AirTalk for April 17, 2014

Mayor Garcetti and Jay-Z team up to promote downtown LA concert

Budweiser Made In America Press Conference

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser

(L-R) United Way President & CEO Elise Buik, recording artist Jay Z, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson and Budsweiser Vice President Brian Perkins speak onstage at Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

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?

Guest: 

LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina


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