The day kicked off with Fitz and the Tantrums. As the first band of the day, the crowd wasn't as large as it could have been. Singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs were able to hit every note, and connect with the crowd effortlessly.
Solange's set was an awesome combo of bass-heavy funk. Her catalog is full of jazzy R&B with a hint of pop. She pranced around on stage smiling and dancing, while singing fan favorites like "T.O.N.Y" and more. Her happy stage presence is contagious.
Most of the crowd here today came for Kendrick Lamar. His set mainly consisted of his fellow TDE artists, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q (Black Hippy). After that, Kendrick gave the crowd what they wanted, a long with a full band. The crowd rapped along as Kendrick performed songso ff his now certified platinum debut album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.
Miguel was up next on the Liberty Stage. He always puts on a good show. He segued into the fan favorite "How Many Drinks?" by way of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)," after giving him a shout out. He also performed some older songs like "All I Want Is You," and "Sure Thing." His smooth dancing, tight vocals, and crowd squeals every now and then made an entertaining set.
If you've ever been to a Wiz Khalifa concert, you know his set is coming up just from the cloud of weed covering the sun. He introduced his self to the crowd by saying, “I’m tall. I’m sexy. I like to smoke weed and I like to have a good time.” After that, Wiz skated through his 17 song set in 45 minutes. He performed classics like "Taylor Gang" and "Black and Yellow", along with some new tracks like "Work Hard, Play Hard" and "Young and Wild and Free." He definitely kept the crowd on their feet.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their recent hits including "Thrift Shop"," and "Same Love." Macklemore is definitely a pro and engaging with the crowd and hyping everyone up. Their set was full of energy. the fastest-rising new artist at the festival, performed their recent string of hits for a massive crowd. While he was introducing “White Walls” Macklemore invited “as many as will fit” into their limo for a Capri Sun and a Lunchable. I thought this was so funny. TDE's ScHoolboy Q joined them onstage for his verse. Macklemore ended their set by crowdsurfing.
Nine Inch Nails was the headliner of the night. Hitting around the stage around 10:30, the crowd was definitely full of die hard fans as they sang along to hits like "Sanctified." To open their set, lead singer Trent Reznor simply came out and sang "Copy of A" off their new album Hesitation Marks, on a single microphone. After a while, the rest of his bandmates and instruments started to appear on either side of him. The whole performance lacked the bells and whistles, but made up for it in content. The closed their set with a crowd-band duet performance of “Hurt.”
And that's a wrap! The Budweiser Made in America Festival is now over after a successful two days. We're looking forward to next year!