benjamin Franklin Parkway opened its gates at noon on Saturday, August 30, with the music commencing at 1:15 p.m. Twenty-four artists performed across four festival stages, providing non-stop entertainment until midnight.
Made in America is the first music festival to operate simultaneously on both coasts, with a number of the artists performing alternate nights at both events. Kanye West headlined on Saturday night in Philadelphia, while The National, Steve Aoki, J. Cole, Chromeo, and City and Colour were among the day's highlights.
Sunday's Philadelphia lineup will include Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, Kongos, Tiesto, Girl Talk, Spoon, Grimes and Bleachers. Rappers Danny Brown and YG will also be worth checking out.
Founding partner Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter personally curates the yearly lineup to include a cross-cultural blend of musical talent. The Philadelphia event benefits the United Way organizations of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, Penn. The Los Angeles festival will benefit the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The primary goal of Budweiser Made in America is to have a positive impact on the communities involved, with an end-result to positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in these regions.