Thank You Everyone Who Made Buffalove Music Festival 2016 Possible!
Each year after Buffalove Music Festival comes to an end, I feel a rush of a million emotions. Proudness and Joy for my team for putting together and pulling off the best festival we’ve done, to date. A tiny bit of sadness that it’s over, and that it’ll be another year until I get to see all of your smiling faces, feeding off the vibes created by the amazing team behind the scenes at Buffalove. TONS, and TONS of LOVE, from everyone who came, performed, helped and saw the dream in motion. But, MOST OF ALL, I feel an incredible sense of GRATITUDE and THANKS to ABSOLUTELY ANYONE who had any part in making this DREAM, a REALITY! So here goes my best attempt at a thank you list, without leaving anyone out!
FIRST AND FOREMOST! I have to thank my Business Partner, Best Friend, and THE MOST IMPORTANT PART of Buffalove Music Festival – BrandonBush Hi Ma Haima. There is not a single person I have ever met or worked along side, that has the amount of drive, planning skills, work ethic and leadership ability, as this dude. From Day 1, he’s worked countless long-houred days, preparing for a music festival of this magnitude, and without everything this guy has put in, which is absolutely everything, Buffalove would be NOTHING. Every ounce of LOVE, THANKS, AND MANY MANY HUGS should be give to Brandon for making Buffalove Music Festival 2016, the absolute best yet. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU Brandon. So So So Much Love!
So much LOVE and so many THANK YOUS to Carol Ford & Bob Williams and everyone else at The Oxbo Campgrounds for graciously hosting Buffalove 2016 on their GORGEOUS piece of property in Westfield, NY. Without their belief in our dream, Buffalove 2016 may have not been a reality.
A mountain of THANKS go out to our ABSOLUTE MVP of the weekend, and the month of lead up work done at The Oxbo, Mike Dauria. He takes on every single task at hand, with zero questions asked, EVERY TIME. He finds solutions to every single problem we encounter immediately, and is the absolute BACKBONE of our team. Without Mike’s constant attentiveness and insane work ethic, Buffalove Music Festival would have never run so smoothly. I can not extend enough thanks to Mike for everything he has put into Buffalove the last few years, and this year was jaw dropping. THANK YOU MIKE!!
EVERY YEAR Since DAY 1, back in 2013, Ryan Bress has been HEART and SOUL of Buffalove Music Festival. From starting out giving us the best light shows possible since Day 1. To completely taking over production on the WHOLE FESTIVAL, and giving the fans the ABSOLUTE BEST in Sound, Lights and that overall Magical Feel that everyone feels while taking in the music out in our concert areas. The amount of THANK YOUS I have to give to Ryan are ENDLESS. This festival would be nothing if it weren’t for Ryan Bress, and I hope everyone recognizes him for the absolute all-star that he is. From the early stages every year, till the very last note of music is played at the festival, Ryan is FULL TIME, head in the game for Buffalove, and I couldn’t be more PROUD to call him my Brother, and my Friend, and FAMILY, FOREVER! SOOOOOO many THANK YOUS to his team of Greg Alt-Winzig, Andy Buck, Mike Pfeil and everyone else who helped tirelessly all weekend, and helped keep Buffalove running smoothly. I don’t know what I would do without you all! THANK YOU!
Every year many many things are taken care of by Volunteers during the weekend, and pre & post-festival. The absolute dedication and hard work ethic of our Volunteer Coordinator Gena Elliott makes every bit of this possible, and I owe Gena a debt of gratitude larger than I could ever come up with on the spot. She worked long long hours before and especially during the festival, making sure everyone had their jobs and everything got done pretty flawlessly! Gena, I can not thank you enough! Without you as part of the team, nothing could have possibly run so smoothly. Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!
ALL WEEKEND LONG, The rest of our Core Team at Buffalove Music Festival absolutely CRUSHED IT, with zero questions asked. The amount of THANKS and GRATITUDE I have for these next people will be pouring out of me till the day I die. The festival was run 100% on the backs of Justin DeCarlo, Edward Becher, Nathan Rios, Chris Wisniewski, Courtney Nelson,Cal Choj, Jude Pollock, Kayla Smile, Grace Vesneske, Richard Zanghi, Nick Arg, & Justin Riz. I THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!! Without each one of you, this festival wouldn’t have even come close to running successfully. I have so much LOVE for EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU!! THANK YOU!!!!
