Made In America


Seen at Citadel Country Spirit USA, Philadelphia’s Country Music Festival

Friday I covered the Citadel Country Spirit USA, Philadelphia’s Country Music Festival in Glenmoore Pa. It was a beautiful day. The grounds at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show were the perfect spot for a festival, it was spacious and there were plenty of activities to keep one entertained if they wanted to roam around and still hear good country music. It was a beautiful setting. I can’t wait to go again next year, as well as see what other events happen there.

it was great to see people enjoying themselves out and about

Smiles everywhere

There was a lot of food choices, a picnic area, play area and lots of space to watch the show.

There are still tickets left for Saturday with headliner Miranda Lambert and Sunday Chris Young HERE

Brantley Gilbert was a headliner
he was special

The show is rain or shine, but a little rain last night didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit and was actually a relief after the hot day of fun, music under the sun. Stay hydrated, there’s plenty of food and drink to be had.


Made in America Fashions and Celebrities in Attendance

Happy Made in America. I wasn’t there this year to shoot the best fashions, so I scoured social media to find them. There wasn’t a lot of photos of people, but there was a lot of photos of acts on stage.


And Beyonce with JayZ

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And Bill Clinton with fans, including notable Richard Bush, lead singer of my fav 80s band – The A’s

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Malia Obama stole the show


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After Jay Electronica invited them on stage

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This year I wasn’t credentialed to shoot the event as there was a huge demand from around the world. I did get offers to shoot it after the initial turn down, but decided to go away instead and Mike was very happy about the vacation.  Budwesier also invited me to be their guest, and bring a guest, but Mike was not up for the 8 – 10 hr day he’d have to endure with me cause I like to be there for most of the time (FOMO – LOL). Even though I had a great vacation, and saw things that were on my summer bucket list, I really missed it, the people, all the fun things to see, the music, but most importantly that it happens right here Philly. See you next year, Bud!! (BTW it’s hell living on the Parkway after MIA completes too, it’s actually worse since everyone is back from the shore. Do yourself a favor, do not drive near the Parkway for another week.)


The Menu at Made In America Is Very Hipster, Prolific & Reasonable

Earlier I mentioned the drink prices, now I noticed they put up the Made In America Menu

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I have to say it’s epic. So many choices, and interesting choices, as well as the standard burgers, dogs and fries.  Love the titles for the “eateries” too. Banh Voyage – Then they want you to chose your adventure.







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There’s also a food/drink court on The Oval

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Here are the prices for the drinks. Remember there are water stations for you to fill up your water bottles

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for FREE – Also remember Budweiser is picking up your Lyft tab on Saturday and Sunday nights. When you get the ride, or the next morning when you awake, thank them using the HASHTAG #GiveADamn cause they do. Drink responsibly.

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Here’s The Made In America Set List Line Up

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For the fifth consecutive year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will benefit from the “Budweiser Made in America” music festival over Labor Day weekend. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support United Way’s work to improve education from cradle to career.


Enjoy the festival! Be sure to visit us in the Cause Village to learn more about our Education initiatives. The Cause Village is on the North Side of the Festival below Eakins Oval.


Budweiser’s #MadeInAmerica Set Times, Additional Artists and Details UR Gonna Like

Budweiser’s #MadeInAmerica is almost here

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The Rocky Stage is up


The Liberty Stage is Up – Check out the size of it next to the builders

PHILLY’s OWN EVE has been added to the performers and she’ll be on the Liberty Stage

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And now the set times are up


Bring your friends

HASHTAGS FOR THE DAY #MadeInAmerica #ThisBudsForYou #MIA #UnitedWay
(cause it’s a charity event and we want people to know that Made in America is raising money for a good cause.)


                                      Make Sure You Check out

The Budweiser Boardwalk, a three-story brand footprint, will offer unique touch points for BMIA festival-goers throughout the weekend, including:

o   Rock the Vote Voter Registration – any unregistered voters can register on site

o   Arm Dye – consumers can dip their arms in vats of red, white and blue paint to show off their patriotic spirit!

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o   Screen-printing – print DIY tote bags for free

o   GIF Photobooth – snap photos in a unique lenticular “bullet cam” photo booth array

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I guess you can bring your hula hoop too.

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Bring some cash for food and drink.

There are water stations where you can fill your water bottle back up.

There are also Charging Stations for your phones.

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Remember there is no re-entry, but there is plenty to do at Made In America

o   Boardwalk Games – what says boardwalk more than fun games?!

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Don’t for get to visit the Cause Village, and learn about many of the great charity organizations in Philly.



To ensure folks get home safely, Budweiser is offering all BMIA festival attendees free Lyft codes.
On your way home thank Budweiser by using the hashtag #GiveADamn – Cause they do!!

And when you leave, please be considerate to the neighborhood and don’t yell and scream, some people might actually be asleep. Also if you want pizza, my favorite spot is Luigi’s at 24th and Fairmount and he usually stays open til midnight.

There’s also a few bars on Fairmount Ave, which is North of the Parkway. There’s Bishop’s Collar, 24th and Fairmount, The London Grille at 23rd and Fairmount and Urban Saloon on Fairmount between 22nd and 23rd.

get the app to start planning today: http://smarturl.it/MIA2016APP

Have a great time, I will be looking for the best dressed and most fun shots on Social Media and will feature them here next week on PhillyChitChat.

Thanks to the City of Philly, Budweiser and ESM Productions for invites this year, but I graciously declined.

I’m off to see the Allentown Fair and hike the Appalachian trail.


