By Laura Ferreiro
There’s plenty to like about the Made in America festival. Not only does it hit both coasts simultaneously and feature a stellar lineup including Iggy Azalea, Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Metric, Spoon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes and more, but it also benefits the United Way.
The all-ages event will take place Labor Day weekend, August 30 and 31, in Los Angeles’ Grand Park and Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin Parkway.
Rap star mogul Jay-Z founded the Made in America festival 2012, and it has since raised more than $10 million, economically benefiting the host cities as well as the United Way, which works to improve people’s lives and community conditions by bringing people and resources together to focus on the local issues that matter most to their communities.
When announcing that the festival would expand to the LA’s Grant Park, Jay Z said, “Look how beautiful this park is, it’s accessible to everyone, it’s inclusion it’s not exclusion. We started two years ago in Philadelphia and had huge success, and I’m sure we’ll have even more success here in Los Angeles. We’re very proud to be here in America.”
In addition to big-name artists, there are several rising acts worth checking out in LA and Philly including Los Angeles dance rock purveyors Classixx, raucous DJ 3LAU, LA-based psych-blues rockers Terraplane Sun, and blue-eyed soul songstress ZZ Ward.
Made in America, sponsored by Budweiser, will be the first U.S. festival to take place simultaneously on both coasts. For tickets, click here. To learn more about United Way or support your local chapter, click here.