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NightLife focuses on audience experiences and will soon return to Estacada for another concert

COURTESY PHOTO - NightLife will soon play at the Viewpoint Restaurant and Lounge.

While many bands stick to one type of sound, NightLlife's musical repertoire spans multiple genres.

"We're not just about playing music we like. We're trying to find music that appeals to the venues where we play," said Todd Brunelle, drummer and vocalist for the band. "It's amazing what works at

one place and falls flat at another."

NightLife plays everything from rock and pop to hip hop and boy band songs. The group will perform at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Viewpoint Restaurant and Lounge, 20189 S. Springwater Road.

They're eager to connect with audiences at their upcoming show.

"We love to see the crowds enjoying themselves," Brunelle said. "We focus on what's danceable."

NightLife's origins began three years ago, when Brunelle and bass player Tom Mahoney formed a band. Over the next few years, they found vocalist and percussionist Crystin Byrd and vocalist and guitarist Tom Mahoney.

"When you get the right people, things happen quickly," Brunelle said. "We've played 27 gigs since June. It just snowballed. We have another 20 booked for 2020."

The group has played at several Estacada venues, including The Cazadero and The Viewpoint.

At their upcoming show in Estacada, NightLife will cover everything from Kenny Loggins to the Backstreet Boys.

"I play for the audience. I would rather pay something where the dance floor is filled with smiling faces than a song I love. If the crowd's having a good time, I'm enjoying it," Brunelle said.

He appreciates playing at The Viewpoint, adding that it's "a great venue."

"It's a friendly place and has a good stage and good dance floor. It's a good atmosphere for everyone to enjoy," he said.

Brunelle added that the band enjoys concerts that attract a variety of people.

"Some of the best moments are seeing families and all kinds of people with different tastes," he said.

He noted that audience enjoyment is one of the most valuable parts of their work.

"What people see is like an iceberg. Under the water there's all this work to support what's sticking out of the water," he said. "(Positive comments) make all the hard work worth it. That's the most rewarding."


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