After years of focusing on classical guitar, Randy Pobanz decided to get back into bass and start a band with his son and friend.
However, the rock and blues band only got to play a few private shows before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Now, the band is back and ready to introduce itself to the public at the 47th annual Quad-City Times Bix 7.
Rambunctious, made up of bassist Pobanz, drummer Eric Pobanz and guitarist and lead vocalist Larry Smith, will play covers of classic rock songs along the Bix 7 route July 24.
"I'm really looking forward to it," Randy Pobanz said.
The group mostly plays rock and blues music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. This will be their first public show since forming a year-and-a-half ago.
Pobanz said they only came up with their name this past weekend after throwing around ideas for a while.
The name Rambunctious came about when Smith noticed Pobanz's dog acting hyper. He commented on the dog using the word rambunctious, and they both decided that it was a good name for them.
Each band member has played in other bands, but for Pobanz it's been years. A music instructor at Augustana College, he's spent his time focusing on classical guitar rather than bass, though he learned bass first. He said he missed it.
After the Bix 7, Rambunctious is going to look into booking more shows and events. All the members live in or around the Quad-Cities, so they've reached out to some local bars to look for slots.
There are quite a few songs Pobanz enjoys playing, but some favorites are "Running Down a Dream" by Tom Petty, "Rockin' in the Real World" by Neil Young and "Alabama Getaway" by the Grateful Dead.
These timeless tunes will serve to wake the crowd up and entertain both spectators and runners, though they won't be able to listen for long.
"We're trying to give the runners something nice to hear as they go by," Pobanz said.