When Jay-Z partners with Budweiser to put on a festival, he does it right; proving so with the Fifth Annual Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. Hand picking the line-up with co-founder Steve Stoute, the annual festival was held Labor Day weekend September 3rd and 4th. In the city of brotherly love, the line-up ranged from from hip-hop, rap, rock, EDM, to pop, making sure there was something for everybody to listen to and get excited about. Whether it was Rihanna, Coldplay, Collegrove (Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz), or Martix Garrix, music lovers could sit back, listen to music, drink Budweiser, and have an extraordinary time at one of the most diverse music festivals in existence. Made In America is a festival fans and us as well look forward to yearly because of the diversity. Consisting of five stages: The Rocky Stage, The Liberty Stage, The Freedom Stage, The Tidal Stage, and The Skate Park Stage; Despite the very windy and warm weather, and dust that whipped around with the wind; day one was ready to be a blast.
Day 1, began with Roc Nation signee and on the rise Rockstars, Dorothy. Starting off the day with a rockin’ set on the Liberty Stage, Starting the day is a hard job to do as they start just a little after the doors open, so not many people are inside yet. However Dorothy and her band did the job best, grasping fans attention as they ran by to go hold their spot on the Rocky Stage barricade to wait for Rihanna’s set, stopped and watched Dorothy, banging their heads along to her music before heading to get their spot on the barricade for Rihanna. Starting their set with the first song “Kiss It” off their debut album, ROCKISDEAD. Dorothy had an 8 song set list which included all tracks off the album mentioned but they also threw in a cover of Kayne West and Jay-z’s “No Church in the Wild.” Dorothy’s set was one of the best sets of the day; Very attention grasping, incredible musicianship, flawless music, and fun that is how I would describe Dorothy’s set. They definitley gained a lot of new fans at this festival as so many people were drawn in by the unique sound of Dorothy on their way into the festival.
Lil Uzi Vert launched the Rocky Stage at Made In America with his very high energy set jumping on and off the stage throughout the entire set. The crowd went wild for his entire performance as he takes the main stage for the first time in his hometown. Since signing a record deal with DJ Drama’s Generation Now label and Atlantic Records, the Philly-born MC has been releasing back-to-back bangers perfect for live energy-filled shows. Most newbies to the fest would be thrown to the Tidal Stage or Liberty Stage, Lil Uzi was front and center on the Rocky Stage for his super high energetic performance of “Do What I Want,” “Canada Goose,” “P’s & Q’s” and more.
Photos of Rihanna By: Kevin Mazur for Budweiser//Getty Images
All Other Photos By: Andrew Wendowski Photography