Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016 Blasts off the New Year

Photography by Mike Mauger

The Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016 had some of the same of 2015. Same venue (XFINITY Live!), one of the same artists (Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness), but, oh, what a difference a year makes! Last year’s party was complete with a snow/rain mixture and frigid temperatures, much to be expected in the dead of Philadelphia winter. This year, however, felt closer to spring. Temperatures reached well past fifty degrees and the sun shone down on everyone’s shoulders, as if reminding us that warmer weather and more outdoor concerts are on the way.

Coleman Hell

Coleman Hell performs at Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016

Coleman Hell kicked the day off with a rowdy performance. Some of us (raises hand) were still a little sleepy at noon, but the energy of Coleman Hell was enough to wake everyone up. His dance-alt sound is just so damn catchy. Good luck getting his hit, “2 Heads” out of your head.

X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors perform at Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016

Then, just before American Dinosaur got things started over at the local stage, the main stage crowd was treated to quite the surprise. X Ambassadors, who were slated to open for Muse just across the street at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday night, were kind enough to jump on stage for a couple songs. They played beautifully soulful acoustic versions of their hits, “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” and made anyone not doing the concert double-double tonight very jealous of those who did.

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats perform at Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats returned to Philly for the first time since their sold out TLA performance last fall and blew the doors of the place (metaphorically), just like before. Philly really can’t get enough of this Denver band, and anyone who had any doubts as to the depth of their catalog was shown why tickets to see these guys are impossible to get.

Elle King

Elle King performs at Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016

Elle King perhaps put on the surprise show of the day. She was obviously… well… enjoying herself, and even though technical difficulties eliminated her guitar from the mix, she powered through. The Ohio native had the quotes of the day – many of which I cannot print here – and spoke fondly of her time as a Philly resident. The former Philadelphian put on a wild show, including, of course, the song that’s put her on the map, “Ex’s & Oh’s,” but also unexpected covers like “Oh Darling” by the Beatles, and Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.”

Cold Fronts

Cold Fronts perform at Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016

The Philly theme continued as Cold Fronts rocked a packed crowd at the local stage. These guys very well might be this city’s next major act to get a huge national following.

Andrew MacMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew MacMahon in the Wilderness perform at Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016

Finally, fresh off a sold out Saturday night performance at the Electric Factory with his band Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew MacMahon in the Wilderness took the stage to close out the day. The highly-anticipated performance let no one down, as everyone took to their feet to salute another Philly favorite. Andrew MacMahon led his latest bands through tunes from their self titled album, as well as old favorites from previous projects, including “Dark Blue” by Jack’s Mannequin, and even going back to his Something Corporate days with “I Woke Up in a Car.”

Andrew MacMahon in the Wilderness

Andrew MacMahon in the Wilderness performs at Radio 104.5 Winter Jam 2016

The gorgeous day was quite adequately capped off with confetti cannons and Andrew MacMahon crowd surfing, and we cannot wait to see what’s in store for Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Party series this summer!

Check out full photo gallery of every band from the day below! Were you there? Tell us your favorite moment from the show after the jump!

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