Day 2 of Radio 104.5’s Birthday party was just as hot as the weather. As temperatures hovered around 100, I knew I would be in for a long sweaty day, and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. The mini festival lineup was again, everything you currently hear on alternate radio. Offering two stages, a “Discovery Stage” and the “Main Stage” held at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ on the Delaware river. It provided a great opportunity to catch some rising stars while the main stage was being changed over for the next artist. The Discovery stage had some fantastic acts, stand outs to me were The Glorious Sons who have dirty southern sound, even though the hail from Ontario, Canada. While the stage is very minimal with little room and no lights, the bands made it what it really is all about, the music. Throughout the day, the smaller crowds grew larger by the time the closing bands The Shelters and The Wrecks performed. On the Main Stage, keeping with tradition, Radio 104.5 had the main stage start out with the local Philadelphia band, The Great Enough. The main stage was then filled with more well-known artists; Missio put on a tremendous set while front man Matthew Brue was unleashed onto the stage and had everyone’s hands bouncing in unison. Sir Sly, was up next with lead singer Landon Jacobs sporting a totally different look than when he was in Philly only last January with a shaved head. AJR was a huge hit again as the Met brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan from New York played all the radio hits and had the crowd singing in unison at the top of their lungs. An emotional Mike Shinoda told the crowd that he was so happy for the opportunity to play for the crowd and thanked Radio 104.5 for the opportunity. Mike explained that while he will play the Linkin Park hits, he wanted to show us what he has been up to by playing some tunes from his debut solo album Post Traumatic. The band members of Judah and the Lion came out and did a “different” version of Magic Mike as the band mates strutted their stuff and shaked their asses to Booty Wurk (One Cheek At a Time), a T-Pain cover. The band was here to perform, but really wanted to have a party and invite the crowd to join in, singing and shouting. Lead singer Judah Akers immediately won the crowd over coming out wearing a Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles QB) jersey. Judah was definitely the most connected of the day inviting one of the Radio host, Jammmin’ Jessie to perform The Killers cover, Mr. Brightside. Closing the second night was Imagine Dragons. It was once again a tremendous day, the 2018 Radio 1045 Birthday shows are always a highlight for concert goers, and this was one for the books.
Article and Photos by Bob Linneman