(PCM)We once again have made the trek to Benjamin Franklin Parkway and nestled ourselves at the foot of the Art Museum to enjoy another year at the Budweiser Made In America festival. As usual BMIA features a beautiful array of eclectic talent that spans every imaginable genre of music. Today, we caught performances from The Struts, Young Rising Sons, Vic Mensa, G-Eazy, De La Soul, Nick Jonas, Meek Mill, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, Bassnectar and of course Queen B, herself, Beyoncé.
There is never a dull moment at BMIA and right from the gate The Struts blew us away with the high-energy and deliciously sleazy rock n’ roll show! If these guys are not on your music radar than they really should be! We seriously could have watched them perform all day long…Sorry Bey! It was also fantastic to have the chance to kick it a little bit old school with De La Soul! What a fun time seeing this group perform live as they have been on our bucket list for quite sometime. The afternoon also brought us phenomenal sets from Young Risings Sons and Nick Jonas. This is the first time we have seen Nick Jonas live and he absolutely blew us away churning through his extensive catalog of hits.
The biggest surprise of the day came near the end rapper Meek Mills performance when none other than his girlfriend Nicki Minaj joined him on stage to perform the song “All Eyes On You”!
She hypnotized the audience with a simple “What’s good Philly?” reminiscent of her recent sentiments to 2015 VMA host Miley Cyrus during MTV’s live broadcast of the award show when calling Cyrus for allegedly slamming her in the press.
As we got into the evening, things slowed down a bit with performances from Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse. Death Cab For Cutie held their own in a crowd that consisted mostly of hip-hop and EDM fans, however we found Modest Mouse to be a bit on the boring side. We truly wish there could have been a more solid rock headliner, but they certainly did their best to hold the audiences attention.
To close out the evening and amp up the energy we saw performances from the always engaging Bassnectar and of course Queen B, herself, Beyonce! Beyonce absolutely stunned and put on a powerhouse performance as usual! She was without a doubt the days most anticipated performer and plowed through her extensive catalog of hits opening with “Crazy In Love (50 Shades Remix)” and closing out with “Single Ladies”.