DO GOODER: Jay-Z Set To Headline (And Curate) Philly's "Made In America" Festival
And the notches in his belt just keep on coming. What does the man who has it all--wife, kid, ownership, music career--want? His own diverse music festival of course. Check out Jay-Z announcing his upcoming headlining performance at the Philadelphia Made In America Music Festival--which will benefit UnitedWay inside...
While his wife will be busy holding down Memorial Day Weekend in Atlantic City, Jay will be doing his thing Labor Day weekend in Philadelphia. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art today, Hov and Philly Mayor Michael Nutter announced a two-day music festival called Budweiser Made in America.
Jay's Philly artist Freeway hit the stage during the announcement, as Jay told the crowd:
"Everyone knows my love affair with Philly from the amazing, talented artists I've signed from here...Whenever I enter into a project, I try to hit on some touch points. The first thing is: Is it great? The second one is: Is it gonna push the culture forward?"
And he plans on pushing the culture forward by serving as curator himself on 3 stages and 30 acts throughout the festival at Fairmont Park Sept. 1st and 2nd. And the acts won't just be hip hop--there will be an eclectic lineup of rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance. This will be interesting. Almost like he's trying to start his own Coachella.
By the way, Jay is continuing his partnership with UnitedWay by announcing that a portion of all proceeds will benefit the non profit organizations United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
No other acts--other than himself--have been announced, but since his speed dial likely consists of Beyonce, Kanye West, Coldplay's Chris Martin & others--we wouldn't be surprised if they make the list. Gotta love music for a cause.
*BONUS* At the announcement ceremony, Jay spoke with CNN about President Obama's recent comments in support of gay marriage. And Mr. Carter supports the right to gay marriage as well:
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