Made in Philadelphia – Free Festival Labor Day Weekend at FDR Park

Made in Philadelphia – Free Festival Labor Day Weekend at FDR Park

If you’re looking for a chill festival to attend this week with your friends, something with a little shade and the ability to come and go as you please, parking and close to transportation?  I think FDR Park Music Jam should be on your list of festivals to attend this weekend.


FDR Park Music Jam FREE Festival: Get away from the crowds on the parkway this weekend and head down Broad Street instead for a free outdoor festival with a laid back environment and phenomenal live music. On Saturday 9/3 and Sunday 9/4, in association with Philadelphia Songwriters Project, Parks on Tap is hosting “FDR Park Music Jam,” a two-day, local music festival at FDR Park, right next to the stadiums. The festival features a list of locally acclaimed songwriters, artists and bands from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition, South Philly recording artist, Felicia, will be performing an opening set at 2 p.m. both days.  Here is the full lineup:

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Saturday, September 3

  • 3:00 Adam Web – known for his “optimistic acoustifunk”

  • 4:00 Bernard/BJ Sarkissian Music – plays original, recovery-based music in a method to connect with patient populations

  • 5:00 Ryan Tennis – has opened for Grammy Winners Kenny Loggins & Shawn Colvin. Also performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

  • 6:00 Ginger Coyle – singing since she was 14 with conscious lyrics and soulful pop melodies over acoustic guitar and driving piano

  • 7:00 Angela Burns Music – with a family history in bluegrass music, Angela carries on the tradition with her own folky pop twist

  • 8:00 Ross Bellenoit – toured with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee’s band


Sunday, September 4

  • 3:00 Alyssa Garcia – playing piano since  she was five and now just at 16 she has two self-produced albums

  • 4:00 Dawn Hiatt – winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest in 2008 & 2009

  • 5:00 Sharon Bousquet – released 7 albums of original soulful music, placed numerous songs in independent films and  promotional shorts

  • 6:00 Pixel8ter – inspired by the sounds of videogames, Pixel8ter puts on a live show that is dynamic and energetic

  • 7:00 Andrea Nardello – Tri-State Indie’s “Acoustic Artist Of The Year”.

  • 8:00 De Tierra Caliente – Since its formation in 2014, this flavorful trio from Philadelphia and Puerto Rico has released 2 full-length albums and played over 200 shows throughout the US, Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico.


Here is a link to the Facebook Event . We will also have extended hours for the holiday weekend: Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday – Sunday 1 to 11 p.m. and Monday, Labor Day 12 to 10 p.m.


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Barks on Tap: In addition, the following week Parks on Tap will be at Fairmount Water Works from September 7 to 11, and on Thursday 9/8 we are hosting a community dog party “Barks on Tap,” a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). From 5 to 10 p.m., 100 percent of beverage proceeds will be donated directly back to PAWS by the Tuttleman Family Foundation and Parks on Tap. Here is link to the Facebook Event and the flyer is attached.


The Budweiser Clydesdale Philly Schedule & Made In America Street Closures Info

Budweiser Made in America Concert Street Closures AND Clydesdale Meet and Greet

The Budweiser Made in America Concert will take place on the Parkway this Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, 9/3 and Sunday, 9/4 from 12pm to 12am each day.   There will be extensive street closings as is every year. This year the concert production promises to turn the speakers away from the neighborhood in an effort to cut down the noise. Made

It’s a great event, but know that traffic in the area is snarled and it’s quite difficult to go from one side of the City to the other anywhere above 20th Street. So STAY AWAY. There is no Re Entry on tickets either. Once you go in you must stay or forfeit your right to return unless you buy an additional ticket.Made
Main Street Closures :
Wed 8/31- 10am- inner lanes of Parkway from Eakins Oval to N. 20th St.
Thurs 9/1- 7pm- N 22nd St. between Parkway and PA Ave. (one lane to remain open through Fri. morning rush hour 10am)
Fri 9/2- Full closure of site at 10amFull closure to run through Tues. 9/6 at 5am.
Inner and outer lanes of Parkway from N 20th St to Art Museum
N 21st from PA Ave to Winter St
N 22nd from PA Ave to Parkway
N 23rd from PA Ave to Parkway
Kelly Drive from N 25th to Parkway

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The best part of The Budweiser Made in America Concert is the Budweiser Clydesdales

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2120 Fairmount Ave – THIS THURSDAY 8/25 6PM
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Center City – Washington Square 8/31
TRAFFIC ALERT, last time it went down Walnut Street and it was a hot mess. Get out of dodge beforehand.

North East Philadelphia – 9/1 * 5PM
7544 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136                         

Fairmount – 5PM

Check out their schedule HERE



#TrafficAlert: Shelter In Place Made in America is locking it up near the Parkway for the next 10 Days


Sunday 8-24-14:at 5am the (2) lanes in front of Art Museum    will be closed.

Monday 8-25-14:
at 5am the west lane of 22nd Street between Ben Franklin Pkwy and
Pennsylvania Ave will be closed.
Tuesday 8-26-14: at 5am the north parking lane of 2200 Park Towne Pl. and south curb
lane of 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. will be closed.
Thursday 8-28-14: at 7pm the (2) inner lanes of 2200 Ben Franklin Pkwy will be closed.

Friday 8-29-14:at 12pm there will be full road closures below:

·       21stand 22nd Streets from Fairmount Ave to Arch St

·       SpringGarden at 20th Street westbound

·       BenFranklin Pkwy from 20th Street westbound(inner and outer lanes)

·       2200Park Towne Pl

·       676off ramp at 24th Street

·       Kellyand MLK Drives around Art Museum

·       PennsylvaniaAve from 22nd to Fairmount