Made In America 2018: Day 1 Recap

Unlike some of the Made In America festivals in years past, the first day seemed to serve more as a warm up to the second day of the festival. Ashlee, a concert goer from New Orleans sitting at the skate stage around midday put it simply , “It’s just not lit enough yet.”

Upcoming rapper and Chicago native Juice WRLD had one of the biggest crowds among any of the undercards during the day at the Tidal stage. He came out to his most popular song, “Lucid Dreams” and performed hits almost exclusively from his recent emotionally charged mixtape “Goodbye and Good Riddance”. However, performing his singles “Black & White” and “Lucid Dreams” both twice was an interesting choice to say the least. It made it feel like he didn’t completely capitalize on the crowd’s initial energy.

It was hard to tell if it was due to disappointment or not but as Juice WRLD left the Tidal stage so did the majority of the crowd. Those who stayed were rewarded with a electrifying performance from Memphis, Tennessee native, Bloccboy JB. Who brought his signature dance moves to the stage and promptly jumped off of it to dance with the crowd a little, too.

While a good amount of people had there sights set on Janelle Monáe at the Liberty stage good amount of the crowd also watched her performance from the Rocky Stage, where Meek Mill would perform as soon as Monáe finished up.

This was the first time Meek got to perform in his hometown since his very well documented imprisonment and he was grateful. You could just tell by the way he addressed the crowd multiple times between songs. One time to make a special thanks to Jay-Z, Desiree and Sixers co-owner, Michael Rubin.  The whole performance had a half concert, half  “TED Talks” feeling to it. Meek also brought fellow Philadelphia native, Tierra Whack for a cameo performance. Sure the festival may not have started off on the most exciting note. But it ended by showcasing it’s own city’s talent.


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