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Jay-Z, Ron Howard Hit High Notes on ‘Made in America’

Miguel performs at the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. A documentary from last year's festival will air on Showtime in October.
Miguel performs at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia. A documentary from last year’s festival will air on Showtime in October. Photo by Vivi N./

Anyone who missed the second annual Made in America festival, curated by Jay-Z over the weekend in Philadelphia, should start making plans for 2014, fans say.

“They need to be there next year,” said Chelsi Davis, a Howard University graduate. “It’s definitely something that should be on everyone’s bucket list that is into music.”

This year’s festival had appearances by Beyoncé, ASAP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Miguel, The Black Hippy Crew and Wiz Khalifa along with many other acts.

“I enjoyed the different styles of music and the diversity of the crowd,” said Nardine Romero, who attends Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Md. “I think that created just an overall positive environment where listeners got a chance to hear some of their favorite artists from different genres.”

Director Ron Howard’s documentary of the first event in 2012 is to premiere Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary, co-produced by Jay-Z, is also set to appear on Showtime on Oct. 7.

The documentary is filmed from Howard’s vantage point and captures exclusive interviews, backstage footage and exchanges with fans. Howard also follows Jay in the days leading up to the festival and all that went into the preparation. Artists who appeared last year and will be featured in the documentary include Kanye West, Drake, Janelle Monae, Run DMC, Santigold and Odd Future.

Check out a sneak peek of what to expect from the documentary below.


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