Red Dirt Concert Series: Marshall Charloff & Purple Xperience – The Minnesota Discovery Center

Fri Sep 6, 2024 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Close out the Red Dirt Concert series with the world's most authentic and electrifying tribute to Minnesota's very own, Prince! 


Marshall Charloff & Purple xPeRIeNCE is the most celebrated tribute to Prince in the world.
The group was co-founded by Marshall and Matt “Doctor” Fink (keyboardist from Prince & The
Revolution) in 2011, an era where Prince closely monitored the use of his art. Their vision was
to deliver Prince’s music on the highest level, played live and untracked by skilled musicians,
while paying respectful visual homage through costuming and likeness.

Immediately met with success and adoration from discerning Prince devotees, the band has
now been touring for over a decade, nationwide and internationally, and has performed for over
1 million fans. In 2019, they were officially licensed by the Prince Estate, and in 2021, Marshall
Charloff & The Purple xPeRIeNCE were selected by the US Department of State to be featured
in the USA Pavilion of the World Expo in Dubai.

The band continues to hold the unique distinction of playing the show 100% live, completely
–paying true homage to the greatest musician of our time–Prince–with real musicianship.

Minneapolis-native Marshall was raised in the epicenter of 1980’s music production, and cut his
musical teeth working with Superproducers John Fields and Steven “Funkytown” Greenberg. At
age 19, Marshall, like Prince, was discovered and signed by producer Pepe Willie. Marshall is
featured on 94 East albums with Prince, where he plays guitar and Prince is on vocals.

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer in his own right, Marshall has written for,
produced, and recorded for the multi-Platinum and Grammy award-winning Commodores and
for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Little Anthony & The Imperials. Marshall’s second original album,
“Unperfect” achieved the distinction of “Top 100 Albums of 2020” on global smooth jazz charts.
Marshall has also played keys for the Atlanta Rhythm Section, and has played bass guitar with
Bobby “Z”, Matt “Dr. Fink”, and Andre Cymone (all Prince alumni players).

In addition to his work with The Purple xPeRIeNCE, Marshall has had the honor of fronting 25 of
the finest symphonies in North America, performing the music of Prince to great acclaim. He has
been the feature of two full-length PBS Broadcasts; fronting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra,
and fronting The Purple xPeRIeNCE in the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison,


Marshall completed a Las Vegas residency, where he headlined starring in “Purple Piano: The
World’s Only One-Man Tribute to Prince”--a highly-engaging show in the style of Prince’s final
tour, “Piano and a Microphone”. This production continues to tour nationwide, interspersed with
full band performances.

In all of his avenues of honoring Prince, Marshall’s vocals are uncannily accurate, his guitar and
piano skills are masterful, and his endearing stage presence is irresistible in its paradox of
finesse and reverence.

Marshall Charloff's all-star band, Purple Xperience, hosts a number of world-class players,
including Tracey Blake on lead guitar (played with New Power generation, Sons of Almighty
featuring members of NPG, Tracey Blake Project, Westside: inducted in the Midwest hall of
fame); Ron Long on bass guitar (played with Christina Aguilera, The Backstreet Boys, 98°,
Also recorded with John L., Larry Blackman of Cameo, and Spike Lee); Ron Caron on drums (played
with the Rembrandts, Tina and the B sides, The Melismatics); Cory Eischen on keys (played
with New Power Generation, Prince's protégé group: Mazarati, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner and
Dan Wilson from Semisonic).



The Northwood's Band

It began with Hunter McCullough (age 17), Dennis Pearson (age 18), and Colton McCullough (age 15) in 2014.  This year, 2024, is our 10 year band anniversary. We added Rick Sundstrom in 2016. Dennis moved to Florida to attend graduate school to continue studying music in 2018 and that is when we added Dalton Hanson.  We are all graduates of Two Harbors High School.  Two Harbors has an amazing pool of talent, and the community embraces and fosters every bit of it!! We are very lucky for the continued support of our hometown!

Last year, Rick left to start a family and pursue his solo music career.  Dalton Hanson joined SouthpawMN as his main band and plays for The Northwood's Band whenever he is available. For now, we are going back to our roots of being a 3-piece band.  We have a short list of amazing bass players who fill in when Dalton is not available.  John Teschner of the Zakk Grandahl Band; Tony Thomas formerly Cheap Trixx and upcoming musician Mitch Wright, another Two Harbors High School graduate.

We are a cover band mainly covering classic rock and country. But we are known for our wide variety of music.  We play music from the 1950s to current. We also take requests. Each of us has dabbled with writing our own music, but we have yet to bring our originals together to perform for an audience.  We're also known for our instrument changes. Each of us plays multiple instruments so we're often switching it up on stage.

We gig all around Minnesota and Wisconsin and have even played in Canada. With the amazing support of our community, we won the Duluth Reader's Best Band of the Northland award in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2023 and the Duluth News Tribune's Best Local Band of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Our spotlight gigs have been opening for Hairball in 2023 and 2024; opening for Resurrection -- A Journey Tribute Band; this summer we open for Joe Nichols and Jo Dee Messina at the Concert in the Corn in Mason, WI.  When The Northwood's Band is not playing, Hunter and Colton McCullough tour locally in WI and MN as The McCullough Brothers.

We are very thankful and blessed to be doing what we love.....playing music!

Schedule of Events

  • 5:00pm--Venue Doors Open
  • 6:30pm-7:30pm--The Northwood's Band Opens the Show
  • 8:00pm--Marshall Charloff & Purple Xperience rock the MDC Amphitheater!