For about 4-6 Weeks, leading up to Buffalove 2016, we had a TON of people volunteering their time pre-festival, clearing land and camping spots for everyone who showed up to enjoy the festival. I have to extend a BOATLOAD OF THANK YOUS to everyone who came and helped out in those weeks prior! Andy Steiner, Joe Violanti, Paul Majewski, Phillis White(Gage), Sam Lyman, Nicholas Numeracki, Dave Carver & Jill, Britton Haima,Kurt Hoffman, Han Brolo (Joel), Jeremiah Roetzer, Gara Helm, Jason Leonard Nendza, Darryl Von Kinard, Jeci Sky Walker, Ezekiel Schneller,Brittany Lynn, Colt Luger, Zack Ventura, Stephen Foster, Garrett James Gibson, Donny & every single other person that volunteered pre or post festival, shaping the land to be able to host everyone semi-comfortably, this year. (You were probably the most important links in making this thing a success, and I know I forgot a few names and I feel HORRIBLE about it! So so so soooooooo much LOVE and THANKS from ME to ALL OF YOU!!
And endless amount of THANK YOUS to Quinton Shanahan, Sierra Rheanne and the rest of our Green Team, who helped keep the place looking pretty amazing, and not letting the trash and recycling get too behind. Without you guys, things would have been a complete mess, and we owe you a debt of gratitude larger than the sun! We look forward to working with you guys every year from here on out! I’m super happy to have met you two, and I’m proud to call you guys family! THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!
Another ABSOLUTE ALL-STAR of the weekend, who deserves so much THANKS is MatKa Buffalo. From setting up the DJ Tent, to Running the whole thing ALL WEEKEND, and even performing. This guy went the extra mile, the whole way through, and I couldn’t have asked for more. And in the end, I did. SUNDAY NIGHT, We put our heads together, and dragged everything out of the DJ Tent in the woods, to the Main Stage Field, and gave the fans a Surprise Bonfire & Drop D DJ Set, TIL 5AM!! The amount of LOVE and GRATITUDE I have for Matt & Scott for going ALL OUT for that, for the sole reason of giving the fans a little extra and keeping everyone entertained until SUNRISE, Monday, is endless. And I will continue to thank you for this, as long as I live. THANK YOU!
UUUUGE THANK YOUS to EVERY SINGLE BAND, DJ & ARTIST!! Especially the ones who pulled doubles, triples, and 6X like the mightyAqueous boys! Mike Gantzer, David Loss, Evan McPhaden, Rob Houk &Nick Sonricker (3 AQ sets, AquaFlow, The LEGENDARY Boss Tweed & The Carpetbaggers Set – How did I miss the stripper!?!?, and the Afternoon Emporium Set), Funktional Flow – Jeffrey Kuebler, Ben Whelan, Jim Edgar,Joey Lewis, Matthew Lester & Andrew Fine, (Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart! I built this thing with you guys in mind specifically, and the goal of getting you guys a place in this national jam-scene will always be a goal of this festival!), Smackdab – Jon Marc Johnson, Ryan Ecklund,Matthew Baxter, Danyo Witherspoon & Mark Cooper. (Every year, when the boys hit the stage, it gets personal for me! It’s my Buffalove Ritual since the very first one, and will remain so, forever!), Slip Madigan (Ryan James Acanfora, Ryan McDonough, Brad Robbins, Wade Benford & Jason Stewart. & Luanjie – Cameron James, Andy Steiner & Ryan Rindfleisch, both have delivered EPIC sets EVERY SINGLE YEAR at Buffalove, SINCE DAY 1 and will be family forever. The amount of THANK YOUS are ENDLESS! Adam Lawrence Bronstein & Ellen Pieroni, ABSOLUTE ALL-STARS, playing in countless different sets ALL WEEKEND, I can not thank you guys enough!Andrew Krawczyk (Chunin), Basha, Jonathan Allday Lay and anyone else I possibly missed! I THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of my heart! I honestly CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!!
