By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – In May, music mogul Jay-Z came to Philadelphia, in front of the city’s Museum of Art, to announce the Made in America festival. After months of preparation from event organizers and the city, the two day-long festival is finally here.
Organizers are expecting 50,000 people to fill the Ben Franklin Parkway each day Saturday and Sunday.
Thirty two acts will play three stages. Jay-Z, who is also curating the event, will headline Saturday. Even though the gates were set to open at noon, the first act hitting a stage at 2:30 p.m., dedicated concert goers arrived with the blue moon still out and the sun still hours away from rising.
“I like the barricade life. I like to be up there and in the mix,” said a young woman from Delaware who arrived at 1 a.m. “Better early than late, that’s the way I see it!”
She was already on her second, huge can of energy drink by the time 10 a.m. rolled around.
“2 o’clock this morning,” said Jordan Romero, 22, of Reading. “I’m pretty hardcore dedicated when it comes to coming to concerts and I want to be right there up front.”
They were excited for being part of the first ever ticketed concert event on the Parkway and even expecting some surprises to hit the stages on both days.
Tickets are still available online or at the box office. Pearl Jam, the band that closed the Spectrum nearly three years ago, will end the festival Sunday night with a two hour set.