Jay Z, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to Announce Music Festival

Jay-Z, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z on Wednesday are expected to announce a two-day music festival for Labor Day weekend in the city’s Grand Park, a first-of-its-kind event underscoring the revival of downtown as a cultural destination.

The Budweiser Made in America Music festival has been talked about for weeks, and in particular the role of Jay Z (pictured) as a creative organizer. The event, with Live Nation as the promoter, may draw tens of thousands of people to the location, which stretches from the Los Angeles Music Center to City Hall.

Jay Z’s festival in Philadelphia last year drew a lineup that included Nine Inch Nails and Beyonce.

The plans for the event have drawn some controversy after City Councilman Jose Huizar introduced a motion last month asking the city to withhold permits for the event until they have more answers on its potential disruption to downtown.

Of concern to Huizar, whose district covers the downtown area, has been the effect of street closures on the local area and that community members and his office are in the loop. He also has raised questions about holding a for-profit, ticketed concert festival where alcohol will be served in a public venue, and what the public would get in return.

Huizar’s spokesman, Rick Coca, said that the councilman would not attend the announcement, but that they did have a first meeting with Garcetti’s office about a week ago.

“We’ve had some positive outcomes in the first week” since the meeting, he said. “Others we still need to address.” But he said that their concerns were not over Jay Z or any of the performers, but over logistical and communication issues.

Nevertheless, Grand Park was conceived as badly needed central civic space for a dispersed city, and the success of a New Year’s Eve celebration has convinced city leaders of the possibilities of staging a mammoth event and making the area a focal point for Los Angeles.

Scheduled to join Garcetti and Jay Z are Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, as well as Budweiser VP Brian Perkins and United Way Of Greater Los Angeles CEO Elise Buik. 

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    2. Kevin says:

      Carmen & Dameon: That’s what FYF in LA State Historic Park is for. Jay is likely trying to bring a Coachella-esque festival to LA.

    3. Bev says:

      So how much is this going to cost? Jay Z don’t work for free. And will the park actually have room for 20 thousand people? I was at the New Years Eve event at downtown and the city closed entry a 7:45pm because there were too many people. I hope they organize the event better.

    4. Carmen says:

      I agree with Mr. Pichetrungsi below..it would be great to see local unsigned hardworking artist like my daughter at soundcloud.com/doriansmusic …shes a talented singer/songwriter and great performer. She would be an asset to this festival.

    5. This is great for the city, however if they are going to call it a featival, it better highlight the plethora of unsigned and non-commercial artists that make up the L.A. Music scene. Don’t just let major corporations use our venues, invest in the talents that keep this city vining to sounds from all over the world.

    6. I am looking forward to this event. I also understand holding out on permits until some kind of deal is made to compensate downtown residents for the disturbance of their normal flow.

    7. F S N says:

      Reblogged this on The Now.

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