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Saturday, 16 July 2011 at 8:47 pm Originalites, two surf bands to play Etnies Skatepark
LAKE FOREST – Want to catch air and ollie to some awesome music?
How about just hanging with friends and watching three bands perform at Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest starting at 7 p.m. on Friday?The Band Night features The Originalites, a Huntington Beach-based band that plays reggae and rock that will take the stage at the skate park's street course at 9 p.m.
Kicking off the night at 7 p.m. is Side Effect, a band from Mission Viejo that plays songs from Metallica and some classic rock. Mr. Elevator and the Brain, a Laguna Beach band that has a Doors-type sound and plays surf music takes the stage at 8 p.m.
Band night is open to all ages and often draws a large crowd of 12 to 18-year-olds. Families are also welcome. The cost is $5. The money is a donation and used to keep the skate park free.
"It's a nice event for people who want some good, clean family fun," Scott Stewart, a recreation coordinator said.
The skate park is located at 20028 Lake Forest Drive.
Reported by by Erika I. Ritchie - ocregister.com
Thursday, 12 May 2011 at 6:18 am
Artist Radar: The Originalites
The Originalites Bio/Background:
In 2008 Daniel Tello (Guitar), Peter Fontes (Drums), Tim Frankeny (Bass) started playing music together at the end of their senior year in high school (FVHS). Before that Peter and Daniel played guitar and drums together off and on, whenever they wanted to for fun. One year after in December, Tim, Peter, Daniel were playing together as a band where they met Mike Belk at AFRICAN CORNER in FV, CA. (Now in Costa mesa) Mike showed up with his sax and Peter called him over and we created some music for the first time ever with Mike.. We (Tim, Peter, Daniel) were blown away by the sax and asked Mike later that night if he could show up to some practices and play with us… and that’s how 3 became 4!
Our music is best described as SKA/DUB/PUNK but we also incorporate Latin and psychedelic styles into our sound. We have become much tighter and powerful over the years as a band. We like to keep our minds open to many different styles of music and stay original. Our music has evolved with the addition of MIKE’s SAX and everyone’s influences mixing together and pouring out into our own original creations. Peter is influenced by PUNK music and SKA. Tim is influenced by Dub and Classic rock, Daniel is influenced by Classic Rock and Latin music. Mike is influenced by Classic rock, Jazz and Bosa Nova.
The Pier.org Team - thepier.org
Sunday, 16 January 2011 The Music, Passion and Lifestyle of the Originalites"Many bands start up in garages every year, and local success can be attained in some cases, but for Fountain Valley’s Originalites, success will be far-reaching. Starting from the roots and branching out, the Originalites express a positive lifestyle in everything they do. Their recordings reflect their innermost thoughts about life and love, with a twist toward optimism. It’s no wonder that their fans and admirers seem to glow with enthusiasm as they bounce and nod along with the up-beat tones.
Locals may recognize this group, who categorize themselves as fitting in the ska, dub and punk music genres. Three Originalites, Tim Frankeny, Daniel Tello and Peter Fontes, attended Fountain Valley High School, and the band practices locally. The band has the distinction of being named top band at the Fountain Valley Battle of the Bands at the city’s three-day celebration, Summerfest.
The band blends a few musical styles to create its unique sound. Audiences respond to the reggae influences with rhythmic lyrics and party attitude, then the band changes gears slightly to convey meaty messages with a punk rock flavor. Whatever they’re doing it’s working; just last month the band placed a remarkable second at “The Next Big Thing Tour” at the West Hollywood stop. Held at the legendary Cat Club, more than 40 bands competed for top honors. Band spokesperson and saxophone player Mike Belk explained how the sound comes together.
“We like playing together because of our unique chemistry and confidence in each others’ abilities to make such a full sound as a four member band.”
In addition to sharing music, the boys in the band are united in spirit, sharing a love of surf, skate and soccer. They commune with nature, and they share a commitment to helping others. The band has partnered with several charities to raise money for deserving causes. Among its beneficiaries are the Surfrider Foundation, the Moses Fund and Buy a Soldier Breakfast.
The group came together somewhat by accident. Peter Fontes (drums) and Daniel Tello (lead guitar/vocals) played around with some guitar-and-drums songs, but the sound was not complete without a bassist. Peter was familiar with Tim Frankeny (bass guitar), and the two were united in 2008 at an eventful day of Saturday school at Fountain Valley High which contributed to the band's formation. Peter and Tim started talking about music, and discovered some common ground. The two soon jammed a cover song, Pawn Shop. Daniel joined them, and the three played long into the night, discovering that their music blended beautifully.
