Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter joined by Philadelphia’s Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, formally announced Monday morning his latest project. He will curate and star in the 'Budweiser Made in America' music festival.
Produced by Live Nation and sponsored by Budweiser, 'Made in America' will feature every music genre to embody the American spirit: from rap to rock, from R&B to Latin music.
The two-day music fest is planned to be held in Philly's Fairmount Park over the Labor Day weekend.
No artists lineup has been revealed yet, but around 30 guests are expected to partake, with Jay-Z himself headlining the first night. According to Philly.com, Nutter voiced only one request on the lineup: “Beyoncé in Philadelphia would just be incredible.”
Also, in an interview with Rolling Stone Music, a question alluding to President Obama’s potential presence at the event popped up. Will Jay-Z invite him for a little Al Green rendition? The artist answered: "He'll be so far into helping the world that he probably won't have time, but I'm absolutely going to ask him."
More importantly, Jay-Z emphasized his take on what American spirit truly is, the core concept of 'Made in America". It's all about "pulling yourself up by the bootstraps" and adopting the mentality you can succeed anywhere, no matter where you come from.
Tickets will be available as of May 23 on Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com. Part of the proceeds will go to United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.