Steve Aoki Paints A Neon Future At Made In America Philadelphia

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(PCM) Words cannot even begin to express how excited we are for the upcoming new album “Neon Future I” the first installment of a dual release from Steve Aoki on September 30th!

The Vegas born producer/DJ recently performed at both Made In America Philadelphia on Saturday and then at Made In America Los Angeles on Sunday. When this man finds a minute to rest is completely beyond us!  His restless and creative spirit is always on the go and it shows.

His performances are truly a work of art and we adore an artist, especially in the world of EDM, who is not afraid to get up close and personal with their adoring fans, even if that does mean getting showered in both cake and champagne from time to time! Yum!

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It is also not everyday that you have rap icon (and Budweiser Made In America curator) Jay-Z and the infamous two-dollar bill man literally making it rain two-dollar bills during a performance as well…but with a Steve Aoki show, always expect the unexpected.

We got to hear some snippets of new material of the upcoming album which included a new collaboration with Afrojack. “Neon Future I” will also feature collaborations with Aoki and Empire Of The Sun, Fall Out Boy, Waka Flocka Flame and Machine Gun Kelly. We also loved his clever move of blending the opening of Kanye’s “Power” into the Chainsmoker’s “Kanye” as a way to almost welcome Kanye, who was up next, to the stage.

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We had the chance to catch up with Steve Aoki just prior to his incredible Made In America performance. We discussed the new album, the hectic schedule and the many places from which he draws his inspirations. Check out the full interview below:

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I’m Only “Happy” When It Rains…Pharrell And Kings Of Leon Bring Made In America 2014 To An Epic Close

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(PCM) Despite the imminent threat of inclement weather on the way, the Budweiser Made In America Day Two in Philadelphia kicked off with a hot and humid start with some amazing performances from Bleachers, Kongos, Penguin Prison, YG, Man Overboard and Awolnation.

As the day progressed the storm clouds began to roll in and just after Spoon took the stage a nasty thunderstorm began, forcing the band’s performance to come to an abrupt halt and the festival grounds to be evacuated.

There was some mild protest from some of the more rowdy attendees in the audience, but it appeared that all were evacuated quickly and efficiently until the worst of the storm had passed. About 20 minutes later the gates were re-opened and the curfew was extended for a bit to allow the rest of the show to go on as planned.

Spoon took to the stage once again to finish out their set and I give both them and Girl Talk all the respect in the world for continuing their performances during some absolutely torrential downpours of rain, but hey…that’s rock n’ roll.

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Majority of the heavy rain had passed by the time that Pharrell Williams took to the stage and his performance was just brilliant. There is nothing we don’t love about Pharrell, as his performances are always both entertaining and thoroughly engaging. Opening with “Lose Yourself To Dance” and plowing through a hit filled set that included some throwbacks to tracks that he had produced including “Hot In Herre” and “Hollaback Girl” to name a few.

One of my favorite moments occurred when Pharrell was addressing the crowd and gave a shout-out to all the women in the house, claiming that his wish would be to see more women in positions of power including both government and the entertainment realm.

At the very end of his set Pharrell commented that he had wished that the media/photographers were still out there to capture what 100,000 happy people looked like from his point of view. Well, rest assured P…we were out there, just as happy as could be, dancing our way all over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and loving every moment. (See our past chat with Pharrell Williams and his N.E.R.D. bandmate Shay Haly here)

In our opinion not much could compete with Pharrell’s outstanding Made In America performance, but Kings of Leon certainly gave it their best attempt. I am not sure I always agree with closing out a festival with a slower tempo, however Kings of Leon provided a nice way to close out Made In America festival with a dose of good ol’ rock n’ roll.

The rain unfortunately shortened the band’s performance time by a bit, but they were very gracious to those that stuck it out to the very end and definitely made true on their promise to give it all they had till the very end!

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Catching Up With The World Famous Tony Williams At Made In America Festival

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(PCM) We spent our Labor Day weekend partying on the Ben Franklin Parkway at the Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA with some of music’s top artists such as Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Pharrell Williams, Steve Aoki, Tiesto, The National, Spoon, YG, Destructo, Bleachers and many many more.

On Saturday evening we had the great pleasure of catching up with The World Famous Tony Williams, who was performing that evening with his cousin Kanye West.

Williams is best known as both a singer and a co-writer on all of Kanye’s albums including “College Dropout” where his named as a co-writer on “Spaceship” and “Last Call” and provided vocals on those tracks, as well as, “I’ll Fly Away and “School Spirit”. On “Late Registration” he provided vocals on “Drive Slow” and “Late”, on “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Williams can be heard on “Runaway” and “All Of The Lights” to name a few.

Williams has also appeared on West’s latest album release “Yeezus” singing on “Blood On The Leave”.  Aside from his work on Kanye’s album’s Williams has also worked with Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Kid Sister, and Outlawz as well.

Williams released his solo effort “King Or The Fool” back in 2012 and tell us that currently he is working on a follow-up to that album as well as the upcoming sequel to “Yeezus” with Kanye.

