It was all done on a hope, prayer and prodding by some of my closest friends. The “it” being referring to here is purchasing tickets to Budweiser’s Made In America Festival in Philadelphia August 30-31. Off the strength of having not the first clue who would be performing, let alone headlining, apprehension was near the top of my emotions.
Turns out, I made out like a bandit. The soon-to-be married man himself, Kanye West, is headlining along with Kings of Leon.
— Budweiser MIA Fest (@MIAFestival) May 22, 2014
Antics be dammed, seeing Kanye perform has been on my musical bucket list for years. My only hope is buddy keeps the Yeezus tracks to three-song minimum (“Blood On The Leaves,” “Bound 2″ and “New Slaves,” preferably). Other than that, I’m ready to rap along to every lyric and relish simply being a fan. Not “tastemaker” because Lord knows that’s never been my lane. Not a “music critic” because I like what I like and that’s all that really matters to me. Yeah, a fan enjoying music with some of my best friends on the planet.
And when Kings of Leon does “Somebody?” I might have a religious experience (or it could be the Budweiser kicking in).
Oh, and Pharrell? Danny Brown? YG? J. Cole? Baauer? Mayer Hawthorne? Yes, yes and yes, please. Sounds like a memory and I’m all about creating those.
Update: Here are the lineups for both Philly and Los Angeles.