Made In America Festival
Cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway took a hit in the hundreds of thousands of dollars last weekend as the concert festival put a damper on attendance.
On Tuesday, crews of cleaners used leaf blowers to round up the debris along the parkway as laborers took apart the four performance stages.
Beyoncé didn’t headline the first night of the Made In America festival as much as the Mrs. Carter World Tour made a stop in Philadelphia. In an hour and a half she went through no less than 7 costumes, performed 17 songs and showed 7 short films.
There are four performance areas, and the main stage looks just about ready.
Eleven people, including 2 Chainz, were arrested Thursday after refusing to get off the bus for about nine hours following the traffic stop.
Last year’s two-day “Made in America” festival during the Labor Day weekend drew thousands, and according to city officials provided a big boost to the local economy with hotel and restaurant bookings.
The total cost of the Made in America concert is now available from Mayor Nutter’s office, and it looks like taxpayers came out on top.
How soon? “Very shortly is, literally, very shortly,” the mayor says.
One national media watcher says the impact of the two-day concert was actually not very big for Philadelphia’s image — though that could change later.
Throughout day two of the Made In America festival, fans had eyes peeled for the event’s spokesman and headliner, Jay-Z.
The Ben Franklin Parkway is the focus of the music world this weekend as Jay-Z and friends rock the Art Museum steps with Made in America.
In the first-of-its-kind Made in America Music Festival up to 50,000 people packed the Ben Franklin Parkway, but over the last 24 hours, police have scaled back the number of officers.
The two-day music festival is taking over the parkway and putting Philadelphia at the center of the music universe.
The true economic impact of the Made In America concert won’t be known for a few weeks, but the concert is already proving profitable for hotels in the city.
The event aims to “embody the American spirit,” but many of the performers also embody Philadelphia’s spirit.