Made in America, the Jay-Z curated music festival, begins Saturday with its sixth annual celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Here’s everything you need to know about Day One:
Rain is expected throughout the day, and temperatures will struggle to get out of the 60s. In addition, the region likely will be covered by a gray, dropped ceiling until late in the day Sunday, when it should warm up into the 70s.
The Mayor’s Office advises motorists to avoid the area around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and to use alternative routes. The road closures will include the entire width of the Parkway, beginning at 20th and extending through Eakins Oval and behind the Art Museum. The rear of the Art Museum will be accessible via Fairmount Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, and 25th Street. Click here for more specifics on road closures.
Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines: Local train service will operate on a normal weekend schedule Saturday and Sunday. Race-Vine and City Hall Stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line provide walking access to the festival gates on the Parkway. The Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines will offer overnight service as usual on Saturday.
Regional Rail: Late-night train service will be available on Saturday and Sunday departing from Jefferson, Suburban, and 30th Street Stations. Special schedules will be posted in stations and are also available at www.septa.org/events. If the concert runs late on Saturday or Sunday, these trains will be held for approximately 20 minutes after the concert ends. Parking is free at all SEPTA-owned Regional Rail lots on weekends. Parking lot location information is available at www.septa.org/parking.
Trolley: Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36 offer service to and from the concert, with 19th and 22nd Street Stations providing walking access to the Parkway. Route 15 connects with Broad Street and Market-Frankford service at Girard Avenue.
PHLASH has stops at 22 locations, including many in Center City. Find live updates at RidePhillyPHLASH.com and visit www.phillyphlash.com for a schedule and route details.
Rideshare: Taxi, Uber, and Lyft drop-off and pick-up locations are along the 2100 block of Spring Garden and the 1900 block of Arch Street.
Commercial off-street parking lots and garages are located on or near the Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website at www.philapark.org for a list of parking options.
Here are all the bands you need to check out on Saturday:
Queen of Jeans. This South Philly three-quarters-female quartet featuring Miriam Devora, Matheson Glass, and Nina Scotto (plus drummer and Eagles blogger Patrick Wall) mix swoony girl-group harmony with a rugged rock edge. They’re the first band up on MIA’s opening day. 1:15 p.m. Saturday on the Skate stage
Lizzo. Houston-native Melissa Jefferson — aka Lizzo — is a smart choice to jump-start Made in America on Saturday afternoon. The Minneapolis alt-hip-hop rapper and singer is a tireless entertainer whose new body-positive jam “Water Me” picks up where her ebullient 2015 album Big Grrrl Small World left off. 2:30 p.m. Saturday on the Liberty stage.
Marion Hill. The Brooklyn duo of Samantha Gongol and Jeremy Lloyd, who grew up together on the Main Line and named their band after two characters in The Music Man, are a jazzy electronic duo who struck gold when “Down,” from their 2016 album Act One catapulted them to fame when it was used in an Apple AirPods commercial. 3 p.m. Saturday on the Rocky stage.
Mt. Joy. An indie-folk band named after one of the two “mountains” in Valley Forge National Historical Park, Mt. Joy is fronted by the Los Angeles-based, Philly suburbs-bred duo of Sam Cooper and Matt Quinn, who set off on their career path with last year’s strummy “Astrovan” and who are working on their debut album. 3 p.m. Saturday on the Skate stage.
Mannequin Pussy. “Romantic,” the title cut from Mannequin Pussy’s terrific 2016 album, is an anomaly in that it’s nearly three minutes long. Most of the wildly energetic songs sung by magnetic vocalist Marisa Dabice are less than two. Which is not to say Romantic is by any means run-of-the-mill, pedal-to-the-metal punk. In fact, it’s full of dynamic, emotional drama and is highly effective at following the entertainer’s golden rule: Always leave them wanting more. 4 p.m. Saturday on the Skate stage.
Sampha. British songwriter Sampha Sissay has played a role on many high-profile hip-hop records, but he’s not a rapper. The 29-year-old producer from South London is a pianist and a particularly soulful singer whose talents have been put to use by Kanye West, Drake, and Solange, among others. Alert Joel Embiid: Sampha’s sterling debut album is called The Process. 4:15 p.m. Saturday on the Rocky Stage.
(Sandy) Alex G. Born Alex Giannascoli, this Havertown native, bedroom-pop songwriting wunderkind has had some naming issues of late. After going by Alex G on his first six albums, he has added the parenthetical (Sandy) on the excellent and more confidently wide-ranging than ever new Rocket due to a legal dispute with another singer who uses the same name. 5:15 p.m. Saturday on the Skate stage.
Cardi B. The Bronx-born emcee and Love & Hip Hop: New York reality TV star may turn out to be a one-hit wonder, but her aspirational hit “Bodak Yellow” is the hottest rap song of the summer. When the rhymer played the Fillmore this summer with Meek Mill, the crowd first went wild when a DJ played the banger before the show started, and went crazier still when she came on stage to do it live. 5 p.m. Saturday on the Liberty stage.
Migos. It must be in their genes. The Atlanta hip-hop trio whose rhymes flow effortlessly into one another are all related: Quavo and Offset (to whom Cardi B. denies she is engaged) are cousins, and Takeoff is Quavo’s nephew. They first broke out big with “Versace” in 2013, but their signature hit from the impressive 2017 album Culture is “Bad and Boujee,” which features Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert, so expect a not-so-surprising surprise appearance. 5:45 p.m. Saturday on the Rocky stage.
Solange. Beyonce’s little sister came into her own artistically and politically with last year’s A Seat at the Table, and she put on a theatrical, highly stylized show this year at the Roots Picnic. Look for a collaboration with Sampha, who sat in with her at the Panorama fest in New York this summer. 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the Rocky stage.
J. Cole. The North Carolina rapper and producer has topped the Billboard charts with his last two releases, the most recent being 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only. He’s also upgraded to the headlining spot after playing on the undercard in previous years. He’s gotten quite political on the Made in America stage in the past and we won’t be listening just for his music, but for his political stances, as well. 9:40 p.m. Saturday on the Rocky Stage