Grand Rapids group played ahead of The Stooges, MC-5 and Cirrus at the Grand Valley Armory on December 18th, 1970. Played regularly at the White Rabbit & Ed Buchanan also sat in from time to time. The group was active between 1969 and 1973.
- Jack Wolotira (Lead Guitar)
- Glen Jones (Lead vocals)
- Mike Green (Sax & organ)
- Fred LeBaron (Guitar, vocals)
- Dan LeBaron (Drums)
- Peter Ford (Bass)
Bios for Jack Wolotira & Mike Green. Much of it is based on emails that Mike Green has sent me. Gordon Wolotira (Jack’s brother)
Jack Wolotira, lead guitar, was musically the leader of the band although he was only sixteen when the group was formed. Best known for his guitar solo on the Grateful Dead’s “St. Stephen”, he was “the most creative guitar player I have ever had the honor to play with,” according to Mike Green. Jack (also known as Jon) left the group in Fall 1971 to study music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He was replaced in the group by Dan’s brother, Fred LeBaron. Unfortunately, in 1972, Jack became ill—eventually diagnosed as brain cancer–and was forced to leave both Berklee, and ultimately the band. Although surgery & chemotherapy saved his life, he suffered a stroke during the operation that impacted his ability to play the guitar and effectively ended his career as a professional musician. He spent the rest of his life in Kodiak, AK, New York, NY; Mesa, AZ; and Seattle, WA where he died in 1999 at the age of 46.
Mike Green, keyboards & sax, was originally from Oak Park, MI. While attending Grand Valley State, he originally formed Riverun with Jack Wolotira in the Spring of 1969. Mike’s pulsating keyboard and saxophone solos were always the highlight of every Riverun set. During the Summer of 1971, several members of the group, including Mike, relocated to Missoula, Montana but returned to the Grand Rapids area that Fall. After receiving a kidney transplant in 1973 which according to Mike, “stopped me from being a pro musician”, he left the group and eventually relocated to Portland, OR where he lives today.