Young bluegrass band with local ties wins statewide music competition

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Jacob Ashworth, Ben Ashworth, Dulcie Ashworth, Derek Birkeland, Sarah Birkeland, and Holger Olesen make up the band Porcupine Creek. The group recently won the MBOTMA Race for a Place band contest and will subsequently open for the featured act at the MBOTMA summer festival in Richmond, Minn. on Aug. 8.
Jacob Ashworth, Ben Ashworth, Dulcie Ashworth, Derek Birkeland, Sarah Birkeland, and Holger Olesen make up the band Porcupine Creek. The group recently won the MBOTMA Race for a Place band contest and will subsequently open for the featured act at the MBOTMA summer festival in Richmond, Minn. on Aug. 8.

The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association crowned a new champion at its annual Race for a Place band contest held Nov. 22. Porcupine Creek, a band made up of six teenage musicians from Wyoming, Duluth, and Birchdale, Minn., took home the top prize.
Contest judges scored nine bands on a variety of skills. Bands were required to demonstrate strong audience appeal, great musicianship, traditional and original music, and innovative arrangements. Porcupine Creek’s winning performance featured six pieces of both traditional, new, and original bluegrass songs and arrangements.
As the contest winner, Porcupine Creek will open for the featured act at MBOTMA’s annual summer festival at the El Rancho Mañana campground in Richmond, Minn. on Aug. 8, 2015.