The last weekend of the “summer” must be celebrated as fully as possible.
Beach. Check. Lobster boil. Check. Outdoor concert. Check.
So after beaching it on Saturday and having some friends over for a seafood feast, on Sunday we headed for the Made In America music festival in Philly. Jay-Z actually planned this event, which was filmed by Ron Howard for a documentary to be released at some point. Despite the ridiculous lack of publicity outside of the Philadelphia metro area (no thanks to Budweiser, the major sponsor), headliners were, of course, Jay-Z (Sat.) and Pearl Jam (Sun.), plus tons of other amazing artists. Tickets were cheap – $75 plus surcharges even when purchased the same day. Even if the weather didn’t exactly cooperate on Sunday, the rain didn’t stop the music for about 50,000 people.
Run-DMC was a major draw and tons of fun– old school songs that made even Jay-Z and Beyonce come out to sing along.
Drake, the next big name act to perform, was in perfect acting form and wearing all white. He failed to sing Best I Ever Had (a personal disappointment) but had the crowd going. There were several other bands and DJs in between, including the energetic Odd Future and bluesy Gary Clark, Jr., but for most people it was all about Pearl Jam – who performed for 2 full hours! And they played almost every hit — from Don’t Call Me Daughter to Evenflow to Black to Alive. This was not one of those occasions where the band comes out to showcase their new material and leaves the majority of the crowd head bobbing. Instead, everyone was singing along and having a great time, even with a few raindrops. Jay-Z even came on stage to sing 99 problems! It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.
The venue was incredible for the concert– right by the Museum of Art with statues and fountains all around. Drink options were less than stellar (I did mention it was sponsored by Budweiser, who did have a free craft beer tasting tent). But there were good food options, even if the website never bothered to tell you that what they were. Philly icons like Jose Garces, Chickie & Pete’s and Tony Luke’s all had food trucks there. (There was no reason for this lack of information, and the only thing I would have changed.)
Since we stopped for lunch at DiNic’s in the Reading Terminal Market for the award winning pork sandwich (which I’ve loved long before Adam Richman deemed it the best sandwich in America), we weren’t planning on being hungry anyway.
It was a great event all around, with lots of police presence (mostly dancing) and ample port-o-pots. Philly is clearly hoping that this will become an annual event, as do I.
Hope everyone had a fun and labor-free long weekend too! Now back to the grind….