Jay-Z announces 2-day Philly music festival

The rapper has announced a two-day music festival in Philadelphia. It

Entertainer Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter smiles during a news conference at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Monday, May 14, 2012, in Philadelphia. The rapper announced plans for a two-day music festival in Philadelphia's at Fairmount Park, featuring nearly 30 acts "that embody the American spirit" on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jay-Z is in a Philadelphia State of Mind.

The rapper has announced a two-day music festival in Philadelphia. It'll feature nearly 30 acts "that embody the American spirit" across three stages at Fairmount Park on Sept 1. and Sept. 2, which is Labor Day weekend.

Jay-Z was joined by Mayor Michael Nutter on Monday atop the city's art museum steps, made famous by Rocky. The "Budweiser Made in America" festival will benefit United Way Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Tickets go on sale May 23 and will include rap, rock, R&B, Latin and dance performers.

The New York-born rapper says 70 percent of the acts are confirmed. A feverish crowd of fans was on hand, chanting his name. When one yelled out that Jay-Z's was the best, the rapper paused and said: "I agree."

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