MASSIVE MASSIVE THANKS to our HEADLINERS that came from outside Buffalo, to grace our stages! EOTO (Michael Travis & Jason Hann), Particle(Steve Molitz, Clay Parnell, Michael David Daum & Kito Bovenschulte),DrFameus (Allen Aucoin), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (Greg Ormont,Jeremy Schon, Ben Carrey, Alex Petropulos & Manny Newman), Consider the Source (Gabriel Marin, John Ferrara & Jeff Mann) Tropidelic (TOO MANY TOO LIST, BUT I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU GUYS!Matthew Roads, Bobby Chronic, Vinnie McGee & EVERYONE ELSE!!) &Broccoli Samurai (Ryan Bruce Hodson, Cameron Bickley, Zachary Wolfe Nagi-Schehl, & Michael Vincent) THANK YOU ALL FOR A REAL REAL GOOD TIME! SOOO MUCH INCREDIBLE MUSIC FROM EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU GUYS, AND I WILL THANK YOU FOREVER FOR GIVING OUR FANS YOUR ALL! THANK YOU!!!
A WORLD OF THANK YOUS TO Kyle Melancon, Slo-Mo & the rest of the INCREDIBLE STAFF at Spun Out Fire Productions, for ONCE AGAIN providing our fans the most amazing fire shows, classes, DJ sets, and EVERYTHING ELSE YOU GUYS DO. Just AMAZING VIBES from you guys and I personally LOVE working with you guys, EVERY YEAR! You guys pull out ALL THE STOPS, and CRUSH IT for everyone, and WE LOVE YOU for it! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR ALWAYS GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR THE FANS OF BUFFALOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL. I CAN NOT express enough LOVE and GRATITUDE to each and every one of you guys for everything! THANK YOU!!
MUCH LOVE and THANKS to Marc Odien & Alison Burke from Buffalo.fmfor Capturing most of the weekends biggest sets in Video & Audio, and getting us up and streaming live on the internet for the first time in Buffalove History. A huge huge step toward the future! Thank you guys so much for everything!!
A MILLION THANK YOUS TO Dana-Dan Brace, Scott Nadolinski & THE WHOLE Sonic Farm Studio CREW for recording as much High-Quality Audio from our Main Stage Sets, for the second year in a row! We love working with you guys, and its always a pleasure to have the Sonic Farm RV on site, and the lovely crew you always surround yourself with! Soon much LOVE from me to ALL OF YOU!!
A REALLY REALLY HUUUUGE DEBT OF GRATITUDE IS OWED TO OUR EMS STAFF (Kory C Irish, Coley Dabney AND Dr. Lee Anderson) FOR BEING ON CALL 24/7, WORKING TIRELESSLY ALL WEEKEND – KEEPING THE ENTIRE CAMPGROUND SAFE! EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THE FANS, ARTISTS AND STAFF HAD THESE ANGELS LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDERS ALL WEEKEND, AND I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT WE WOULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT YOU GUYS! You honestly never know you need it, UNTIL YOU NEED IT. And this year, WE NEEDED IT! I’m GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO HAVE HAD YOU GUYS ON SITE! Buffalove was a much safer and happier place because of YOU GUYS, and I honestly owe so much to you guys! SOOOO MUCH LOVE and THANKS to you guys!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
HUGE THANKS to Sarah Jane (for performing also) & Liz Bee for setting up our Kids Tent. It looked amazing, and I’m looking forward to what we can build in the future, to keep growing families coming to Buffalove!! SOOOO much thanks!!
AN EXTREME AMOUNT OF THANKS to Robin Wuj & Trevor (Turok DaBass Johnson) for designing ALL OF THE AMAZING ART you all saw at Buffalove. TONS of Art in the woods, TONS of Stage Props for the SuperDiscoJam. SOOOO much work was done by these two, and I have to make sure they’re THANKED from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART!! SOOO MUCH INCREDIBLE WORK DONE BY YOU GUYS!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!
AN INSANE AMOUNT OF THANKS AND GRATITUDE goes out to Bret Snyder & ALL OF HIS AMAZING HOSPITALITY STAFF, who SINGLE-HANDEDLY made sure that ALL of the ARTISTS, STAFF AND VIPS were fed daily, (some of us morning, noon and night!) Without you guys, we all would’ve been moving on a much lower speed. Also, Alexis Clune for running the VIP Bar each night! A serious debt of gratitude is owed to all of you, and I THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!! SOOO MUCH LOVE!
