From: IA, United States
Though they were just teenagers, Lazy River performed at countless venues throughout the upper Midwest from 1969 thru 1972 culminating in appearances at the famed Star Ballroom in Dakota City (2005 inductee in the Iowa Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame). Eventually, all of the musicians went their separate ways, and only drummer Ardie Strutzenberg continued with a career in music playing with a variety of big name blues artists such as Taj Mahal, Lee Gates, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, and Jerry Boogie McCain and the MusicMaker Relief Foundation. A few of the others continued with music as a passionate hobby. Guitarist John Brandsgard also plays with the Kansas City based blues band "The Nortons," and Randy Berka plays with the Amplified DNA Band out of Northern California. Jon Porter played with a non-partisan Congressional band known as The Second Amendments who performed for US troops in the Middle East and numerous fund raising events including Farm Aid. In 1999 Strutzenberg, Callahan and Flanagan met at a bar in Humboldt to reminisce and decided on the spur of the moment to play a “reunion” gig. They phoned guitarist John Brandsgard, asked him to participate, and the next evening was the first of a series of eight magical “Rock 'n' Roll Reunion” gigs. In 2008 the band re-united again to record their first studio effort in 37 years entitled "Lazy River Band - Now & Then."