Jay-Z To Curate & Headline ‘Made in America’ Festival

The Budweiser Made in America music festival will bring two dozen acts to Philly over two days in Sept.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


Jay-Z has everything. To list his accomplishments, accolades and acquirements would be to sink into a pit of self-loathing at just how deeply the man owns at life. But apparently there's one thing missing from Hova's menagerie of awesome: his own two-day music festival.

Jay-Z will curate and headline the first Budweiser Made in America music festival, a two-day event that will bring up to 28 musical acts to Fairmount Park in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. 

According to the New York Times, Jay-Z and Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter are expected to officially announce the festival at a press conference on Monday morning. The festival is reportedly being produced by Live Nation, with tickets going on sale on May 23. No other performers have been announced, but if we know Jay, we know damn well that he'll be bringing some heavy-hitter friends.


“This Labor Day, we will not only make history but we’re benefiting a great organization.  ‘Budweiser Made in America’ will encompass every genre of music, creating and showcasing the only genre that matters, ‘great music.’  Budweiser and Live Nation are going to produce an amazing two days of performances, and it’s great to partner with United Way again to support all of the positive work they do in the community,” said Shawn “JAY Z” Carter.

The festival in Philadelphia will culminate following a summer of music parties in cities all across America, when Budweiser will invite its Facebook fans to experience talented local bands and artists. Budweiser, brewed across America, has a decades-long history of celebrating great American music.

“This festival will offer music fans from across the U.S. and beyond the biggest names in hip-hop, rock, dance and other popular genres this Labor Day,” said Rob McCarthy, vice president of Budweiser for Anheuser-Busch.

"Philadelphia is delighted to welcome visitors from around the country for a national music festival," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "United Way has brought JAY Z and Budweiser together to host this national event in the birthplace of America. We are excited to invite the musicians, sponsors, guests and festivals goers for a memorable weekend."

Tickets for the festival, which will give an unspecified portion of its proceeds to local non-profits via the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, will go on sale at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com on May 23.