Guys. GUYS. I’ve got to take a minute and keep it real real with you all for a minute.
I went to the Made in America Festival this weekend. Yes. That’s it. That’s what I wanted to tell you.
Made in America is a festival sponsored by Budweiser and Jay-Z and is in its 4th year, taking over Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Labor Day weekend and turning it into an extreme and always epic two-day outdoor musical extravaganza.
I love a good festival (remember the Richmond Jazz Festival in August?) and Made in America is no exception. I’ve danced and sang along to Janelle Monaé and Kanye and Kings of Leon, thrashed around to Danny Brown and Odd Future and swayed to Jill Scott and D’Angelo. But something felt different this year. This year, I felt old.
I’m a young 30– no kids, single, down with the millennial lingo du jour– but I am also, let’s say, at least 5 years older than the average MIA Festival attendee. I’m here to share my wisdom of how to hang with the young ones but still act your age.
- Be comfortable.
If “Be comfortable” wasn’t specific enough, what I meant was, “Wear Sneakers”.
Sneakers: BP by Nordstrom or similar
Your feet will thank you later because You. Will. Be. Standing.
2. Eat before you get there. This may be the last time you can speak to your friends at a normal decibel level.
3. Meet up with friends. Make new ones. (You’ll feel better about standing off to the side away from all of the tweens in hot pants. ::Sidebar: Did you know that wearing your shorts so short that the bottom of your butt is exposed is a thing?::)
4. Of course, you GOT to enjoy the music!
5. Dance like no one’s watching. Sing, even though you’re pretty sure you don’t know the words.
6. Sleep. Because even though you’re beat all the way down, you’re pretty sure, against your better judgement, you’ll do it again next year.
What did you do for your Labor Day weekend? Have you outgrown any of your favorite activities?