The band’s first efforts included songs by Sublime, Jimi Hendrix and some original efforts. Porque, and The Funk Song, yet to be released, are early works that were ready to play at their first shows at DiPiazza's, Evocal and Fountain Valley High School. In 2009, they landed a gig at African Corner in Fountain Valley, in support of the Moses Fund, and there they met Mike Belk, a talented saxophonist who became the band’s fourth member. The addition of Belk’s sax gave the group the tight sound and musical character that makes them stand apart from others.
Today, the group plays an average of three shows per week, including some very prestigious venues. Regular haunts include Hogue Barmichael’s, Chain Reaction, the Gypsy Den and other Southern California hotspots. "
"Our favorite show to date was on Dec. 1, 2010, at the House of Blues in Anaheim,” Belk said, “The house was packed, and we had over 500 tickets to give away to friends and family. The circle pit was massive and constant during our set.”
When asked about their favorite artists and their sources of inspiration, the band members shared some muses, and they also showed individual preferences. When asked about inspiration, the following thoughts were shared:
Mike: the ocean, sailing, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, John Klemmer, Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse, Tommy McCook, Jim Morrison, Paul McCartney, the Toasters, Bob Marley, and Bradley Nowell.
Daniel: waves, sun, moon, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Santana, Pink Floyd, Jimmy Page.
Peter: heaven, waves, ska, hardcore punk and Latin
Tim: King Tubby, Jet, the Beatles, Scientist, Prince Jammy, the English Beat, the Clash and many, many more surfers/skaters/sports figures/bands/artists, all styles of music
The Originalites stay active and healthy, enjoying many activities, such as surfing, skateboarding, body surfing and soccer. A regular day starts with a good breakfast before going surfing or skating, which is an essential aspect of their training regimen. After exercising their bodies they begin to exercise their voices and instruments. Daniel and Mike start each practice session before the others join in.
The vocalists exercise their voices and secure harmonies. Then they all set up their equipment and practice for as long as time permits, or however long it takes them to run through all their songs. After practice the band may call it a day, handle the band business (such as promotion), or get ready for performances on show days.
The Originalites plans to release a record sometime in the near future, but for now it's a steady schedule of club gigs, weddings, private parties and other events. They are looking forward to playing with a nationally-know act from New York City, the Toasters, on Jan. 31 at the Slidebar in Fullerton, and at an event on April 29 at Etnies Park in Lake Forest."
Article by Connie Jankowski - fountainvalley.patch.com
Friday, 30 July 2010 at 11:10 a.m. Summer concert series closes in Fountain Valley
"Opening for Undercover was The Originalites, who won the Battle ofthe Bands contest at Fountain Valley Summerfest. The band was created by three students at Fountain Valley High School in 2008, and plays ska, dub and punk music."
The Orange County Register - ocregister.com
Monday, 12 July 2010 at 13:45
4th of July Beach Party 2010, Playa Del Rey
"The next band was The Originalites who were added to the bill earlier that day. They were a pleasant surprise. Their upbeat ska reggae rhythms and sax solos by their singer Mike Belk definitely inspired some good old fashioned skank dancing on the beach. I talked with Mike after the show:
Hey my name's Mike Belk, the band's called The Originalites. And we're based out of Fountain Valley, Orange County.
Hey so, how long have you guys been playing?
We've been playing for about two years now.
Do you guys get up to LA county much?
A couple times we got up to the Keyclub, we are trying to establish more fans in LA county.
Do you have any EP's right now?
Yeah we are in the process of making a professional EP at 17th St studios.
Sweet, shout out to Lou Dog, hey isn't that him here there?
Yeah thats him, we just played a show last night with him and Kat. We're really glad we met those guys. He's working on our EP right now.
Nice man, I dug the sound, especially the harder stuff and I liked the timbale rack the drummer had.
Yeah roto toms.
For people who haven't heard of you guys where can they check out your music?
We are on reverberation.com, just search us.
Where are your favorite places to play?
My favorite is Di Piazzas in long beach, we played there last night, the sound guy is really good.
Nice. How did you end up hooking up with Ease UP and those guys?
Through the studio. We met Kat and then Justin from Ease UP and it all intertwines. We just go down there and jam and party at the studio sometimes and we meet each other, and he invited us just last night to play here.
Well I'm glad he did man coz you guys were sick.
Article/Interview by Brian whipp - musicbailout.net
Monday, 21 June 2010 at 15:08
June 13th Summerfest 2010, Fountain Valley - Mile Square Park
"Up-and-coming Orange County-based band, The Originalites wowed the Sunday crowd at Summerfest by winning the first ever Battle of the Bands. The Originalites have a very unique style, integrating saxophone into their own raggae music. Check out lead vocalist/saxophonist Mike Belk representing his band and BTF by wearing the (Global Passion) shirt in white."
Black Tie Flow Team - blacktieflow.com