HUUUUGE HUUUUUUGE THANK YOUS AND MUCH MUCH LOVE go out to Jesse Rejewski, and everyone at JR Audio. Andrew Borchik, Skylr Carrow, Hakeem Dodley, Dave Guilford and EVERY SINGLE OTHER PERSON who helped keep each stage SOUNDING INCREDIBLE!! WITHOUT YOU GUYS ALL KICKING ASS ALL WEEKEND LONG, OUR FESTIVAL WOULD’VE FLOPPED! YOU GUYS ARE OUR BACKBONE, AND I CAN NOT EXTEND ENOUGH THANK YOUS YOUR WAY! You guys SINGLE-HANDEDLY keep our fans provided with the ABSOLUTE BEST SOUND, throughout the festival, and that is PARAMOUNT for me, when running Buffalove. You guys are absolute ALL-STARS, and I will thank you for this FOREVER! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
HUGE THANKS to Rich Coppede & the rest of our Security Staff for keeping everyone safe, keeping the insanity to a minimum, and always being on call, professional, and kind! Soooo much LOVE & THANKS!
MANY MANY THANKS TO Darren McCarthy for being our VERY FIRST Buffalove Music Festival MC. It was great to have someone to keep the crowd in the game, and to give everyone heads up on who was coming up next! SOOO MANY THANK YOUS TO Tom Sgroi for being our House Photographer this year, and Amanda Siedner for capturing so much of the festival for NYSMusic! HUGE THANKS to Arcangela Miceli for Live Painting during EOTO, that was DOPE!!! SOOO MUCH LOVE AND THANKS!!
HUUUUUUGE THANK YOUS TO Amy Alison for designing our EPIC Poster Print for this year! Absolutely Incredible!! SOOOO Much LOVE and THANK for that!!
MANY MANY THANKS TO Adam Lawrence Bronstein & Karen Neko for designing the theme, the promotional materials, and stage banners prior to the festival. Everything was INCREDIBLE this year, and I can not THANK YOU GUYS ENOUGH!!
BIG BIG THANK YOUS TO Tour City Inc.for all of the incredible promotional materials and merchandise you’ve worked with us for for the entire duration of the festival this year. From the very beginning stages, until actual festival time, you guys were always thorough and ON POINT. I would recommend your services to ANYONE at ANY TIME! THANK YOU TOUR CITY MERCHANDISE for being ALL-STARS, ALWAYS!!
HUGE HUGE THANKS TO Adam LazLo and Lazlo Creations for creating the MOST AMAZING PIN SETS for our Merch, this year! You’ve OUTDONE yourselves again this year, and I CAN NOT WAIT to see what you have in store for next year! SOOOO MUCH LOVE and THANKS to LAZLO!!
THE BIGGEST THANKS TO Kat Horton for getting the Buffalove Street Team off the ground this year, and to Marky Are for being an ABSOLUTE ALL-STAR when it came to getting our Promotional Material to the FANS. You worked your ass off brother, and I will thank you for that, forever! SOOOO much LOVE from ME to YOU!!
MY DEEPEST THANKS AND LOVE TO MY MOM Melissa Scheuer Woodfor always believing in my dreams, ALWAYS, MY BEAUTIFUL BABYGIRL MARLEY ANN for being my ABSOLUTE SHINING LIGHT and to my GORGEOUS Girlfriend and AMAZING Mother to my INCREDIBLE SON TOSH – Courtney Louise, for being my PERSONAL BACKBONE all weekend, and supporting me every single day, ESPECIALLY DURING THE FESTIVAL. Having you both there every single day, was exactly what I needed to keep my head in the game, and I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART!! THANK YOU!!
HUGE HUGE THANKS TO OUR GENERAL STORE, EVERY SINGLE FOOD & CRAFT VENDOR and ANYONE I MIGHT HAVE LEFT OUT OF THIS THANK YOU LIST!! (I KNOW THERE IS GONNA BE A FEW PEOPLE, AND KNOW I LOVE YOU GUYS JUST AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE. LOOK AT THIS LIST!) SOOOO MUCH LOVE TO ALL OF YOU!!
AND MOST OF ALL THANK ALL OF YOU – THE INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE FANS OF SUCH BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS, FOR COMING OUT AND SUPPORTING EVERYONE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH BUFFALOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016!!
WE DO THIS ALL FOR YOU, AND MAKING YOU GUYS HAPPY IS OUR #1 GOAL, EVERY SINGLE YEAR! THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING OUT THIS YEAR, AND WE HOPE YOU ALL HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIVES, ONCE AGAIN. MAKING MEMORIES FOR AND WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU IS WHAT I LIVE FOR. THIS IS MY DREAMS, REALIZED. AND WE DO IT ALL FOR YOU!
‘TIL NEXT YEAR! SOOOOOOOOO MUCH LOVE AND THANKS FROM ME TO YOU!!