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POSTED: Friday, August 31, 2012, 12:41 PM

In case you hadn't heard, the Budweiser Made In America festival is taking over the Bud, er, Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend. The music gets underway on Saturday at 2 with Texas bluesman Gary Clark Jr. on the main Rocky stage, and till 11 p.m. both days, with Pearl Jam shutting it down on Sunday night.

Will people outside the gates really not be able to see or hear anything, as the Mayor and Made In Amerca organizers say? Will all the Bud branding everywhere overwhelm the event, or blend in the background? Will Beyonce be there? Kanye West? The Roots? Will the line at the Pitruco Pizza truck be of reasonable length, or ridiculously long? These and other questions will be answered this weekend.

Below, check out a 28 song Spotify Made in America playlist I compiled, that has almost everybody playing the two dayfest  represented, from Afrojack to X, Santigold to DJ Shadow, and Jay-Z to Pearl Jam.

POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 12:04 PM

There’s a good reason or three to load Foursquare on your mobile phone, if you’re heading off to the Budweiser Made in America festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend.  Also reasons to be sitting by your computer, if not.

Loading the Foursquare app will earn special perks at the festival. On arrival, sign in to the app and (with its' location detection) you’ll then be able to unlock a special Made in America Foursquare badge to flash for special perks.

POSTED: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 10:42 AM

Yeah, there's some big deal festival called Made in America in town this weekend. The Mayor is very excited. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are playing Citizens Bank, too, and Madonna, for goodness sakes, opened her U.S. tour at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

Here's one, however, that that might have evaded your notice. Tonight at the Robin Hood Dell East in Strawberry Mansion, there's a full-on old-school funk bill, headlined by Geoge Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and including War, the Ohio Players, Dazz Band and the BarKays. 

Show details here. Below, "(Not Just) Knee Deep" with DAvid Letterman from 1991.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 1:23 PM

This weekend's Jay-Z branded Budweiser Made In America festival, taking place Friday and Saturday on what my colleague Karen Heller has dubbed the Bud Franklin Parkway, will be streamed live on both YouTube and Internet radio service Pandora. 

Big time fests like Bonnaroo and Coachella are typically streamed on YouTubhe, but this marks a first for Pandora. It's unclear as of yet if the whole fest will be available to be seen and heard, or just selected segments, though the streams will begin at 2 p.m. and run till 11,, just as the fest itself will.

The YouTube stream will be at and the Pandora at

POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 10:29 PM

At long last, we've got our grubby little hands on the the minute-by-minute schedule for the Budweiser Made in America festival on the Ben Franklin Parkway this weekend. Keep it mind that this is not totally finalized and could change. Just yesterday Chris Cornell dropped out, and there are still a few TBDs - to be determineds - on the lineup, so there should be more names forthcoming.

The Rocky Stage is the main stage in front of the Art Museum and the Liberty stage is the second stage.

Immediate observations: The fest willl kick off killing with Gary Clark Jr. at 2 p.m. on the main stage. The Sunday afternoon main stage lineup is loaded from start to finish, with Santigold into Jill Scott into Run DMC into Drake.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 10:19 AM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

POSTED: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9:13 AM

One day last week, I hung out in City Hall and drove around in the Mayormobile wilth the Hon. Michael A. Nutter, talking to Philadelphia's chief executive about music and Made in America.

That's a picture of a cardboard cut-out of the Mayor in his City Hall waiting room. Made in America, which the Mayor helped bring to the Ben Franklin Parkway, is happening on Saturday and Sunday, and Bruce Springsteen is playing at Citizen Bank Park on Sunday and Monday. It's a big music weekend in Philadelphia, and Mixmaster Mike expects to turn up at some point at both venues.

Below, check out a playlist I put together of some of the Nutter's favorite tunes. (Gil-Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is not on Spotify, so sorry about that omission, Mayor.) My interview with Nutter is here and Tom Gralish's Mixmaster Mike video is below, along with the playlist.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 9:03 PM

So much for that Temple of the Dog reunion some people were hoping for at Sunday's Made in America concert.

Pearl Jam are still headlining, but Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell announced Tuesday night he is cancelling his set due to "A scheduling conflict."

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