Rapper Jay Z's Made in America music festival is coming to downtown's Grand Park despite concern from one City Council member that the influx of thousands of people attending multiple stages with access to beer could create a "nightmare."
The rapper joined L.A. Mayor
He also called Garcetti an "incredible mayor," noting he "pulled this thing together in record time."
The Budweiser Made in America festival had drawn opposition from those worried about multiple street closures that will be in place for days to accommodate the crowds. No music lineup was announced at the news conference, but big acts including Phoenix, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Jay Z's wife, Beyoncé, have appeared at what's billed as a festival "curated" by Jay Z.
But Garcetti said the festival will be a boon to the city and its economy.
"Los Angeles is the perfect place, the perfect West Coast home for Made in America," he said.
However, Huizar spokesman, Rick Coca, said in an email Tuesday his office had questions over whether the festival is the best use for Grand Park, "the so-called 'people's' park."
"If it is, what is the public -- that is the city and downtown Los Angeles community -- getting in return?" Coca said.
But Jay Z said he was happy the festival will be "in the middle of the city" where everyone can access it easily. "It's inclusion, it's not exclusive."
L.A. County Supervisor
"I'm very, very proud of everything we've been doing at Grand Park," she said.
Grand Park has grown increasingly popular as a venue since it opened in 2012. A Fourth of July fireworks event last year drew 12,000 people. Months later, a
The Labor Day weekend event will run alongside the original Budweiser Made in America festival in Philadelphia, according to
"Los Angeles has 99 problems, but Jay Z and Made in America ain't one," Molina said.
Times staff writers Emily Alpert Reyes and David Zahniser contributed to this report.