On a bleak, gray, cold Saturday in January, Radio 104.5 decided it would be a good time to throw an outdoor concert. It was just what the doctor ordered. If you were lucky enough to score free tickets and slosh you way through snow and sleet to South Philly and the parking lot of XFINITY Live!, then you were not disappointed. Winter Jam, as it was referred to, featured 2 stages and 7 bands through out the day. The doors opened at noon and the music lasted until the sun set. It was the perfect break from the winter blues that most of us tend to suffer from this time of year.
Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness kicked off the event on the main stage with his passionate piano playing and catchy tunes. To watch him play, you can tell he is a guy who is truly enjoying what he does. At one point, he ran out into the crowd singing while hi-fiving everyone. He ended his set with the crowd favorite “Cecilia and the Satellite”. Next up on the local stage was Philly favorite Cruisr. I had seen them open for The 1975 in December and it’s fun to watch this band gain momentum. They are definitely a band that has so much potential and the next year it will be exciting to see. Over on the main stage, Walk the Moon was up next. From the first beat, they really got the crowd up and dancing with favorites such as “Tightrope”, “Shut Up and Dance” and “Anna Sun”. Their energy was infectious and carried over to the local stage where another Philly favorite Cheerleader jumped onto stage. This is another band that is really starting to take off. Their indie pop sounds are what will get them there.
Cold War Kids hit up the main stage next. I think the cold weather was a little out of the ordinary for this west coast band that is probably used to warmer temps. Never the less, their high energy got the crowd moving again with favorites such as “All This Could Be Yours” and “Hang Me Up To Dry”. Closing out the Local stage was contest winners We Speak In Sounds. This South Jersey band is super fun to watch. Their upbeat songs, crazy dance moves and love of acoustic guitars make them ones to watch in the upcoming years. The Radio 104.5 audience really knows how to pick a band. By the time The Gaslight Anthem came on the main stage to end the day, the crowd was definitely ready. They were looking for a band that was going to get up there and just rock out and The Gaslight Anthem did not disappoint. As the sun was setting they played old and new songs including “Get Hurt” and fave “45”.
It was a perfect ending to a day that saw all kinds of weather scenarios – rain, snow, sleet, clouds and sun. The music made you forget that all of these things were happening all around you and that you couldn’t feel your fingers.