Jay-Z announces Philly music festival

May 15, 2012 at 8:30 AM
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PHILADELPHIA, May 15 (UPI) -- Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has announced he will curate and headline a two-day music festival in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend to benefit United Way.

"Budweiser Made in America" will include a roster of nearly 30 artists to be announced May 21, producers Live Nation said.

The shows will be performed across three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Sept. 1-2. The event is being sponsored by Budweiser.

"This Labor Day, we will not only make history but we're benefiting a great organization. 'Budweiser Made in America' will encompass every genre of music, creating and showcasing the only genre that matters, 'great music.' Budweiser and Live Nation are going to produce an amazing two days of performances, and it's great to partner with United Way again to support all of the positive work they do in the community," Carter said in Philadelphia Monday.

"This festival will offer music fans from across the U.S. and beyond -- the biggest names in hip-hop, rock, dance and other popular genres this Labor Day," said Rob McCarthy, vice president of Budweiser for Anheuser-Busch.

"Philadelphia is delighted to welcome visitors from around the country for a national music festival," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "United Way has brought Jay-Z and Budweiser together to host this national event in the birthplace of America. We are excited to invite the musicians, sponsors, guests and festivalgoers for a memorable weekend."

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