A Two Harbors-based rock and country cover band has won the chance to perform in Los Angeles in 2020.
The Northwood's Band played in the PBS "Celebration of Music" contest at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center in Bloomington on May 9 and was one of three acts selected to perform in the larger concert in Los Angeles next year.
"Celebration of Music" is a talent search that showcases the best young musical talent across the U.S. Singers, musicians, bands and dancers ages 4-25 are invited to submit an audition tape. Those selected from the audition process then compete in the live showcase broadcast on local PBS stations.
The Northwood's Band consists of Hunter and Colton McCullough, Ricky Sundstrom and Dalton Hanson. Shelby Holbeck is the band's sound technician. The four graduated from Two Harbors High School and have been playing together for years.
Deanne McCullough, the band's manager, saw the listing for the contest in December, filled out the audition form and submitted a video.
"I mentioned it to the band and never thought about it again until I received an email stating we'd made it through," Deanne McCullough said. "They all committed to it and we decided to see it through."
Kat Perkins, a semifinalist from Season 6 of "The Voice," hosted the contest. The band played "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin and "really let loose," according to Deanne McCullough.
"They were running in the audience and sliding on the stage, jumping from the speakers. It was wild!" she said.
Winners were allowed to perform a second song and the band selected "You May Be Right" by Billy Joel in honor of the artist's birthday.
The winners were selected from audience votes and online voting as well as the producer's choice. About 20 people showed up to support The Northwood's Band in-person at the event.