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Pharrell gets a soaked crowd in the groove at Made in America

On the delayed Made In America schedule, Pharrell Williams (and his famously funny hat) hit the stage at 9 o'clock, after the soaking rain throughout mashup expert Girl Talk's set had let up.

Pharrell gets a soaked crowd in the groove at Made in America

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Pharrell Williams performs at Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on August 31, 2014. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )
Pharrell Williams performs at Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on August 31, 2014. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

On the delayed Made In America schedule, Pharrell Williams (and his famously funny hat) hit the stage at 9 o’clock, after the soaking rain throughout mashup expert Girl Talk’s set had let up.

Pharrell opened with “Lose Yourself To Dance,” one of his vocal contributions to Daft Punk’s 2013 album Random Access Memories. That  set the tone for a set that got the still-frisky crowd’s groove on with a succession of taut, rubbery, pop-funk tunes, including his current hit “Come and Get It Bae” and catalog cut “Flirtin’.”

Williams’ name may have become a household word only in the past year, thanks to his successes with Daft Punk, Robin Thicke, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, and the ubiquitous “Happy,” but his hitmaking career spans two decades, and he pulled from his entire oeuvre in a well-paced show that drew from his rock band NERD as well as an array of hits he’s sung on and produced with his partner Chad Hugo in the Neptunes.

He also took the time to praise the Philadelphia musicians from the perspective of man who’s worked with many.

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“The best musicians in the word come from Philadelphia,” he said. “From Philadelphia international Records all the way up to the Roots to everyone in the band up here tonight, they all have Philly ties.”

-- Dan DeLuca

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Dan DeLuca Inquirer Music Critic
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