One of the biggest stars in rap will put together a massive outdoor concert on Labor Day weekend.
JayZ (aka Shawn Carter) is organizing more than 20 acts — including himself — to perform on three stages on the Parkway Sept. 1 and 2. The lineup of artists will be announced May 21.
Budweiser will sponsor a string of small concerts and parties across the country this summer, culminating in Philadelphia for the Labor Day “Made in America” festival. About 80,000 visitors are expected to come to the Parkway to hear a range of acts including rock, R&B, and hip-hop.
“Everyone knows my love affair with Philly, from the amazing talented artists I’ve signed from here, to the film work that I’m about to do with Will Smith and James Lassiter and [Smith’s production company] Overbrook,” said JayZ. “I always gotta do my mama proud, so I can’t do half-baked work. I’m really putting my all into this.”
JayZ was joined Monday on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art by Mayor Michael Nutter to make the announcement.
“We could not be more excited about [Budweiser’s] commitment, their support for education, and certainly for the musical artists,” said Nutter, a former DJ. “Philadelphia is a music town. I think we know a little about music here in Philadelphia.”
It will be a busy Labor Day weekend: Bruce Springsteen will also perform two concerts at Citizens Bank Park.