Thousands brave the snow for Winter Jam

Thou­sands flocked to the Piazza at Schmidt's on Sat­urday des­pite be­low-freez­ing tem­per­at­ures for Ra­dio 104.5's an­nu­al free con­cert.

  • Concert goers bundled up to brave the elements for Radio 104.5’s annual Winter Jam concert. CAROLAN DIFIORE / STAR PHOTO

  • Concert goers went to great lengths to get a good view of the bands. CAROLAN DIFIORE / STAR PHOTO

  • Thousands packed together to get a good view of the bands performing at Winter Jam, which included MSMR, New Politics, Switchfoot, and twenty one pilots. CAROLAN DIFIORE / STAR PHOTOS

  • The Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties hosts Radio 104.5’s free concert, which is held multiple times throughout the year. CAROLAN DIFIORE / STAR PHOTOS

The snow and freez­ing tem­per­at­ures didn’t keep thou­sands of mu­sic fans from the Piazza at Schmidt’s in North­ern Liber­ties on Sat­urday for Ra­dio 104.5’s Winter Jam. The an­nu­al free con­cert fea­tured bands MS­MR, New Polit­ics, Switch­foot and twenty one pi­lots.

Those who at­ten­ded the con­cert armed them­selves with mul­tiple lay­ers and warm bever­ages to deal with the harsh weath­er, and huddled in large groups to stay warm from each oth­er’s body heat.

The large turnout drew mixed re­ac­tions. Mike Thomas and Mark Maria of Felton­ville were im­pressed by the crowd as they watched and listened to the bands from out­side PYT, the res­taur­ant in the Piazza.

“It was a nice crowd,” said Thomas, who was at­tend­ing Winter Jam for the first time. “I’ve been to The Who con­certs back in the day, so com­pared to that it was pretty tame.”

For those in the thick of the crowd, however, the scene got a bit more ram­bunc­tious. Cayleigh So­lano, a stu­dent from La Salle Uni­versity, at­ten­ded the con­cert with her friends and said she was sur­prised by how rowdy the large crowd be­came as the day pro­gressed.

“I’ve been to a lot of con­certs like these be­fore, but this one was a little wild,” said So­lano, who said she was forced to leave the con­cert early to avoid the mosh pits that formed dur­ing and between sets.

Loc­al res­id­ents did not seem to mind the over­flow of people in the neigh­bor­hood the day of the con­cert.

Car­oline Carr, who lives in the apart­ments in the Piazza, said she and fel­low ten­ants have come to ex­pect the event-day may­hem.

“You have to know when you move in that it’s like this,” Carr said as she walked her dog in the park across the street from the Piazza. “After a while you get used to it.”

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