#MadeInAmerica: The Rain, Restrictions & Randomness of Day 2

Photos by Marco Torres
Jay-Z and Beyonce
Day two of the first-ever Made In America music festival felt considerably less hectic and crowded than day one. The blazing heat of the previous day was replaced with scattered showers, and the humidity that follows, making for a sticky and slippery situation on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The crowd decided to sleep in, showing up much later in the afternoon.

There was an equal smattering of Run-DMC T-shirts as Pearl Jam tees amongst the fans, and a smaller group of kids wearing OVO attire. Newcomers Rita Ora and Santigold kicked off the fun with upbeat and danceable pop music. The Hives moved the crowd in front of the Liberty Stage with driving rock jams. They told the crowd that although they are from Sweden, their music is a result of American rock and roll.

Philly native Jill Scott performs in front of her hometown crowd.
Philadelphia darling Jill Scott hit the stage with a roaring applause from her hometown fans. She looked stunning and excited, showcasing her soulful vocals and funky delivery. Her set began with tracks from the album Who Is Jill Scott?, which she said was recorded in this city. Special guest and fellow Philly girl Eve joined her to perform "Shame" and "Let Me Blow Your Mind".

The crowd really turned up for the return of hip-hop pioneers Run-DMC, who have been silent since the 2002 murder of DJ Jam-Master Jay. A passionate Rev. Run yelled at a stagehand just prior to the start of the show. "WHY ARE YOU ON MY STAGE?!"

This was obviously very special to him and DMC, and they thanked Jay-Z for the opportunity. The fans sang along to "Its Tricky" "Peter Piper" and "My Adidas." Laughs rang out as the "Reverend" cursed up a storm onstage, asking for the fans to put their "hands in the goddamn air!"

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