Getaway City is the band of choice when it comes to fun, energetic live music in Eastern Iowa. The band pays special tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, the Doors, and many other artists from the late sixties through the early eighties.
The Getaway City Band has performed all over East Central Iowa from small private parties to over 10,000 bicyclists on the 2012 RAGBRAI. They take special pride in that their music is set to a comfortable level for listening and dancing to and have become well-known for their fun and energetic stage presence.
Led by 6’-9” founder/vocalist Kent Aschenbrenner, he literally takes his guitar & harmonica playing to “new heights”. He is joined by Doug Walters on drums & vocals, Jayson Aschenbrenner on bass guitar & vocals, and Amanda Haker on keyboard & vocals. Together, they form one of the best up and coming bands to hit the live music scene in the last five years.
Known by most of his friends as "Big Bird", Kent has been playing and singing in bands for the past 25 years. He joined his first band, country-rock band "Misty", in June of 1992 on lead guitar, harmonica and vocals. "Misty" shared the stage with several national recording artists including the Statler Brothers, Tom T. Hall, Kitty Wells, Grandpa Jones, Dottie West, Marty Haggard, & Gene Watson.
Kent has also had the opportunity to share the stage with many other well-known local bands and musicians, including Roger Miller (Milk & Honey), Michael Cutsforth (The Wicked Andersons, Remember The Alamo), steel guitarist Lefty Schrage, Bob Guthart, Jeff Isaacs,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. He likes to chart and write his own music also. 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 2007 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic.
Kent farms fulltime on the farm that was homesteaded by his great, great grandparents in 1883. He celebrates twenty years of marriage to his sweetheart Lisa this September.
Doug has been playing drums and singing music since high school. A native of Springfield, Ohio, his first band, "Tomorrow's Dream", was a well-known act there for several years. Doug has been actively playing and singing in bands in the Cedar Valley since 2010.
Doug's smile and laugh are what make him well known to so many people. The band jokes they haven't played a gig yet where some-one didn't know Doug from somewhere.
Fans and friends love seeing Doug get behind the drums and play and sing his favorites songs of Santana and the Who and his drum solo on the Safari's "Wipeout" has become a crowd favorite.
Doug's interests and hobbies include flying and aviation. He has been an avid pilot for most of his life and is on the planning committee for the "Thunder in the Valley" airshows held at the Waterloo Airport. He has a love for classic cars too, as evidenced by his original 1977 Chevrolet Corvette. During the fall, Doug is rooting for his Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinatti Bengals.
Doug loves all forms of classic rock & roll, jazz, and music of the big band era. His favorite groups include Santana, CCR, the Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Cream.
Doug currently owns & operates Cedar Valley Painting. He is married to his lovely wife Liz and they both enjoy their grandson Austin.
Jayson has been playing guitar and bass since the age of 11. When he first pick-ed up a guitar it was apparent that he had a unique gift for learning songs very quickly. He has an incredible "ear" for being able to listen to a song only a few times and be able to pick out the different instrumental parts almost note for note.
Jayson became an official member of Getaway City late summer of 2012. Jayson sat in for a few songs on rhythm guitar, and joined fulltime soon afterward. He now plays bass guitar and is proving that he is one talented, young musician and vocalist-impressing crowds all over with his vocals and skills on the bass. And if you get the chance, you may just see the ONLY bass guitarist to play behind his back!
Jayson loves classic rock. His Smartphone is full of classic rock songs from the 60's, 70's, 80's, and early 90's. When not listening to music, he can usually be found enjoying a good video game on his Xbox, playing basketball, hanging out on the basketball court with his friends, sleeping, or in his Jeep.