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(Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 31--Made in America Saturday afternoon: Haim, Mord Fustang, A$AP Rocky and Emeli Sande
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Made in America Saturday afternoon: Haim, Mord Fustang, A$AP Rocky and Emeli Sande
The 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival makes much of the diversity of its lineup, with the combination of rappers, rockers and DJs reflecting the wide range of taste of the music fans raised in the age of the post-iPod generation.
Take a leap from there, and take a look at the multiracial crowd, scantily dressed in red, white and blue, immersing itself in a wide range of styles at the festival, and you've got a mix and match metaphorical melting pot masquerading as a summer blowout in the place where the American experiment began. Brought to you by Budweiser, of course..
Walking up and down the Ben Franklin Parkway on Saturday afternoon was to see and hear that unquiet melange in action. On the "Liberty" stage near Mark di Suvero's red abstract Iroquois sculpture, three sisters -- Estes, Danielle and Alana Haim, from Los Angeles -- played an energetic, impassioned set that took a page out of the harmonizing '70s singer songwriter rock sound of bands like Fleetwood Mac. The radio hit "Falling" went over the biggest, but their whole set, performed in front of a giant American flag, was a winner.
On from there to Mord Fustang, the Estonian DJ-producer who is as skilled at getting the crowd moving with his mix of progressive house music and dubstep as he has been at hiding his real name from electronic dance music fans. Particularly amusing were the clutch of fans at the front of stage done up in big-eared deadmau5 masks, variously in Philadelphia Flyers colors and Spiderman designs. It had to be hot in there!
One of the biggest improvements to the site this year was moving the EDM artists from a hot sweaty tent on Von Coln Memorial Field that smelled like a men's locker room last year to a verdant glade on the south side of the site, closer to the festival's entrance on 22d street. Issues of sonic bleeding from stage to stage were minmal, and the change had the salutary effect of not isolating music lovers under their own private roof, but inviting non-EDM purists to the party. All afternoon, as festival goers made their way up the Parkway past the food trucks -- pulled pork from Local 215, thank you very much -- they got their groove on as the sashayed by the "Freedom" stage dance music area.
Biggest bust of the fest so far: A$AP Rocky, the Harlem rapper who made the serious festival faux pas of showing up late for his set -- on the main 'Rocky' stage at the foot of the steps, no less. The brief set that followed was rushed and uninspired, not really succeeding at instigating the kind of "Woodstock rock star [stuff]" that he decreed his intention to be. He did succeed in getting plenty of people up to dance for an abbreviated version of his lewd hit "F -- Problems."
By the time A$AP's set was over, MIA was jam packed. Last year the fest drew 40,000 people. This year, with the word out, closer to 60,000 are expected, and a sea of people is moving between the two main stages on changovers. Black British- (or Zambian-) Scottish singer Emeli Sande followed on the Liberty stage, dealing in the never overblown, soaring pop that has made her a huge star in the UK, where she has broken chart records once held by the Beatles.
Unfortunately, just as the piano intro to her biggest hit "Next To Me" was starting up, Flavor Flav, infamous reality TV star and ace side man to Chuk D in Public Enemy, the rap legends up next on the main stage, grabbed ahold of the mic across the way and began to conduct a sound check to shout outs. "Make some noiiiiissee!" No, shut up Flav!
2:34 p.m. -- Walk the Moon kicks things off
The 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival got started 10 minutes early on Saturday afternoon when Cincinnati, Ohio, perky indie band Walk The Moon kicked things off on the Rocky Stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Nicholas Petricca fronted foursome were one of three acts scheduled to simultaneously open the Jay Z curated fest at 2 p.m. Spanish rappers Duo Kie got it started on the Skatepark Stage, strangely following intro music by country superstar Kenny Chesney. (Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was nowhere on sight.)
And over on the Freedom Stage, which is located in a tree lined glde on the south side of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway site, actually closer to the Paine's Park than the Skate Park stage, British producer Red Light was first up. Nearly, a group of red, white, and blues- dressed fans of rapper @Chainz, identifying themselves as "Team 2Chainz" posed for photos by a bus emblazoned with headliner Beyonce's name in over sized letters.
After bashing out "Next In Line,"
Walk The Moon's Petricca, who wore multicolored face pain and banged on a drum s well as playing keyboards, made a promise to the crowd, which was filing in large numbers: "It's going to be an amazing day of music. You're going to have a good time today."
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