(PCM) While it goes without saying that headliners Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails absolutely killed it with their amazing performances at the Budweiser Made In America Festival 2013. There were quite a few other noteworthy performances from some of music’s hottest talents that took place at the 2-day festival held in Philadelphia, PA.
1. Imagine Dragons
With the festival’s line-up consisting of mostly hip-hop and EDM acts, Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons did more then hold their own treating fans to an incredible performance doing their part to bring back a little bit of rock n’ roll to the masses and the mainstream. Their performance was both engaging and intense as they plowed through hits from their stellar album “Night Visions including “Demons”, “It’s Time” and of course “Radioactive”.
Check out our interview with Imagine Dragons at Budweiser Made In America Festival below:
2. Public Enemy
It is great to see rappers Public Enemy back in the spotlight! They came out of the gate full swing during their afternoon performance. I thoroughly enjoy seeing hip-hop artists that take to the stage with a full band in tow and it was great to hear them throw in some rock samples from both AC/DC and Nirvana into their performance. Flavor Flav is still just as much of a character and his famous catchphrases were still heard being chanted throughout the crowd “Yeah Boyee!”, however Public Enemy did have a few serious moments during their set when they called out for justice for Trayvon Martin and pledged to donate money to the Philadelphia public school system.
Once again Deadmau5 put on one of the best and visually spectacular performances of the weekend. He kept the party going and the energy at sky high levels throughout this set. Our photographer even spotted festival curator Jay Z rocking out to Deadmau5′s amazing performance (photo here). There was mixed reaction from the crowd about Deadmau5′s stage design, but I thought it looked fantastic. The floating mau5-heads were creepy as hell and it was great to get a peek into the darker side of this multi-faceted artist.
These rocking sisters opened up the Liberty Stage with some bright and early twerking to Jay Z’s “Big Pimpin’” before blasting into their eye-opening wake-up call of a set. Haim’s set consisted mainly of tracks of their awesome debut album “Days are Gone” and ended with a full on drum circle. I certainly suspect that this band is name you are going to be hearing about for quite some time! They absolutely rock! Even when Este of the band got nailed with a flying shoe from the crowd, these girls never missed a beat..now that’s rock n’ roll!
5. 2 Chainz
2 Chainz did an incredible job of bringing the energy level up to a whole new level during his Liberty Stage performance. The very tongue-in-cheek rap artist blasted through his hits and even took a moment to address the crowd asking for a moment of silence for the stage because “I’m killing this sh*t”. Be on the look-out for a new album from 2 Chainz to be released this month.
1. Kendrick Lamar
If there was anyone even beginning to question Kendrick Lamar’s rise to the top of the rap game, then they certainly were not there to witness his performance at Budweiser Made In America Festival. Boasting one of the largest crowds of the day, Lamar had the audience in the palm of his hand as he plowed through his catalog of hits such as “Money Trees”, “B**ch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and “M.A.A.D City”.
2. Queens Of The Stone Age
The band definitely provided a break from all of the hip-hop and EDM featured at Made In America festival and despite perhaps not having quite the same amount of people in attendance as acts earlier in the day, Queens Of The Stone Age gave us a much needed dose of plain and simple rock n’ roll. Vocalist Josh Homme urged the crowd several times throughout the set to tell the event organizers to “shove the rules up their ass and just have a good time”. The band put on a stellar performance complete with an awesome video sequence back-drop and loads of searing guitar riffs.
3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Being hailed as the hottest independent rap group, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis put on a high energy and incredibly engaging performance. Sporting a Phillies jersey, Macklemore raved to the crowd about Philly cuisine and also took a few minutes to address the crowd about the importance of unity and how that encompasses the overall spirit of a festival like Made In America.
4. The Gaslight Anthem
Another fine example of pure rock n’ roll that graced the festival this year came from The Gaslight Anthem. This band has their finger on the pulse of what makes for an explosive rock show and it was fantastic to see them perform hits such as “45″ and “Great Expectations” in the live festival environment.
5. Fitz And The Tantrums
It is hard to put my finger on something that I don’t love about this band. Despite having quite an early set time, Fitz and The Tantrums were the perfect choice to set the momentum and kick off day two of Made In America festival. Vocalist Michael Fitzpatrick thanked the crowd for being there early and braving the sunshine with him and the rest of the band, making the prediction that it was about to ‘get hotter in here’ and it certainly did!
We had a chance to interview vocalist Noelle Scaggs and saxophone player James King of Fitz and the Tantrums, listen below: