to Mom Heinzerling, from the time he was a small boy,
Ken Heinzerling was always "monkeying around",
which eventually evolved to "monkey business"
in his teen years.
Business" was always on young Ken's mind throughout
his early twenties as he searched for a way to goof off
and get paid for it. Ken spent a lot of time hanging out
with musicians throughout this incubation period. In his
subconscious mind, he was still working out the details
of his his master plan.
One day it occurred to Ken to become a musician. Of course...
he had heard Dire Straits' song "Money for Nothing"
so many times over the years, but now it made more sense
than ever! He had sat in on drums during band rehearsals
of some of the guys he was hanging out with before, so
he knew he could do it. Plus, he had voice training and
experience singing from his school years. It all seemed
to make sense that he take a crack at it now.
first band, "Blind Lab Rats" lasted for about
3 years before certain events found the members going
their separate ways. That was when "Monkey Business"
MONKEY BUSINESS v1.0
and fellow "Blind Lab Rat" guitarist Byron Wooten
found a third member, Mario Salazar, to form the first
lineup, which didn't last long enough to reallly get out
gigging, as Byron made a decision to "go into retirement"
from the band scene due to his newborn child and his need
to bond with his own family more.
MONKEY BUSINESS v2.0
The next incarnation of the band included two ex-members
of the band "Results May Vary". Drummer Ben
Davis and Bassist Scott Bekebrede joined Mario and Ken
and now Ken was trying his hand at the role of "Lead
Singer/Front Man". They tried out other lead guitarists
to fill the "Byron" void, and found Kevin Simnacher,
ex-Lead Guitarist of "Tan Yer Hide"/"Fighter"/"Ratler"/"Big
Spender" bands. This particular grouping left Ken
missing drumming and then after 3 months Kevin jumped
ship to join progressive rock cover band (the short-lived
"Idol Threat") Ken decided to bow out at this
time as well.
MONKEY BUSINESS v3.0
a week or two of leaving the 5-peice grouping, Ken realized
he had committed "Monkey Business" to playing
a benefit gig, but he no longer had a band. He contacted
Scott Bekebrede and his old friend Byron Wooten to join
him in putting together an hour worth of entertainment
for the benefit gig, which they did.
It was a great chemistry between the three, and they performed
brilliantly as they played their first and only performance
together. When asked if he was going to "come out
of retirement" and start gigging again, Byron was
unable to commit.
Fortunately, Kevin Simnacher had recently become available
again, as he found himself "band-less" at about
this time. So together, these three musicians banded together
on a quest for grand scale assault on the Cedar Rapids
area bar scene. The world may never again be the same.
4 years gigging steadily with the band, Bassist Scott
Bekebrede announced in the Spring of 2009 that he would
retire from the band to do other activities, like rest
and get sleep, but would play out the band's schedule
through August, or whenever we felt a suitable replacement
was ready to take the reins.
bassist Roger Lambert. It was
less than a week of our posting an ad online with bandmix.com
that Roger contacted Monkey Business through an email.
He was currently playing in a band called "The Trux",
but wanted to play out more than just once or twice a
month and saw that we played out quite a bit more than
Check out Roger's extensive bio and career highlights
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