California Made in America show tunes up for day 2

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the first day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival in the books, the city tuned up for round two.

The Budweiser Made in America concert resumed Sunday in Grand Park, with Kanye West, John Mayer and Weezer among the many acts set to perform.

Some 35,000 people were expected to attend the multi-stage show near Los Angeles City Hall, braving temperatures well into the 90s.

The festival's first night went off with few problems, despite concerns from residents about possible security and traffic issues.

Authorities made 29 arrests Saturday, including six for felony narcotics, Los Angeles police Sgt. Andrew Neiman said. Seven people were transported to local hospitals for unknown reasons, he said.

Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack and Imagine Dragons were among the acts that performed Saturday.

Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and announced its West Coast expansion this spring.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti championed the Made in America event, fast-tracking it through city approvals.

"There's no question there will be economic benefit" for the city, he told reporters.

The mayor is among those expected to attend the show in Grand Park, which opened two years ago and is being used for the first time for a large, ticketed event. Police will be present in force, and several streets in the area are closed to accommodate the concert.

Concert promoter Live Nation paid the city $500,000 to cover setup and security costs, Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said. It also promised to pay for cleanup and any property damage, he said.

Officials anticipate the festival to be an economic boon for the city, Robb said, citing a reported $10 million infusion in Philadelphia during past Made in America events.