Mud soaked sneakers, blankets, Budweiser branded bandanas, broken umbrellas, an American flag, demolished cardboard recycling containers and even a few back packs were among some of the casualties of the rain, thunder and lightning storm that swept through Center City Philadelphia and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during day two of Made In America.
Two songs into Spoon’s set, the ominous dark clouds covering the festival grounds barely broke as Spoon lead singer Britt Daniel got a cue from the Rocky Stage production people to stop playing. “They’re asking us to leave the stage,” Daniel said. As Spoon quickly left the stage the announcements began: “Ladies and Gentlemen, please pay close attention to this announcement. Please evacuate the premises immediately and seek safe and secure shelter.”
The audience reacted quickly, the security responded with seamless and smooth emergency evacuation procedures, and the crowd was encouraged to keep their ticket stubs and check social media for updates.
The Made In America twitter gave quick and up to the minute information to those on social media, and about 90 minutes later, the festival restarted, with Spoon taking to the stage during a soaking rain. The downpour seemed to bring out the best in the band, as they played a spirited set of new songs and some older classics like “I Turn My Camera On,” “Don’t Make Me A Target,” and “The Way We Get By.”
The post-downpour re-gathering of the Made In America tribe seemed to levitate the spirit of the remaining bands and the crowd.
After Spoon, Girl Talk, (Gregg Gillis, a DJ who specializes in mashups and sampling) turned the party level up to a feverish high. Surrounded by dozens of audience members dancing non-stop, Gillis stomped along with them, driving the energy even harder. A Girl Talk party is the only dance party that matters, and he proved why he’s one of the greatest DJ’s playing out now. Topping off his set, Gillis brought out Philly rapper Freeway, with whom Gillis recently collaborated on for their Broken Ankles EP.
Following Girl Talk, Pharrell Williams, his hat, a dynamic full band and a set of dancers played a slightly shortened set, however it was filled with many of his best known songs including the set opener “Lose Yourself To Dance,” and “Get Lucky,” (both songs on which he collaborated on with Daft Punk), “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” (Snoop Dogg), “Hollaback Girl,” Nelly’s “Hot In Here,” and two songs from his rock band NERD (“Lapdance,” and “Rock Star.”). He closed with and made everybody who stayed “Happy.”
Headliners Kings of Leon played a tight 17 song set of songs after Tiesto turned a mud and water soaked Parkway into a giant dance floor.
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