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A mixed bag at the Kissmas Bash

This past Sunday marked radio station Kiss 98.5's 16th annual Kissmas Bash. A holiday tradition in Buffalo, the concert usually draws everyone from young children and their parents to middle-aged couples and everyone else in between. Unfortunately this year, many concertgoers appeared disappointed with the show at the HSBC Arena.

The show's opening act, a girl group called Cherish, came on dancing to a mix of other performers' songs before they even sang a note of their own.
The next group, Geneva, N.Y.,-band Gym Class Heroes, however, seemed to be at least somewhat more entertaining. The previously dead-looking concertgoers rose to their feet during the group's last, and best-known song, "The Queen and I."

Up next was Mario Vazquez, a 2005 "American Idol" contestant. He opened with an upbeat tune, "Cohiba" which also got the crowd pumped. He followed with two ballads, "I Bet" and "One Shot" before ending his set with his smash hit, "Gallery." It was obvious that Vazquez had very strong vocals, however much of the emphasis seemed to be placed on his backup dancers. .

Next came one of the hottest groups of the night. Punk rock band New Found Glory had one of the longest sets and played songs such as "Downhill From Here" and "My Friends Over You" as well as their new hit, "It's Not Your Fault." It seemed strange that the band went on so early in the night since a noticeable number of concertgoers seemed to be staying simply to hear them and left afterward.

Frankie J was up next, and opened with his hit from awhile back, "Obsession" and closed with current hit, "That Girl."

Then came Nick Lachey with by far the most drawn-out, boring performance of the night. He was allotted 40 minutes, every minute of which was torture. He opened with a few of his obscure songs, which only the most devoted fans would recognize. He then attempted to interact with the crowd, asking if anyone had made a New Year's Resolution yet and proceeded to sing something entitled, "My Resolution." This by far was the most pompous performance of the night. During the middle of the song he and the band stopped and Lachey wiped the sweat off his forehead in an Elvis-like fashion, and then got off of his stool, walked to the edge of the stage and reveled in the adoration of the 12-year-old groupies in the front row screeching for him.

By this point, my friends and I were so upset with the show as a whole that we got up and left, missing the final act, rapper Chingy.

Victoria Austin attends Simon's Rock College of Bard.

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