Made in America: Rita Ora

Rita Ora performs at Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia on September 2, 2012. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )

Day Two of Budweiser Made in America got under way with Rita Ora, the blonde British singer  whose signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, and who went over well with the the early, drizzled on crowd, particularly with her closing hit “Party and B------.” It was easy to see what Jay-Z hears in her; as one approached the Liberty stage before gaining sight of her, the similarities to the timbre of her voice and Beyonce’s were striking.

 And speaking of Beyonce: the Queen Bee may not have performed as expected last night, but she is on site at the fest, and was spotted walking around with Jay-Z while Philadelphia’s Santigold played on the Rocky stage and the gospel group Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago – who are on their way to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. – brought the sounds of the church to sparse crowds at the Park stage.  

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