budweiser made in america festival re-cap

Two days of good vibes and good music…

by Christian Lavery


There wasn’t much convincing that had to be done this weekend. We saw the lineup, we were going - it was as simple as that. So we packed our bags, grabbed the keys to our car, and set out on the open road. And before we knew it, we were standing directly in front of the stage watching everyone from A$AP Rocky and Deadmau5 to Solange and Miguel perform all their hits. We were at the Budweiser Made in America Festival – Jay Z’s curated combination of culture and music – for Labor Day weekend, and not even the humidity or the expected thunderstorms (that thankfully didn’t end up happening) could keep us from having a good time.

More than 40 performers graced the three stages that were spread out across Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It was one epic performance after another, and if you weren’t a fan of a certain artist when you arrived, you became one by the time you left. With just about every genre covered in two days, the lineup was as diverse as the crowd. The energy throughout the festival was over the top, and it only grew as time wore on.

With performances from Emeli Sande, 2 Chainz, Imagine Dragons, Phoenix, and Porter Robinson to begin the festival, day one was capped off by an amazing show from none other than HOV’s wife, Beyonce. And to say she left the crowd pleased would be a gigantic understatement. To follow up a day that would have been enough on its own, the second included acts by Alunageorge, Fitz and the Tantrums, Wiz Khalifa, and Calvin Harris. Nine Inch Nails closed out the festival and made sure everyone left 100% satisfied.

The weekend was one to remember, and we couldn’t have asked for much more when all was said and done. It was two days filled with nothing but good vibes and good music. Thank you to everyone involved – especially the kind people from Budweiser for putting together and event like no other.