One of Milwaukee's most popular rock 'n' roll groups, the Pat McCurdy Band, will get some national exposure Saturday night when they perform on the syndicated television show, "Star Search."
The show, hosted by Ed McMahon, is a national talent search in which local acts compete for cash prizes before a panel of judges from the entertainment industry. It is broadcast locally by WVTV (Channel 18) at 7 p.m.
McCurdy and his colleagues consider the appearance a big break. They have already established a reputation as one of the top rock attractions in the upper Midwest, performing an energetic mix of original material that owes much to classic pop rock. They perform frequently in clubs and concert venues in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.
The band has undergone some recent personnel changes, shifting from a five- to four-man line-up and adding new drummer John Torrel. Other members include McCurdy on vocals and guitar, Bob Pachner on keyboards, and Pete Strand on bass.
The group is also affiliated with the Miller High Life Rock Network, a nationwide collection of bands supported by the brewer on various tours. The series is produced by Reynolds Management, a Milwaukee-based promotion firm that also manages McCurdy's band.