Concert Reviews

Kissmas Bash 2016 at the KeyBank Centre ft. The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Daya, Jojo

Photos by Janine Van Oostrom

Jacob Whitesides kicked off the Kissmas Bash 2016 show at the KeyBank Centre in Buffalo on Thursday Night, with his new hit “Open Book” to which he was greeted by a sea of waving cell phone lights from is many young fans. He moved quickly into a laid back cover of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face”, which seemed to wake the rest of the audience up, as the entire arena began clapping and singing along. His acoustic stylings and soft vocals won over the crowd after closing with his new single and a fan favourite “Lovesick”.

Jojo took the stage after a drum heavy intro and opening with powerful vocal runs on her hit “When Love Hurts”. The crowd rose to its feet as the first notes of her hit “Get Out/Leave” rang through the speakers and fans screamed the lyrics along with the star. After a short but sweet speech discussing self-love she closed her set with her single “No Apologies”.

Jake miller had every teen girl in the room in hysterics as soon as the lights went up on his set. After opening with “Dazed and Confused” he proceeded to perform his top hits. The crowd ate up the performance, watching his every move and singing every word until he left the stage, not before closing with “Overnight”.

 DNCE crashed the Kissmas Bash party and immediately made it their own, opening with a song from their debut Ep Pay My Rent. Following with hits including “DNCE”, “Body Moves”, and “Toothbrush” from their self-titled album got everyone in the room, including the many parents dancing and singing along.  As is if their catchy hit weren’t enough, in order to appeal to the “parents in the room” the band threw in some throwback covers including The Spicegirls; “Wannabe” and Brittany Spears; “Oops I Did It Again”. With their fun fashion choices and bold stage presence the group were undoubtedly the coolest people in the room. The dance party that ensued as soon as DNCE walked on stage came to a close with a guitar solo filled take on the groups smash hit “Cake by the Ocean”.

After her flight running late and a set time switch with DNCE, Daya brought the crowd back to their feet opening with her huge single “Sit Still, Look Pretty”. She then treated the crowd to a slowed down piano accompanied version of “Thirsty”. After slowing it down for a few songs she picked it back up to close her set with her first single Hide Away.

The Chainsmokers exploded onto stage with a light show and their opening song “Setting Fires”. With the duo taking turns standing on top of the booth they perform from, they ever appeared to stop moving giving more and more energy to the crowd throughout the entire set; the audience easily returning the favour. Only slowing down to perform their latest single “All We Know”, which saw Andrew leave the booth to sing the chorus.  The crowd enjoyed every minute of the high energy performance. The duo welcomed Daya back to the stage to perform “Don’t Let Me Down” to end the night with a smash.