Exene Cervenka was upset to miss Mt. Airy native Santigold's performance Sunday during the Budweiser Made in America festival.
Cervenka, whose band X performed right before Pearl Jam Sunday night, was delayed getting to the concert but did listen online to Santigold's set. Despite more than 30 years fronting Los Angeles punk pioneers X, Cervenka told us she was too shy to introduce herself to Santigold, born Santi White, daughter of late attorney and power broker Ron White.
Pearl Jam headlined Sunday's show and were joined by Saturday's headliner Jay-Z for his hit "99 Problems." Pearl Jam brought X onto the bill and Cervenka said when you face a festival crowd of mostly younger fans there to see the largely hip-hop/electronic dance music roster you just go out and play the best show you can.
Jay-Z showed his softer side, holding Beyonce's hand while strolling around the festival Sunday with his wife. The pair, ensconced by security, watched Gary Clark, Jr. Sunday from the Liberty Stage where Saturday Jay-Z could be seen checking out Janelle Monae's performance.
Mayor Nutter caught up with Jay-Z and Beyonce Sunday afternoon where the entertainers spoke highly of the event and the city.
Starr Restaurants chef Anthony DiRienzo made Beyonce a chicken quesadilla minus cheese, a watermelon/tomato salad with lime vinaigrette and a house salad which she enjoyed in her husband's dressing room as his Saturday set was winding down.
The catering division also made Jay Z and Beyonce airplane food of roasted chicken, strip steak, eggplant, halibut, fruit salad and more to take with them on a private jet which we're told left late Sunday night.
Despite the mini versions of Morimoto and Buddakan which Starr Restaurants set up backstage for guests of Jay-Z, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and a guest dined Saturday at Morimoto (723 Chestnut) on sushi, salmon carpaccio, wagyu, ponzu and black cod.
Filmmaker Ron Howard, who was documenting the festival for an upcoming film, and producing partner Brian Grazer snacked on sushi from Morimoto. Howard ran into Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen Sunday and told Timonen he was a Blackhawks fan. Timonen and former teammate Ville Leino were at Sunday's show to see Pearl Jam. Eagles Todd Herremans and Brent Celek were on site Saturday as were former Eagles Freddie Mitchell and Troy Vincent.
Kim Kardashian stood on the side of the Rocky Stage for Jay-Z's Saturday set when her boyfriend Kanye West briefly joined his longtime collaborator onstage. Kardashian arrived with a few friends by helicopter shortly before Jay-Z's set.
Actress Eliza Dushku picked up a vegan cheesesteak from Hip City Veg (127 S. 18th) Friday night. She spent the weekend at BMIA with boyfriend, former Lakers player Rick Fox.
Actresses Brittany Snow and Adrienne Bailon were also spotted throughout the weekend along the Parkway. Bailon caught Pearl Jam Sunday night from the Budweiser Sky Deck.
Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson from Comedy Central’s “Workaholics" attended both days of the Budweiser Made in America festival and stopped to take many pictures and talk to fans throughout the weekend.
Paul Chibe, vice president of marketing for Anheuser-Busch, says it's too early to say for sure but he would like to bring Budweiser Made in America back to Philadelphia next year. Budweiser partnered with Jay-Z and concert promoter Live Nation to stage the festival. Chibe praised Mayor Nutter, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Streets Department for making the event a safe and successful event when we spoke with him Sunday.
And finally, many people wondered why The Roots weren't involved in Budweiser Made in America, as some speculated the Philly hip hop heroes would even serve as Jay-Z's backing band. Roots leader ?uestlove told us Sunday by Twitter direct message that the group booked a show in Ireland about 8 months ago, long before BMIA was announced. "I'm salty," he told us, wishing he was there to see Jay-Z, RUN-DMC and many more artists.