There’s a press conference scheduled for 10:30 Monday morning on the Art Museum steps with a couple of powerful guys: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and hip-hop kingpin Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.
Here’s the announcement they’re going to make: On September 1st and 2nd, Jay-Z will headline and curate the Budweiser “Made In America” festival in Philadelphia, a three-stage event promoted by Live Nation that promises to bring a wide range of acts to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway site where The Roots will hold forth on the 4th of July and where Live 8 drew over a half a million people in 2005.
Will Made in America draw numbers of that size to downtown Phildelphia, on the same weekend that Bruce Springsteen is playing Citizens Bank Park? Not likely, since it’s not a free event. Ticket will go on sale on May 23 on ticketmaster.com and livenation.com.
There’s no list of acts available yet, and they’re not expected to be announced tomorrow. Made In America will be a genre spanning festival, and the most widely-respected rapper and mover-and-shaker in the industry – not to mention the husband of Beyonce Knowles – ought to me able to book whomever he likes.
More info on all of this will be coming on Monday morning.