Thousands attend Kiss the Summer Hello, The Bash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A concert that draws thousands of teenaged music lovers each year has a new home. “Kiss the Summer Hello” has moved from its past home at Coca-Cola Field to Canalside.

“We moved it part for the turnout, and part for – look how beautiful this is. It’s gorgeous. It’s on the waterfront, it’s a great night. The sun’s going to set behind the stage; it’s going to be a gorgeous night,” explained DJ Jud Heussler.

Eight artists entertained a crowd of 10,000 on Buffalo’s waterfront.

Kalin of Kalin and Myles said, “This is going to be the biggest show that we’ve ever played, so we’re really excited to see Buffalo’s energy. We were here last year, and the turnout was real up here.”

“Yeah, I think definitely that just getting to see the fans out here is awesome,” added Myles.

As the sun went down, the party was just getting started at the American Red Cross headquarters for Bash 2014, the Red Cross’ annual military-themed party.

Spokesman Jay Bonafede said, “We’ve got food and drink from all the area’s best restaurants, great auction items that people can bid on, and all the proceeds from tonight go to benefit our disaster services.”

A sea of over 4,000 camouflaged partygoers danced their way through the tents.

“I think it’s fun, is the biggest thing. It’s not just another dinner fundraiser. It’s something different. It really is a Buffalo party in there. It’s Lance Diamond, it’s all these great Western New York restaurants, so it really is a Buffalo party. And I think people get behind the mission, too,” Bonafede said.

Bash is the Red Cross’ largest fundraiser, and the support goes a long way toward helping the chapter provide relief to victims of house fires and natural disasters.

“We respond, in our 17 counties to an average of over two house fires a day. That’s tons of families that just really have nowhere else to go, if our volunteers couldn’t show up on the scene and help them. That’s what this is helping.”

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