Monday, September 1, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The second day of downtown Los Angeles' inaugural outdoor music festival sizzled on Sunday as more than 37,000 concertgoers grooved to an eclectic mix of rock, hip-hop and electronic music under the blazing sun.
Police said the Budweiser Made in America concert in Grand Park went off with few problems.
Authorities made 59 arrests — four of them for unspecified felonies — and cited 67 others for alcohol-related offenses, Lt. Andy Neiman, a police spokesman, said. Nearly 50 people were treated for alcohol-related problems and released, and three others were taken to a hospital for treatment, he added.
On Saturday, 29 people were arrested and seven were taken to the hospital for unknown reasons.
The multi-stage show near City Hall was headlined by Rita Ora, John Mayer, Cypress Hill, Juanes and Weezer. Kanye West closed the festival Sunday night.
Rap mogul Jay Z launched the two-day festival in Philadelphia in 2012 and announced its West Coast expansion this spring.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti championed the Made in America event, fast-tracking it through city approvals. He took to the stage Sunday night during DJ Greg Aoki's set, donning a plain T-shirt.
It's the first time Grand Park, which opened two years ago, is being used for a large, ticketed event. The festival transformed Civic Center — usually quiet on a weekend — into the city's party central, drawing food trucks, revelers and heavy car traffic.
Concert promoter Live Nation paid the city $500,000 to cover setup and security costs, Garcetti spokesman Yusef Robb said. It also promised to pay for cleanup and any property damage, he said.
Officials anticipate the festival to be an economic boon for the city, Robb said, citing a reported $10 million infusion in Philadelphia during past Made in America events.