The 2013 Budweiser Made in America festival got started 10 minutes early on Saturday afternoon when Cincinnati, Ohio, perky indie band Walk The Moon kicked things off on the Rocky Stage in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Nicholas Petricca fronted foursome were one of three acts scheduled to simultaneously open the Jay Z curated fest at 2 p.m. Spanish rappers Duo Kie got it started on the Skatepark Stage, strangely following intro music by country superstar Kenny Chesney. (Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper was nowhere in sight.)
And over on the Freedom Stage, which is located in a tree lined glde on the south side of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway site, actually closer to Paine's Park than the Skate Park stage, British producer Red Light was first up. Nearly, a group of red, white, and blues- dressed fans of rapper 2Chainz, identifying themselves as "Team 2Chainz" posed for photos by a bus emblazoned with headliner Beyonce's name in over sized letters.
After bashing out "Next In Line," Walk the Moon's Petricca, who wore multicolored face paint and banged on a drum as well as playing keyboards, made a promise to the crowd, which was filing in large numbers: "It's going to be an amazing day of music. You're going to have a good time today."