California Made in America show sizzles on day 2

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival sizzled on Sunday as more than 34,000 concertgoers grooved to an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and electronic music under the blazing sun.

Police said the Budweiser Made in America concert in Grand Park went off with few problems.

By 5 p.m. authorities made five arrests — two of them for drug-related felonies — and cited more than a dozen others for alcohol-related offenses and other misdemeanors, Lt. Andy Neiman, a police spokesman, said. Eleven people were treated for alcohol-related problems and released, and two others were taken to a hospital for treatment, he added.

On Saturday, 29 people were arrested and seven were taken to nearby hospitals for unknown reasons.

The multi-stage show near City Hall was headlined by Rita Ora, John Mayer, Cypress Hill, Juanes and Weezer, and Kanye West.

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.

It's the first time Grand Park, which opened two years ago, is being used for a large, ticketed event. The festival transformed Civic Center — usually quiet on a weekend — into the city's party central, drawing food trucks, revelers and heavy car traffic.

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.