Jay-Z to curate and headline 'Budweiser Made in America' festival
Jay-Z is planning to curate and headline the upcoming "Budweiser Made in America" music festival.
The festival, which will include nearly 30 artists, will take place in Philadelphia on September 1 and 2, over Labor Day weekend. Proceeds from the event will benefit United Way.
"This Labor Day, we will not only make history but we're benefiting a great organization," Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter said in a statement. "'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."
The rapper plans to announce the 28 performing artists on May 21, but according to a press release, they will include rock, hip hop, R&B, Latin and dance music.
"I've always believed in great music," Jay-Z told the Associated Press. "I don't believe in the lines that separate music... That's for people that can't easily define what they're hearing, so they have to put it in some sort of box. Me, I listen to anything I like."
Tickets for the festival go on sale on Wednesday, May 23 through Ticketmaster and Live Nation, or on Tuesday, May 22 for fans of Budweiser's Facebook page. A limited number of 2-day passes will be available for $99.
The festival will be live-streaming on the Internet and will cumulate in music parties across America, sponsored by Budweiser and featuring local bands and artists.
The "Budweiser Made in America" festival is a revamped version of the beer company's "SuperFest" concert franchise, which debuted in the 1970's and featured artists like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.
"I had a relationship with Anheuser Busch going back to Bud Select [in 2006], and all those things came together and piqued my interest as another way to make an iPod playlist that's gonna play for two days live," Jay-Z told Billboard on Monday.
Beyonce and Jay-Z, who married in 2008, welcomed their daughter on January 7 in a New York hospital.
Shortly after the birth, Jay-Z released a song about the baby, called "Glory."
"I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter," Jay-Z told Billboard. "I want to enjoy this time for what it is. I'm sure that bug to get back in the studio will come back at some point."