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Local tourism officials are excited for the extravaganza. It’s “a destination-defining event” for the city in the same way that Live 8 was, said Patricia Washington, vice president of cultural tourism for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corp.

“This is going to bring tremendous attention to Philadelphia as a music city,” Robinson said.

City Representative Melanie Johnson said in an email Thursday that local officials have met a few times about the concert and plan to form an operations team in the next few weeks.

The concert is sponsored by Budweiser.

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