2006 - Band
Members: Bill Hoft, Mike Cusack, Fred Ricaurte, Ted Klotz, Arnie Bode
Bio: Hailing from the Rembrandt/Laurens area here in Iowa, FRB was formed when the members of Freedom Rock Band regrouped when it came time to further their educations.
During the high school years, Mike Cusack and Bill Hoft played together with John Spike, Dave Wayt and Craig Bugge. When Cusack went to college he met up with Fred Ricaurte. They discovered similar tastes in music and played well together. From this experience they brought in Bill Hoft and Ted Klotz. Then Ted moved to Kansas to play with The Pottawatomie County Pork and Bean Band so the band called Arnie Bode in Fort Dodge to replace him on drums.
From that time in 1972 the four piece band played in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. With booking agents in Iowa and Illinois the group stayed busy. As the band matured, they began writing their own material, a style of rock/blues and down home boogie music that appealed to a growing number of people.
Through the years they played with many national acts including: Santana, Jethro Tull, Toots and the Maytals, Aerosmith, Charlie Daniels, Vassar Clements, Wet Willie, Ted Nugent, Tommy Bolin and Kansas.
In late 1976 Arnie Bode and his wife, Julie lost their lives in a tragic house fire. At this time Cusack, Hoft and Ricaurte went on for other pursuits. Fred has continued writing and performing, focusing on the Christian music scene. Bill Hoft retired from the music scene for some time in order to support a family.
Mike Cusack pursued his music career, first going on the road with friends from the Cedar Falls area by the name of Headstone and then Midnight Sam. From there he worked with a group in Burbank, CA called Baby. Another move ended him in Florida, working with Bobby Keyes at a club named Woody’s on the Beach.
In 1997 Ted Klotz was contacted. Cusack, Hoft, Ricaurte and Klotz got back together for a reunion in Marathon, IA. With the great acceptance from the crowd it was determined to do a few reunions. It has all been “great fun”!
Danny Matousek was involved in Music in one way or another most of his life. He was a member of the Velaires who were inducted into the Iowa RockNRoll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Danny passed away in the Spring of 1998 just prior to a scheduled performance with other IRRHOF Bands at Swisher Iowa.
The loss of Danny has left a big void in Rock and Roll History in Iowa.
This Award is presented to those persons that have displayed, during their lifetime the same dedication the same spirit, the same professionalism and made a lasting contribution to Iowa Rock and Roll Music, as did Danny Matousek.
Dic Youngs has been a Rock and Roll DJ for 40 years. Most of that time has been on KIOA Radio in Des Moines. His tireless efforts to keep Rock and Roll alive and involvement in the Community to help raise millions of dollars for charities over the years is phenomenal. Congratulations to Dic on the receipt of this award for 2006!