15 Artists to See at Made in America

With the passing of 4th of July comes prepping for the next major event to hit the Parkway, Made in America. Returning for the fifth year on September 3rd and 4th, the music festival has grown to become a Philadelphia staple, anticipated as the summer draws to an end. This year’s lineup is particularly exciting, including headliners Coldplay and Rihanna as well as known acts such as Chance the Rapper and DJ Khaled.  With over 50 artists playing in two days, the amount of talent present in the city will be overwhelming, as will be choosing who to see. As a place to start, below are 15 incredible artists worth checking out at the festival.

Grimes

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claire Elise Boucher puts an edge on bubblegum pop-electronic. Blending high-pitched vocals with synth-heavy loops and electric guitar riffs, Boucher’s sound and style are hers alone. Grimes’ set will be a visual and musical experience.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties

Philly native and The Wonder Years vocalist Dan “Soupy” Campbell is back in town with his side project. Unplugged yet with slight glimpses of their pop punk roots, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties add a personal twist to folk rock.

Bibi Bourelly

LA-based R&B artist Bibi Bourelly is only 21 years-old and is already one of the most talked about rising artists this year. Before releasing a series of singles and an EP Free The Real (Pt. #1), Bourelly has written and collaborated for a number of major artists. She has written songs for Rhianna (namely her 2015 single “Bitch Better Have My Money) and was credited a number of times for her contributions to Beyoncé’s album of the year candidate, Lemonade. Bourelly exhibits a straight-talking, no bullshit attitude that will make you sit up and take notice.

Madeon

Largely known for a 2011 viral YouTube mashup, Madeon has stayed relevant with uplifting beats and whimsical synths. With an exhilarating light show and fast-paced setlist, this is a must for anyone who wants get their feet off the ground.

St. Lucia

Jean-Philip Grobler’s electrifying vocals and captivating instrumentals will make for a memorable performance. The infectious, complex arrangements will appeal to music fans across genres.

Disciples

Known for their collaboration with Calvin Harris on “How Deep Is Your Love,” Disciples have much more to offer. Their solo tracks sport a deeper bass more powerful beats, making for a more traditional EDM performance.

Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert has been one of the most mentioned rising Rappers in 2016. Although he has shied away from being labeled a “rapper”, Lil Uzi has joined artists like Young Thug and Lil Yachy (another MIA act to watch out for!) to become a part of the next generation of artists for the genre. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lil Uzi was discovered by fellow Philly natives DJ Drama and Don Cannon, was praised by the late-great A$AP Yams, before getting signed to Atlantic Records. His latest project The Perfect Luv Tape shows continued growth from the young artist and guarantees his Philly homecoming will be set you cannot miss.

Sophie Beem

Signed by Beyonce herself, Sophie Beem has a promising music trajectory, and Made in America may catapult her career. The chance to see a rising star aside, Sophie Beem’s distinct vocals and beats will make her an enjoyable pop act to see.

Justine Skye

With soulful vocals and poise well beyond her age, 20-year-old Justine Skye’s performance will be one to remember, alternating between pop hits and R&B tracks to appeal across genres.

Dorothy

Rock fans should put Dorothy at the top of their list. The band is comparable to The Pretty Reckless, and Dorothy Martin’s howling vocals will steal the show.

Gallant

Gallant’s breathtaking vocals are reason enough to stop by the set. His soft R&B sound will make for a relaxing yet still enjoyable show.

SG Lewis

SG Lewis’ soothing beats make him stand out among the year’s largely fast-paced electronic acts. With singable melodies and a chill sound, his set will be refreshing.

Basement

Check out Basement for an adrenaline rush. The rock band has tracks across the spectrum from grungier punk singles to streamlined alternative, making for an interesting showcase.

Sir the Baptist

Beyond talent, Sir the Baptist brings a message to the festival. For meaningful music with an uplifting beat, he cannot be missed.

Denzel Curry

The Florida rapper is surprisingly catchy. Denzel Curry’s infectious beats and forceful raps will make for a compelling show for both longtime hip-hop fans and genre newcomers.

Let us know who you are most excited to see at Made in America in the comments below!

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