(PCM) Music is truly a unifying force that speaks to everyone no matter what their age, race or gender happens to be and seeing the diversity that was represented at this year’s Budweiser Made In America Festival was absolutely magical. On day one of the festival we caught performances from artists such as Beyonce, Modest Mouse, Bassnectar, De La Soul and Meek Mill w/surprise guest Nicki Minaj and day two provided us with absolutely astounding performances from Halsey, Fabulous, Santigold, Metric, J.Cole, Axwell^Ingrosso and The Weeknd to close out another phenomenal year.
As you can see every genre imaginable was represented and while we would have liked to see just a bit more rock represented on the bill (prior year’s have had a least one bigger rock band headling) this year’s line-up brought fans out in droves and was certainly a rousing success. This year the festival incorporated the TIDAL stage placed in a central location on the festival grounds as a way to showcase up and coming artists featured on Made In America festival curator Jay Z’s streaming music service. On day two we enjoyed afternoon/evening sets from both Bully and Lili K both on the TIDAL stage who are well on their way to both becoming rising stars.
One of of our favorite performances of the day came from New Jersey native Halsey, who debut album “Badlands” recently debuted at number 2 on the Billboard charts! Currently on tour with The Weeknd, Halsey is sure to be a name on the lips of music fans well into the future … she is amazing! Other noteworthy performances of the day came from rapper Fabulous, rockers Metric, on the rise rap star Future (who happened to have one of the largest crowds of the day at the Liberty Stage), EDM-masters Axwell^Ingrosso who put on literally one of the most explosive shows we’ve ever seen (Big thank you to them for remixing a little Metallica in there and making our little heavy metal hearts swell) and of course The Weeknd whose sultry yet pop-driven tunes made him our newest musical obsession!
We are always sad when a festival has to come to an end, but we were absolutely thrilled with the sheer amount of talent that was represented at this year’s Budweiser Made In America Festival and as we soaked up the closing notes of The Weeknd’s performance we are already anticipating who will play the City Of Brotherly Love next year.