Made in America is coming back in 2021. No acts have been announced… Let’s guess who will headline.
2021’s Made in America benefits the ACLU of Pennsylvania as its official charity partner. A portion of Made in America’s net proceeds supports the Arkansas-based REFORM Alliance, a criminal and prison justice reform organization. Made in America’s Cause Village, the festival’s philanthropic footprint and hub for social action will also be in attendance.
“We are thrilled to announce Made in America 2021 on the legendary Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year will be like no other, as Made In America celebrates 10 years of music history-making moments,” stated Jay-Z in a prepared statement. “The artists’ performances will be even bigger and Cause Village will host a wider range of amazing philanthropic organizations. We look forward to sharing incredible memories with our festival attendees and the city of Philadelphia.”
So who is playing the thing? At this time, there is no announcement though I can start the speculation.
Not only has Millie performed at several Made in Americas; in 2018, he had one of the blocks surrounding Ben Franklin named after him, and currently Meek is signed to Hova’s Roc Nation Management, the same team behind the MIA fest.
Cole too has headlined several Made in Americas, and has the Number #1 in America with his newly released The Off-Season. But after being off the live shift for a minute, wouldn’t he make his first big showcase his own Dreamers festival in North Carolina.
It has been a while since Made in America did its one night hip-hop, one night rock headlining thing, and no big “rock” is more relevant and ticket selling than Dave Grohl’s quiet-loud-quiet stuff.
It was rumored more than a few times that Em was scheduled for a Made in America. Instead, he detoured to Dover Delaware’s Firefly Fest as one of its weekend’s headliners. Come to Philly, Em.
Beyonce too has headlined her share of Made in Americas, but, c’mon: we haven’t seen her on stage since Homecoming on Netflix, or, in Philly since she played the stadium as a duet act with Hova.
… or Jay
Few acts can please an audience of old and young, Black and White, as Jay-Z can. I once saw him, on the day after 9/11 at Electric Factory, hold a crowd enthralled. Maybe that?