party. The party will be held at Newport Dunes Oct. 2, with the Beach
Boys as the headlining performers.
Winning music contests is not a new concept for Natusol -- they
have taken first place two years in a row at UC Irvine's Battle of
the Bands, held each year during its Mardi Gras celebration.
"If you have fun doing it and you love what you do, the crowd
picks up on it," said Natusol keyboard player Erik Przytulski. "We do
it because we love it."
All the bands that competed were from Orange County. Last Night's
Lasagna, the Gilder Creek Band and Hammer of the Godz -- a Led
Zeppelin cover band -- earned participation plaques. Jumping Jack
Flash -- a Rolling Stones cover band -- placed third, and 3 Mile Walk
"Two of the bands tied for me," said one of the judges, Samantha
Fink, 15, who sits on the City Teen Council. She said she scored 3
Mile Walk and Natusol the same. "They both had original music, and it
wasn't too out there -- it was nice music to listen to."
The three judges -- Fink, Cherri Myers and Teri Craig -- evaluated
the bands on audience response, instrument proficiency, vocal
quality, originality and overall performance.
Myers, who is on the city's entertainment committee, said all the
bands performed well, but she thinks Natusol won because their sound
is strong and their music original.
Members of the band come from a variety of backgrounds and bring
different musical passions with them. Their music is an eclectic mix
of soul, funk, jazz, Latin, reggae and R&B.
"I think Natusol won because there's a different vibe that Natusol
has," said the band's manager, Ana Grey. "They use all of their
different loves of music and bring it all together."
Sean Levin, recreation manager for the City of Newport Beach, said
Natusol's sound is very unusual, and he thinks that helped them win
over the judges.
"They had soul," he said. "You felt it when they were playing."
Levin said the city is considering hosting another battle of the
bands next year to select an act for the centennial's closing party.
More than 3,000 tickets -- out of a total of 8,000 -- have already
been sold for the Oct. 2 kickoff celebration.
For more information on Natusol, visit o7www.natusol.net.f7
For more information on the Let's Do Launch party, visit
o7www.newportbeach100.com f7or call (949) 644-3151.
* LINDSAY SANDHAM can be reached at (714) 966-4625 or