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Searing sets save Made in America L.A.
Searing sets save Made in America L.A.

What makes a good Southern California music festival? Quality acts, artfully selected, with pleasant surprises and an overarching vision. Easy access to essentials for enjoying — not just surviving — the daylong adventures. Accessible good food, well-plotted facilities near (but not too near) the action, thoughtfully organized vendors, cheap water and, if so inclined on a hot Labor Day weekend in downtown Los Angeles, readily gluggable beer. Those answers were in limited supply during the West Coast debut of the Made in America music festival, which consumed three stages and half a dozen blocks in and around Grand Park on Saturday and Sunday. Hot, cloudless days left a lot of...

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