Grand Park, our downtown park, has been the subject of every comparison possible since debuting just over two years ago. How is it like other urban parks, how is it not, and will the 12-acre expanse become LA's primary meeting, picnicking, hangout place?
It's been trucking along on several fronts, save one: It hasn't yet hosted a major, major concert, like many other metro-ensconced green spaces around the country have. That changes over Labor Day Weekend with the Budweiser Made in America Festival, which is the first time the park has been the location for a pay-to-get-in happening.
The mondo, multi-genre gathering, which will see upwards of 50,000 attendees ready to see live performances from Imagine Dragons, Afrojack, Kanye West, John Mayer, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Juanes, and Weezer, was announced in the springtime. Founded by artist Jay-Z, the fest has Philadelphia roots and is "expected to inject millions of dollars into the LA economy," says Mayor Eric Garcetti.
United Way is a beneficiary.
The two-day party is also being "met with resistance by a group who fears alcohol will lead to dangerous behavior, while officials say security and the city are ready."
Headed to the park along with those 50,000 concert goers? Best check out the festival guide, which includes information on street closures, area hotels, ticket specifics, and how to get there (Metro is suggested).
The large-scale outdoor music festivals continue for Los Angeles, with the Sunset Strip Music Festival scheduled for the final weekend of summer (Sept. 20 and Sept. 21).