Jay-Z’s “Made in America” music festival is officially coming to Downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter announced Wednesday that the Budweiser-sponsored festival will be held Labor Day weekend.
The two-day event is expected to draw as many as 50,000 people and will be the first paid-entrance event at the so-called “people’s park.” The lineup has not yet been announced, but tickets went on sale Wednesday.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said the festival will be an economic boon to the city and he hopes it will draw attention to the two-year-old park as a civic gathering spot. Other city leaders have raised concerns about safety and logistics.
Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents Downtown, urged the city to hold off issuing the permit for the concert, citing concerns about street closures and alcohol sales at the concert.
Is a big festival in Grand Park good for Los Angeles? Could an event like this establish the park as a central iconic space in the heart of Los Angeles? Can Downtown handle 50,000 concertgoers? Do the logistical and safety concerns outweigh the potential benefits?
LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina