Jay-Z showed his softer side, holding Beyoncé's hand while they strolled around the festival Sunday. The pair, ensconced by security, watched Gary Clark Jr. on Sunday from the Liberty Stage, where on Saturday Jay-Z could be seen checking out Janelle Monae's performance.
Starr Restaurants chef Anthony DiRienzo made Beyoncé a chicken quesadilla minus cheese, a watermelon/tomato salad with lime vinaigrette and a house salad, which she enjoyed in her husband's dressing room as his Saturday set was winding down.
The catering division also made Jay-Z and Beyoncé airplane food of roasted chicken, strip steak, eggplant, halibut, fruit salad and more to take with them on a private jet, which we're told left late Sunday night.
Despite the mini versions of Morimoto and Buddakan, which Starr Restaurants set up backstage for Jay-Z's guests, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and a guest dined Saturday at Morimoto (723 Chestnut) on sushi, salmon carpaccio, wagyu, ponzu and black cod.
Director Ron Howard, who was documenting the festival for an upcoming film, and producing partner Brian Grazer snacked on sushi from Morimoto. Howard ran into Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen on Sunday and told Timonen he was a Blackhawks fan.
Timonen and teammate Ville Leino were at Sunday's show to see Pearl Jam. Eagles Todd Herremans and Brent Celek were on site Sunday, and ex-Eagles Freddie Mitchell and Troy Vincent were there Saturday.
Actress Eliza Dushku picked up a vegan cheesesteak from Hip City Veg (127 S. 18th) Friday night. She spent the weekend at the festival with her boyfriend, former Los Angeles Lakers player Rick Fox. Actresses Brittany Snow and Adrienne Bailon were also spotted throughout the weekend along the Parkway. Bailon caught Pearl Jam on Sunday night from the Budweiser Sky Deck.
Kim Kardashian stood on the side of the Rocky Stage for Jay-Z's Saturday set when her boyfriend, Kanye West, briefly joined his longtime collaborator onstage. Kardashian arrived with a few friends by helicopter shortly before Jay-Z went on.
Paul Chibe, vice president of marketing for Anheuser-Busch, which sponsored the event with Jay-Z and Live Nation, says it's too early to say for sure, but he would like to bring Budweiser Made in America back to Philadelphia next year. When we spoke with him Sunday, Chibe praised Mayor Nutter, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Streets Department for making the event safe and successful.
And finally, many people wondered why The Roots weren't involved in Budweiser Made in America, as some speculated the Philly hip-hop heroes would even serve as Jay-Z's backing band. Roots leader ?uestlove told us Sunday by Twitter direct message that the group booked a show in Ireland about eight months ago, long before the festival was announced. "I'm salty," he told us, wishing he was there to see Jay-Z, Run-DMC and many more artists.
Adam DeVine and Blake Anderson from Comedy Central's "Workaholics" attended both days of the festival and stopped to take many pictures and talk with fans throughout the weekend.
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