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twenty | one | pilots, Switchfoot and more @ The Piazza for the Radio 104.5 Winter Jam.

January 27, 2014

WinterJamSwitchfoot02Text by Beth Ann Downey. Images by G.W. Miller III.

Radio 104.5 hosted perhaps its most literal Winter Jam this past Saturday for the thousands who packed into the free event at The Piazza at Schmidt’s. Snow came down steadily for most of the afternoon on fans who’d come to check out the five-band lineup.

Norristown’s An Honest Year opened the show after winning the station’s contest for local bands, beating out Philly acts like Commonwealth Choir and City Rain.

As New York-based electro indie pop duo MS MR took the stage, several members of the crowd started jumping up and down, with both the music and cold being equal motivators. MS MR Vocalist Lizzy Plapinger wowed the crowd with her dark green hair and sultry voice.

The snow continued through alternative pop rock band New Politics‘ set, something they’re probably used to in their native Copenhagen. The weather didn’t inhibit frontman David Boyd’s stage antics as he scaled the scaffolding of the stage and perched atop its roof-like covering at one point during the band’s set.

“I want to be one of you right now, a Philadelphian,” he said.

Switchfoot lead vocalist Jon Foreman (above) felt less kinsmanship with the crowd.

“I’m from Southern California, so I can say that you’re all clinically nuts,” he joked with the thousands of snow-covered onlookers watching the band’s set. “But it’s nice to be nuts with you.”

The band played through their biggest hits like “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move,” along with tracks from newer releases including Fading West, their ninth studio album released earlier this month.

And though about an hour behind schedule, headliners twenty | one | pilots took the stage to a still energized crowd around dusk. They put on a rambunctious set that featured numerous ski mask changes, a few flips and lots of crowd sing-alongs.

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