About Getaway City:

Formed in January 2012 by Kent Aschenbrenner, Getaway City has performed all over East Central Iowa for countless private parties on up to playing for over 10,000 bicyclists on the 2012 RAGBRAI bike ride.  The band has become well known for playing the songs you often hear on the radio but aren't performed live, and their fun and energetic stage presence.


Band members include 6'-9" tall Kent Aschenbrenner, who literally takes his guitar & harmonica playing to "new heights".  He is joined by Amanda Haker on keyboard/acoustic guitar/vocals, Dennis Guernsey on bass guitar/vocals, and Larry Zobel on drums/vocals.  Together they ensure an unforgettable night of live classic rock from the 50's, 60's, and 70's that will have your hands clapping and your toes tapping from the first note to the very last.



Amanda Haker

keyboards/vocals


Amanda started her live music career in 1994 with the band Misty in which she played keyboard, rhythm guitar, and sang both lead and harmony.  She was well known for singing Patsy Cline and the occasional yodel.  During her 15 years with the band she had the opportunty to perform with a long list of great musicians including Bobby Bare, Clinton Gregory, and Mel McDaniel.  

Amanda was also a founding member of Backwoods Entertainment in which she sang for seven years. This gave her the opportunity to come out from behind the keyboard and sing everything from old country to classical and current rock and roll.

Amanda earned her BA in music education from Luther College in 1994 and has been a music teacher for the past twenty years.  She has been a band director, choir director, general music specialist in Tripoli, Preston, and Olin. She currently teaches elementary music at North Cedar Community School District as well as teaching private piano lessons.  

Amanda married her husband Chris in 2007 and together they raise their three girls.  She enjoys listening to all kinds of music.  Her favorites include The Eagles, The Beatles, and CCR.

Dennis Guernsey

bass guitar/vocals


Dennis began playing bass guitar and singing during high school in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area with such bands as the "Devil's Brood", the "91st Street Blueberry Band Review", and the "Trollmen". 


During his college days, he was a founding member of "Nick and the Whales"-enjoying the music of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's.  Here he acquired the nickname of Lefty, as Nick's right-hand man.


After college, Dennis rested his band chops until joining the band "Misty" in 1989.  During his almost twenty years with "Misty", he had the pleasure of meeting and playing with many fine, talented local musicians-including Kent and Amanda of Getaway City.  "Misty" also opened for or was the back-up band for such national acts as Dottie West, Bill Anderson, John Conlee, Bobby Bare, Dale Black, and others.  Recently Dennis has been playing with the "Channel Cats" of Cedar Falls.


Dennis earned his BA and JD degrees at the University of Iowa.  He has his own office and has been practicing law in Waterloo since 1976.  He occasionally runs a special deal where for an extra $50 he will guarantee you the maximum sentence allowed by law!


Larry Zobel

drums/vocals


A native of the Mason City area, Larry has been playing drums for over forty years.


He got his start in 1977 when he joined three area country bands.  In 1979, Larry joined the Eddie Halvorson band and continued drumming in this band on and off for many years.


In 1986, Larry moved his family to the Dallas, Texas area where he played drums for a local favorite, "The Mountain Creek Band" for two years. 


Returning home to the Cedar Valley in 1991, Larry joined the "Geez Louis" band followed by the "Marty Long Band".  He then helped form the band "Fusion" in 2009 which was an area favorite through 2011. 


Larry is retired from John Deere after a thirty-five year career there.  He continues to play drums for his church and enjoys spending time with his wife, family, grandkids, and riding his Victory motorcycle.


Kent Aschenbrenner

lead guitar/harmonica/vocals


Known by most of his friends as "Big Bird", Kent has been playing and singing in bands for the past 25 years. He first started playing drums in the William Penn Jazz & Dixieland bands.  After his friends sold their guitars  and bought drums, Kent decided to switch to guitar.  In June 1992 he was hired by his friend and mentor, Vern Kolpek of the country-rock band "Misty" on guitar and vocals.


Kent has also had the opportunity to share the stage with many other well-known local bands and musicians, including Roger Miller, Michael Cutsforth, steel guitarist Lefty Schrage, Bob Guthart, Jeff Isaacs, the Davidson brothers, Barry Witlash, and many others . Kent is very thankful to have had the chance to get to know and learn from them.

 

Kent loves music in most all forms.  His two greatest influences are John Fogerty and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In his spare time, Kent can usually be found in the studio, tinkering in his shop, or riding his Harley Davidson.


Kent farms fulltime on the farm that was homesteaded by his great, great grandparents in 1883.  He celebrated twenty years of marriage to his sweetheart Lisa in September 2014.


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Wednesday, Dec 31 at 8:30 PM - 11:59 PM
Saturday, Jan 24 at 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM
Saturday, Feb 14 at 9:00 PM - Sunday, Feb 15 11:59 PM
Friday, Mar 27 at 9:00 PM - 11:59 PM