• Cardi B sets off fireworks, Ben Simmons cheers on Juice Wrld, Rosalia brings crowd to tears: Made in America 2019 recap
  • Made in America has become a Philadelphia tradition. The two-day music festival, curated by Jay-Z, returned on Aug. 31 with another star-packed lineup promising performances by some of the hottest names in music today.
    There was Cardi B, Juice Wrld, Roddy Ricch, Pink Sweat$, Bazzi, Anderson .Paak and more. But who were our favorites? Read on to find out.
    Cardi B
    You can’t say Cardi B doesn’t know how to put on a show. The rapper came out with a fierce energy that never left her on the stage. She commanded the stage in a rainbow catsuit and played hit after hit after hit. Of course, the highlight was “Bodak Yellow,” her breakout song. She finished it off with an epic firework display. Well done, Cardi.
    We’ve never seen so many tears at a concert then when Rosalia took to the stage. The Spanish singer clearly has a solid fan base and after watching her set at Made in America it was clear why. Not only was the choreography on point, but every note and word she sang sounded sincere. Looks like we need to brush up on our Espanol for next time she’s in town.
    Juice Wrld
    Juice Wrld had a fan in Ben Simmons, the 76ers star was spotted in the pit for his performance. But Simmons was just one of many people eager to see the Chicago rapper perform… he easily attracted one of the bigger crowds of the day. While we loved hearing him break out “Lucid Dreams” and “Ransom,” the highlight for us was “No Bystanders.” Only thing that could have made it better was if Travis Scott, who is also on the track, had come out to join him on stage. Scott is performing at Made in America on Sept. 1, so we’re hoping Juice Wrld sticks around so we can see the two play the song together.
    Anderson .Paak
    If you haven’t heard Anderson .Paak live do yourself a favor and book a ticket to one of his shows now. He’s a stellar performer with a truly awesome band. .Paak pulled out all the stops for his Made in America show too, including getting a mini mosh pit going. And there were mini fireworks too. And flames. It. Was. Great.
    American DJ Kaskade didn’t play it safe at Made in America. Often the top EDM acts at the festival cycle through a list of current hits, but Kaskade wasn’t afraid to throw it back -- even bringing out “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. But maybe that is a safe move… after all, who doesn’t love that song?
    We also loved all these super excited fans:
    And we’ll end with a PSA:
    If you lost your phone at Made in America, you aren’t the only one. The festival said they found more than 100 lost phones on Aug. 31. Those who lost them can pick them up at the Philadelphia Police 9th District office (401 N. 21st St., Philadelphia).
    Made in America continues on Sept. 1 with performances by Travis Scott, Lizzo and Lil Uzi Vert. Tickets are still available for the final day of the festival and will set you back $89.50. Tickets for Made in America can be purchased at madeinamericafest.com . Funds raised from the festival go towards the REFORM Alliance , an organization devoted to fighting for criminal justice reform. REFORM Alliance is run by Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill.

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