The Budweiser Made in America Festival came to a close for 2014, wrapping up simultaneous festival dates in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles on August 31. The Philly event took place at Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the third consecutive year. Kings of Leon and Pharrell were among roughly two dozen artists that performed across four stages on Sunday.
Saturday's perfect weather gave way to increased heat and humidity. An emergency evacuation was required when severe thunderstorms closed in on the festival grounds just after 6 p.m. Spoon's set was halted a few songs in and the entire festival grounds were efficiently emptied. The festival resumed within 90 minutes after the lightning passed, with Spoon resuming where they had left off.
Other key performances included Grimes, AWOLNATION, rappers YG and Danny Brown, and strong early sets from both Bleachers and Kongos. Throw in Kanye West, The National, Steve Aoki, J. Cole, Chromeo and City and Colour from the previous day and it's no wonder that MiA 2014 drew in excess of 80,000 fans this Labor Day weekend.
Look for Made in America to continue in 2015. Time will tell if the inaugural Los Angeles festival was as successful as Philadelphia, or if there are plans to expand the experience beyond the two cities.
Curated by founding partner Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, the festival benefits the United Way organizations of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, Penn., and 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.