May05

Jay Z's Made in America Festival Coming to L.A.

Categories // Entertainment Monday, 05 May 2014

jay zRapper Jay Z's Made in America music festival is coming to downtown L.A. this Labor Day weekend.

Despite concerns from one city council member about the “nightmare” the influx of thousands of people attending would cause, the rap mogul joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on the steps of City Hall to make the announcement, saying two years ago, "this was a dream."

He also called Garcetti an "incredible mayor," noting he "pulled this thing together in record time."

"Los Angeles is the perfect place, the perfect West Coast home for Made in America," Garcetti added. The festival could draw 50,000 concertgoers, Garcetti said.

The Budweiser Made in America festival had drawn opposition from those worried about multiple street closures that will be in place around downtown’s Grand Park for days to accommodate the crowds.

But Jay Z said he was happy the festival will be "in the middle of the city" where everyone can access it easily. "It's inclusion, it's not exclusive," he said.

The Labor Day weekend event at Downtown’s Grand Park August 30-31 will run alongside the original Made in America festival in Philadelphia. Tickets are on sale now. No music lineup was announced at the news conference but big acts including Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Jay Z's wife, Beyoncé, have appeared at what's billed as a festival "curated" by Jay Z.

The 2-Day Early Bird Tickets start at $125. Tickets are available for purchase at www.livenation.com.

Maya Rudolph’s Variety Special to Air on NBC

“Saturday Night Live” standout Maya Rudolph will host “The Maya Rudolph Show” as a pilot for a possible weekly series, if enough people tune in. Raphael Saadiq will serve as the show’s bandleader, while Andy Samberg, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes and Janelle Monae will appear as guests.

According to Deadline.com, Rudolph approached NBC about her variety show idea after her comedy series “Up All Night,” starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, was cancelled. NBC was among several suitors that began pursuing the project, leading to the pilot order.

Rudolph, daughter of the late soul singer Minnie Riperton, was one of “SNL‘s” most popular cast members of the past decade. Her seven-year stint produced a string of memorable impersonations and original characters that often included music performances, including her recurring gigs as Beyoncé, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” is set to air on NBC at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 19.

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