Every year Radio 104.5 puts on a spectacular outdoor concert towards the end of January featuring some of the years hottest and upcoming artists. Up first for the day was Coleman Hell, born in Ontario and completely tearing up the dance-pop scene. You might have heard him on the radio with his hit, “2 Heads.”
While everyone thought they were getting ready for Nathaniel Rateliff, the crowd got a surprise as X Ambassadors took the stage for a special two song set. The crowd sang along to acoustic renditions of “Renegades” and “Unsteady.” Once the brothers parted the stage, there was a short set change and Nathaniel took the stage for a set that no one was ready for. From start to finish, Rateliff and The Night Sweats had transformed the stage into something straight out of Missouri.
Up next was the child star that took everyone by storm when she released her first track in 2012. Elle King had brought everything from her attitude to her chihuahua to Winter Jam this year. After a slight technical difficulty with her guitar, she said “fuck it!” and played the rest of the set without it, allowing herself to move more freely around the stage and command the crowd the way she wanted to.
Last but not least was Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. Currently on the road with his previous band, Jack’sMannequin, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their incredible debut album, Everything In Transit. After playing a sold out show the night before at The Electric Factory, he played the parking lot setup like no other.
McMahon graced the crowd with songs from all of his outfits including “I Woke Up In a Car” from his first band Something Corporate. He gave the audience everything they asked for, from slow jams like “The Mixed Tape” and “Driving Through a Dream,” and the more nostalgic “Dark Blue,” the crowd was not disappointed.
Even though it was rather warm for Winter Jam this year, the tradition and experience lived on. Until next year Philly.