collaboration with David Bosier: CallinginRichSong.com
Kevin Simnacher (lead guitar & backing vocals),
Dan Boddicker (lead vocals & keys), Russ Boyer
(bass & backing vcals), Steve Anderson (drums
& backing vocals)
past members include Tim Weidman (bass & rythm
guitar), Karie Skogman (lead & backing vocals
and rythm guitar), Mitch Smith (sound technician and
guest sax player), Micheal
Clair (lead guitar), Jeff Winsor (drums)
My first significant band
experience. We were just kids then, writing songs
with dreams of "making it". Once the younger
band members graduated from High School, we were off
on the road for six weeks at a time, returning periodically
to re-charge our health and get a few good meals for
a couple of weeks before going back out for more punishment.
the band's last couple of years (1981-83) we managed
to have played in 13 different states and recorded
several of our original tunes as demos.
The band broke up in 1983 when 3 of the members decided
to marry and settle down.
year later, a
song I wrote and recorded with Ratler called "You're
a Daydream" was entered in the local "Stroh's
Talent Search" contest and got "runner-up",
getting some local airplay. The top 4 bands' songs
were featured on the release of an EP vinyl record
as part of the promotion.
Sean Murphy (lead vocals & drums), Jim Wolter (bass),
Pence (keys), Amy Wolter (lead vocals), Kevin Simnacher
(lead guitar & backing vocals)
got in the next band as a result of meeting Sean Murphy
at Sunnyside Temple Weslyan Church in Waterloo, Iowa.
We ended up renting a house together with another
single guy who also went there to church. Jim and
Amy Wolter had been discussing doing a band with Sean,
and when they found out I played guitar, one thing
led to another. Beth DeBerg was our first keyboardist.
We played at weddings, church youth lock-ins and misc.
local activities. The band won first place at a Christian
"Battle of the Bands" held in Minneapolis,
earning the warmup spot for Mylon LeFevre and Broken
Heart at the annual Sonshine Festival that year.
a few more months, Beth decided the band wasn't her
thing, so we found an extrememly gifted keyboard player
Pence. I stuck around another 6 months with this
configuration, and left just a few months before the
band landed a record deal.
Clubb (keys & lead vocals), Brad Zimmerman (Guitar
& lead vocals), Ray Robertson (lead vocals, acoustic
guitar, bass, etc.), Zach Nickles (drums), Kevin Simnacher
(Lead Guitar), Jeff Langenberg (bass & lead vocals)
was absent when photo was taken.
1996, I decided it was time again to play music, so
I joined Tan Yer Hide, a band that played 50% "New
Country" and 50% "Classic Rock" covers
with a couple of bandleader Ray Robertson's originals
thrown in. It was a sweet deal for me, because we
always played in-town with the exception of a couple
of times when we went to Kansas City and Anamosa,
respectively. Ray owned all the P.A. and lighting
and had his own roadie named "Gary" to help
set it all up and tear it down. All we had to do is
just show up with our own stage gear to set up. I
was with TYH until Fall of 1998 when Ray moved to
Arizona and the band broke up.
Bekebrede (Bass), Kevin Simnacher (Lead Guitar), Ken
Heinzerling (Drums & Lead Vocal)
year was 2005 (I know... lots of time between
bands) and I was itching to play again. I posted
an ad at the local "Music-Go-Round" and
got a call to audition for then 5-pc "Classic
Rock" cover band called "Monkey Business".
By September, the band was down to just 3 members.
This was the most financially successful of any band
I'd been with, even to this day. We played all cover
material, and played many bars within a 7-county radius
of Cedar Rapids. We also played at A few private parties,
RAGBRAI, Cedar Rapids' BBQ Roundup, The season opener
for the Tate Cummins Baseball Complex, The Catalpa
Corners Annual Horse Trials, Anamosa's Uptown Friday
Nights, plus a couple of charity events. By our third
year, we had a schedule of playing out approx. 50
dates a year, thanks to my efforts at promoting and
booking the band. In Fall of 2009 I was finally kicked
out of the band because I was "holding them back"
from playing songs like "Crazy Bitch" by
Dave Calhoun (bass & backing vocals), Rick Von
Lienen (lead vocals & guitar), Kraig Spratt (drums
& vocals), Kevin Simnacher (lead guitar &
guess I was going through withdrawal from losing my
Monkey Business spot and on the rebound, I joined
HH. A friend, Josh Molitor was the bass player at
that time, and they lost thier guitar player right
about the same time that I was looking. One thing
led to another and I was "in". Josh left
the band about 2 months later, along with drummer
thing I have to say is that this band ROCKED! There
was craziness on so many levels though.
We opened shows for the popular CHEESE PIZZA cover
band to a sold-out show at "1st Avenue LIVE!"
(an audience of 700 people), along with other opening
gigs for bands like "Hell Yeah" and "The
Last Vegas". We were able to play a total of
ten original songs mixed in to our cover material
set. Eight of those made it to a CD which was released
on April 15 of 2011. That was bassist Dave Calhoun
and my last gig with the band. What a great way to
finish with a band and have a CD released to show
for our time together.
D.J. Holvenstot - drums/percussion, Vic Hernandez - vocals/keys/guitar/harmonica, Kenda Hernandez - vocals & percussion, John Hernandez - Bass, Kevin Simnacher - guitar & vocals
Had some fun times playing old 60's psychedelic music, blues, R&B and 70's/80's rock with this group for about a year. But then it was time to move onward, so Kevin bid his Adieu in August of 2015.
In December of 2015 Kim Bean invited Kevin to fill the guitarist spot in his band, "Flashback". The guys decided to re-name the band, "Saloonatics" and we played our first gig at the end of January 2016 to a sold-out audience of 2,000 people at the annual Brrr Fest in Coralville, Iowa. What a way to start off… Since then, we have had some personnel changes and currently the band has a powerful lead singer, Nikki Davidson, formerly of Kantirocks. On keys we have Paul Abodeely of the former Beatles tribute band Silver Wings and 80's band Redwing. On drums, Kim Bean, formerly of The Toys, Avalanche, and Night Moves. On Bass we have Barth Walter, formerly of the Cathy Hart Band, 8 Seconds and the Jake McVey Band. On guitar, Kevin Simnacher, formerly of Ratler, Fighter, Tan Yer Hide, Monkey Business, Harvey Headbanger and Full Circle.