Philadelphia’s #1 Alternative music station 104.5 gets an early jump of the summer festivals with their annual Birthday Party. Each year they gather the best music in one place for an all-day party. This year’s line up did not disappoint, in fact it was a nice mix of different styles from EDM, Punk, Indie rock, Indie pop, American folk rock, and Blues Rock!!!
Let’s start from the end and work our way to the beginning. There could’ve been many headliners from the line up, but this year it was The Lumineers. The American folk-rock band closed the night with an impressive stage set. The lighting accentuated the minimalist presence of the stage as their set included the singles “Ho Hey”, “Stubborn Love”, “Ophelia” and “Cleopatra”. We did experience a very bad storm going through the area which paused the party for about an hour, the band decided to play a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” as their second selection.
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Warming up the stage for The Lumineers was Death Cab for Cutie. Opening with a very extended jam of “I Will Possess Your Heart” while the mostly dark stage slowly revealed the band staring with Mick Harmer who kept the hypnotic bass riff playing. The elusive Ben Gibbard alternated between piano and guitar. The set list included their following hits “Gold Rush”,” Northern Lights”, and “Soul Meets Body”.
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Unfortunately, I couldn’t cover the Grouplove set as a security guard decided to redefine the meaning of an All-Access pass. It was worked out by the time the next artist took the stage.
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Surrounded by smoke with flashes of bright light the energetic set of Phantogram had Sarah Barthel dancing and singing like she was possessed, while Josh Carter provided the licks to accompany the band’s rhythmic beats. The performance was a complete sensory experience.
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The headliner for the Mall Chevy Discovery Stage was filled as the outside “side” stage had the venue pushed to maximum capacity. All of this for the Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi who has achieved mainstream successes throughout 2018, and in 2019, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart with his single “Someone You Loved”. He is a self-deprecating, foul mouth crooner who will be the next big thing in The States. The crowd filled with mostly girls knew every word to his entire set!! Capaldi just released his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which has already reached number one in the UK, Scotland and on the Irish Albums Chart.
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David Shaw and his wandering minstrels known as The Revivalists were ready to bring some swagger to the stage. Hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana brought a perfect set list with feeling, motivation, and just allowed the crowd to have some fun. The set included two of the band’s biggest hits ”Which I knew You” and “All My Friends” They have a huge band with a very big sound, and if you aren’t moving during their performance you’re dead.
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Following their massive hit “She’s Kerosene”, the ska-punk band The Interrupters from Los Angeles, is promoting yet another hit “Gave You Everything”. The Interrupters featuring vocalist Aimee Interrupter and the Bivona brothers (guitarist Kevin, bassist Justin, and drummer Jesse) is one of my personal favorites. The band puts it all out there and are entertaining musicians. They are very interactive with the crowd, and their set went too fast!!
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The local winner, Moonroof did a great job officially opening the main stage. The band seemed a little uncomfortable playing to a venue this size, however I’m sure this will open more doors, and they will be able to polish their stage presence.
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A ball of energy known as Des Rocs who has a style reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix, playing guitar behind his back, and body movements to match the notes of each song. This could be why he just earned the opening slot for The Rolling Stones when they play Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field in July. Another “I saw him when“ story!!!!
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Kicking off the festival event on the Mall Chevy discovery stage was Weathers – from Los Angeles – lead singer Cameron Boyer, was on crutches and wearing a boot on his left foot. The prefect selection to open the event and had many of the crowd singing their tunes including; “Happy Pills”, and “I’m not Ok”
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Once again, the best Alternative music station in the country put together a great event, Radio 104.5 is the driving force in the Philadelphia radio market and events like this Birthday show, along with the Block parties and the Winter Jawn show is why Philly loves them so much!!!!
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Article and Photographs by: Bob Linneman