Getaway City was formed in January 2012 by Kent Aschenbrenner. He felt there was a need in Eastern Iowa for a band to be playing the music heard on many radio stations but never played live. Getaway City fills that need with a wide variety of classic rock, blues, and arrangements of their own.
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 their fun and energetic stage presence as well as their music being at a comfortable level for listening and dancing.
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 music that will appeal to anyone.
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 started playing around 1977 where he got started right away playing with 3 different bands that played traditional country music.
He played in Eddie Halvorson's band from 1979 to about 2009.
Entering the 80"s Larry played with such bands in the Cedar Valley area as Geez Louis and the Marty Long band.
In 1986 because of the difficult economy, he moved to Dallas TX. There he played country with the Mountain Creek band for two years.
Returning home to the Waterloo/Cedar Falls iowa In 1991, Larry hooked up with bands earlier mentioned.
In 2006 Larry formed the band "Fusion" for two years.
From 2007 to present he has spent his time concentrating on
church praise work.
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 his college's jazz band. After his friends sold their guitars and bought drums, Kent decided to switch to guitar. His first band was country-rock band "Misty", in June of 1992 on lead guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Kent has also had the opportunity to share the stage with many othe 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 celebrated twenty years of marriage to his sweetheart Lisa this September.