You can watch our interview below:

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Budweiser Receives The Go Ahead To Create A Fantasy Town In Colorado

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(PCM) Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser have certainly had quite a busy summer this year with the success of the recent Made In America Festival’s in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles and now the company has just received the green light for creating a fantasy town in Colorado.

The company will paint the town of Crested Butte, Colorado blue for an upcoming ad campaign titled “Are You Up For Whatever” for Bud Light. Crested Butte will be turned into Whatever, USA.

While some residents in the town were opposed to the Budweiser takeover, others are incredibly excited to see what is in-store. The company claims that its’ #UpForWhatever weekend at Whatever, USA is going to be “off the charts”.

Crested Butte town officials were secretly debating the company’s original offer of $250,000 for the takeover, Budweiser sweetened the deal, doubling the amount of money to be sure all was secure.

The town officials accepted the second offer immediately, however did not let residents in on the news. The officials say the secrecy was for good reason, as it was a matter of safety and security for the town, as they did not want a bunch of people traveling to the area for the event which will take place from September 5th thru the 7th.

MIA3We were able to catch up with Budweiser’s marketing and brand director Tom Kraus at the Made In America Festival in Philadelphia, PA to chat about both Made In America, as well as, some of the company’s upcoming initiatives.

When asked how the company feels about the success of Made In America, Kraus tells us “It feels great. Obviously, this is our third year here in Philadelphia, so we have a nice kind of flow going and the line-up this year is amazing.”

When speaking out the expansion to L.A. this year, Kraus comments “The whole theory here is how you unite the east coast and west coast together here, so it is one giant festival held on each individual coast. It is a way to bring everyone together under the Budweiser Made In America theme on one weekend as we get ready to celebrate Labor Day”.

We were curious about some of the other endeavors that the company has going on for the rest of this year into early next year to which Kraus reveals “As we look at the rest of the year, we have a big holiday push as we get closer to Thanksgiving and then the New Year. Into the first quarter of next year we will be getting back into Major League Baseball and some of the sporting activities that we do and you will see a renewed focus for the company, Budweiser specifically, around food. Beer pairings for example Budweiser and burgers together will be something you will see us roll out during the first quarter of next year”.

It seems that both Anheuser-Busch and music go hand and hand to which Kraus comments “We have a long standing tradition with Budweiser being in music. A lot of heritage over the past hundred years as a brand, so it has been part of our DNA for many many years. As we look at today’s millennial consumer, certainly they are very into music and it’s a passion point for them and it is a place as a brand that we can connect very organically with them. It is a natural tie to Budweiser”.

Kraus goes on to tell us that there is truly never a dull moment in his daily schedule working with such a great company with great brands. He reveals that as soon as Made In America 2014 comes to a close they will already be back at work on bringing Made In America 2015 to life as it is a year long operation. Kraus praises the amazing team behind planning the events and their partners such as LiveNation, Rocnation, Penn Distributing in Philly saying “We really couldn’t do it without the partners we have”.

When asked about something that may be misconstrued about the company, Kraus responds “I think that sometimes we get viewed as big corporate America and it’s really not about that, it’s about the authenticity and true belief that we have great brands behind us. Budweiser has stood the test of time and is now a global brand and I think those are all benefits to the company and consumers”.

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A$AP Rocky Slammed With Assault Charge After Allegedly Slapping Female Fan!

AR2(PCM) It seems that one person is not having such a great time following the Budweiser Made In America Festival held this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA. Rapper A$AP Rocky not only showed up for his performance at the festival about  20 minutes late, allowing him to only perform three songs, but now he has been slapped with an assault charge following an incident with a female fan.

The incident occurred at the Made In America Festival and the alleged victim claims that while A$AP was attempting to make his way through the crowd of dancing fans, with a bunch of women grabbing on his clothing. A$SP turned around and fired an open-hand slap right into the victims face.

The victim is claiming to have sustained injuries from the slap and also whiplash. She filed a criminal complaint with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, who has reviewed the case and made the decision to charge A$AP with misdemeanor simple assault.

PCM was in attendance at the Budweiser Made In America Festival and although we did not see the alleged incident go down, it is very easy to see how something like this could have happened when dealing with a crowd of 60,000 people. Many we spoke with on-site were disappointed by A$AP’s tardiness to the stage, as he was one of the weekend’s much anticipated performers. The crowd was going insane during this three song set, so it is no doubt that they were all over him when he attempted to venture out into the masses.

Check out our photos from A$AP Rocky’s Made In America Festival Performance:
All photos credit: Mike Sievila

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Noteworthy Performances From Budweiser Made In America Festival 2013

(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.

Day One

1. Imagine Dragons

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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

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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.

3. Deadmau5

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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.

4. Haim

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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

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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.

Day Two

1. Kendrick Lamar

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

Fitz and the Tantrums Audio Interview: Budweiser Made In America Festival 2013 

 

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