Bruce Hoover, lead vocalist, keytarist for the Power Pop cover band, North of Normal, has enjoyed a career spanning decades. From starting early at age 6 on trumpet and theater organ, teaching himself piano in high school, to classical pipe organ in college, and ultimately playing a part in many original bands and cover bands, Bruce has performed in many genres. Favorites among his career was singing Sinatra in a 25-piece orchestra and now bringing you fun and energetic pop, rock and country in North of Normal.
Steve LaFore, lead guitarist for North of Normal, has played in a wide variety of groups over the years. In addition to several original alternative bands and rock cover bands, he played with the UW - Madison Jazz Ensemble and even on a cruise ship, where he played in the show band, in the lounge, and by the pool. His most memorable moment was playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas as a finalist in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's “Battle of the Corporate Bands."
Brian Carter has been a drummer and percussionist for more than 30 years. He still loves nothing more than making groove come alive, or take an old favorite tune for a whole new spin. Brian has played with multiple cover bands in the Milwaukee area with styles ranging from classic rock, to pop and soul. He also enjoys playing with more traditional musical groups, including orchestras, jazz combos, big bands, small ensembles, and theatrical pit orchestras. He is absolutely psyched to be bringing the heat to the North of Normal crew!
Dave McCullough has been involved in music since childhood, beginning with saxophone, guitar, and eventually bass in high school. Dave loves laying down a solid groove, locking in tight with a drummer, and making those heads bob. His prior bands include funk, jam bands, classic rock, and 80's new wave. Along with his passion for playing, he brings a deep knowlege of technology and is an accomplished audio engineer with over 20 years of experience. Dave has produced both live and studio recordings for artists ranging from hard rock, reggae, bluegrass, hip-hop, college a cappella, string quartets, jazz ensembles, choirs, theater companies, and just about everything in between. Dave is locked and loaded for North of Normal action!
Sometimes we cover the original studio version, and sometimes it's a whole new take on an older classic but one you'll still recognize: (partial list, we''re still building! Want to help shape the direction of the band? We're currently looking for a rhythm guitarist with vocal abilities and a female vocalist)
Walk The Moon
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Jimmy Eats World
Fitz & the Tantrums
Zac Brown Band