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A band’s rise to the spotlight

Hoveland to perform with his band Hollywood Burnout on Jerry Lewis Telethon on Labor Day

September 2, 2010
By CARRIE OLSON Daily Freeman-Journal Staff Writer

It's not every day that a former Webster City resident gets to perform on national television. And Seth Hoveland, of Des Moines, will have that chance on Labor Day, performing with his band, Hollywood Burnout, on the 21-hour Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

The Des Moines-based band will be performing in two separate time slots on Monday, from 5 to 6 a.m. and from 11 to noon, Central Time. The show can be seen on KDSM FOX-17.

Hoveland said that becoming a member of Hollywood Burnout, as well as his future performance on national television, has been an unexpected ride.

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Seth Hoveland, the bass player for Hollywood Burnout, will be performing with his band on the Jerry Lewis Telethon on Labor Day. The band will play from 5 to 6 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon, Central Time on KDSM?FOX-17. He is a 2001 graduate of Webster City High School.

"It's been going so fast," Hoveland said. "I decided to answer an ad on Craigslist, for a band looking for a bass player - I figured why not?"

As a bass player, Hoveland joined brothers Josh Sinclair (vocals and guitar) and Nick Sinclair (drums and backup vocals) in the band. The two brothers had formerly been in a two-piece band called Little Mojo for 10 years.

"This past year, crazy things have just happened for us," Hoveland said. "Earlier in the year, our music was featured on the television show 'Mercy' on NBC. Our music has also been on the show '16 and Pregnant' on MTV."

Hollywood Burnout has also been in regular rotation on the Weather Channel's morning show, "Wake Up with Al Roker." The band has been able to open for large acts Great White and Bad Company.

Hoveland said that the band plays in the vein of rock, from pop to alternative.

The band was selected for the telethon through the national Get Discovered competition provided by Clear Channel Communications. Approximately a thousand other bands also entered the competition.

"We entered the competition nonchalantly and thought if something happens, cool," Hoveland said. "Josh got called into the KISS 107 FM studio. Greg Sinclair of the studio said that he wanted to talk with him about some of the shows we have coming up. While talking with Josh, he announced that we won the competition. Now, it's been going so fast moving towards the telethon."

Three other bands were chosen from the contest to perform.

The band will fly out to Las Vegas today and do meet and greets and photo shoots on Saturday.

When asked if this will lead up to more, Hoveland said, "It's kind of a 'wait and see' what happens. If something happens, that's fantastic."

He's excited to be on a stage that other great musicians have graced.

"I remember watching the show when I was growing up," he said. "It's just crazy. It's really cool to get the opportunity to be involved with it. I mean, Dean Martin performed on this stage. The gravity of the situation hasn't hit me. It's great to be considered."

Hoveland is a 2001 graduate of Webster City High School.

Contact Carrie Olson at or call 832-4350.



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