Jay-Z announces two-day music fest in Philadelphia
May 14th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

Jay-Z announces two-day music fest in Philadelphia

Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z announced Monday that he's headed to the City of Brotherly Love this Labor Day weekend to headline the "Budweiser Made in America" festival, which he's also curated.

In partnership with Budweiser and the United Way, Jay-Z has developed a showcase of almost 30 acts from across the musical spectrum, including rock, R&B, Latin, dance and hip-hop. The official lineup will be announced on May 21.

Tickets to the event will go on sale May 23, with Budweiser Facebook fans being able to access the pre-sale on May 22. The concert is expected to cover three stages inside Philly’s Fairmount Park on September 1 and 2.

Jay-Z will wear two hats for the occasion, that of artist as well as that of fundraiser. Proceeds from the event, which is produced by Live Nation, will go to United Way outposts in greater Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and of course Jay’s beloved New York City. The organization invests cash in local communities and education.

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  1. GCIII

    Speaking of Philly I just heard about Philly native Sterling Simms first single featuring Meek Mill http://bit.ly/O4hlUT

    August 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 100 year old colored fella

    I justs don't like dis J Z fella. he ugly man. uglier den sin. he no good for beyonce. beyonce should bees wit denzel or some handsome man. dis JZ has dees big ol lips. I have good size lips but dis here man he hav lips dat look like he was socked in da kisser. ugly man.

    May 16, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    If only it wasn't in Philly.

    May 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. R.L.

    I am from Philly and I don't want the jazz fest held in my City. The mayor and all his minions cry poor every chance they get. They try to find ways to raise taxes every chance they get, the schools are going bankrupt, but yet we will be paying city overtime for police, clean up crews, etc.

    May 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kizi420

    I used to respect jay-z untill he became part of the 1% then had the nerve to sell "occupy all streets" t-shirts to profit off the occupy wall street movement. yeah i guess hes a hustler babee. he just wants you to know- hes laughing his way to the bank. NAS WILL ALWAYS BE BETTER

    May 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |

      Say my name, bee-yatch. All Rap Sucks. Weak-a** "Art" for ignorant people.

      May 16, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pliny

    Yo Philly!

    Philly rules. Cheesesteaks, Bobby Clarke, Will Smith, Tina Fey!

    Your town sucks!

    May 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JT

    Fairmount Park is not in the middle of the ghetto. This festival is being held near the Art Museum area from what I've been able to ascertain.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      The art museum is not "in" Fairmont Park. It is at the end of the Ben Franklin Parkway, right where East Park starts. It is hugely different than the upper east and west sides of the park. If they have it on the BF parkway, not so bad. Having it somewhere up in Fairmont park would be an invitation for more crime than Philly wants or needs. Some of the worst neighborhoods in the city line the park on both sides of the Schuykill river.

      May 15, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. socially responsible network

    Why do people have to slag the guy for being a monster success and for giving back?

    May 15, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Donna troupe

    I think j doing some good but come to knoxville tennessee

    May 15, 2012 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. cnnlicksit

    Is Blue Ivy's surrogate mother attending?

    May 15, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Frida

    He's a really good man working to give back to communities in need. Good grief...say something nice or just be quite. It's a real shame that freedom of speech applies to idiots, too.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • eredmond

      and what I don't understand is that he worked hard to get where he is.... this success was not handed to him on a silver platter.... damned if you do and damned if you don't....

      May 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Yo

    A three day hip hop festival in Killadelphia??? Good luck with the security on this one Jay

    It is for a good cause but don't worry, the acts/JayZ will get a nice piece of the pie.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Paul albert

    Jay z.what is happening u have money come and help me i live at white house bustop, okokomaiko lagos state Nigeria.5 essumel.i know u have a lot of money please help me

    May 15, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. george

    Music is music, if u dont like it or cant be around people ,then dont go. i hope he invites linkin park and the FF's . i went to the live 8 show in philly a few years ago, which jay z was a part of. it was free,with a variety 0f musical genres and tastes. a million people showed up and the only real problems that i saw were with greedy vendors,there were way too many of them. other then that , everyone just chilled and enjoyed it,no matter what their race or choice of poisons or attire. fairmount park is nuts tho for something like this, its kinda in the middle of the ghetto,having been born n raised in the city,i know this,still,if the lineup is halfway decent, i would go

    May 15, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
    • All Rap Sucks.

      @ George: Music IS music. Sadly, Rap is nothing more than Real Musics' retarded stepson. Anyone who thinks that Rap is real music clearly doesn't understand what music is.

      May 16, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. lala


    May 15, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  16. jabbajuice

    I support that dude.

    May 15, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  17. Mitt "Let Detroit Fail" Romney

    Wow .... Alot of ppl pay attn. to others behinds so much they know if that person has stains or not LMAO! And to the idiot who said "blacks lol" white boys are breaking their necks to be dress ignorant as well .... thats not a racial issue idiot!

    May 15, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  18. Bill Clinton

    Meeshel been doin butt burn outs also as of late. Typical blacks, trash the place when they get kicked out

    May 15, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. Bill Clinton

    Scoot trails allovadaplace

    May 15, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  20. Bill Clinton

    Bomuh was caught sliding on his butt on the white house carpeting for the third time this week

    May 15, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  21. Bill Clinton

    Ah yes a skid mark fest

    May 15, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  22. Dr. Bombay

    Blacks lol

    May 14, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dr. Bombay

    Bama 'll be there wit his pants on the ground. Two shootings, twelve assaults

    May 14, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dad Clark

    Lookin like a foo wit yer pants on the ground

    May 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Billy Jack


    May 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. mrs m

    Good for you Jay-Z most rappers brag on all their $ & we never hear a damn thing about them helping others...A messege to ALL THE BALLAS "PUT UP OR SHUT UP" PAY UR BACK CHILD SUPPORT & MOVE UR MOM OUT OF THE HOOD!

    May 14, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Tell it like it T.I.S.

    @layz...u r a sad case...i am sure u could use some help or attention...just pray...it`s ok...really...

    May 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  28. A

    Hopefully it goes well. The cause certainly sounds like a worthwhile one.

    May 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Lay~Z

    Uh who cares? I mean most of the acts will be no talent cRap. What a waste. Prerecorded bs and thugs standing around with a blunt in one hand with a 40 oz in the other and there pants hanging off their butts showing their poop stained undies..lmfao

    May 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mugs

      your a racist peice of trash

      May 14, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sk8

      "Jay-Z has developed a showcase of almost 30 acts from across the musical spectrum, including rock, R&B, Latin, dance and hip-hop."

      Yet somehow you think you know what kinds of acts will be present...interesting.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  30. Synapse

    So... Who ARE those 30 acts ?
    What a weak article- it's even poor as a Press Release !

    May 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. West

    Good look. Now, let the hating begin.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Leneechey


    May 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |

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