Norbert Mazari, Chris Blackard, and Mark Yeske formed the ASTRAL KITCHEN in 1990. Originally a power 3 piece the band has expanded it's sound by adding many different instruments. Based in both California AND Colorado, the band has managed to spread the word of its new incarnation to people of both states. This is creating a "buzz" twice as fast as if we were only to work with one metro. CD sales have been notable in BOTH the US and Canada. Norbert who runs the Colorado crew, and Chris, who runs the California crew, collaborates to write and record all of the ASTRAL KITCHEN material. We take pride in the musicians that have come on board to perform this music, and are confident that you will love this music as much as we do.
Although this band is primarily a "Original band" we have an excellent selection of "tribute covers" that will allow us to fit into almost any situation that is within are genre. We guarantee if you are just now hearing about us that it won't be the last you hear of us. Word is spreading fast about the unique style and signature sound that this music posses. This web site is dedicated to the bands business. We have a fan site also, and welcome you to come and check it out! www.astralkitchen.com
The Astral Kitchen, formed in1990 as a three piece band that had both punch, originality, witty lyrics, and best of all a good fun band. The project, which began as a live band playing the San Francisco Bay area, slowly evolved into a recording effort. This was due to the untimely death of the Bass player Mark Yeski. The two remaining members continued on to do other musical adventures in both Colorado, and in the Bay Area, and eventually realized that we were missing the music of the Astral Kitchen, and the interaction of creating music together.
In the spring of 2001 we decided to put things back together in a way that more suited the needs of the remaining founding members. The band would no longer be a three piece, the music would include multiple styles and would involve many different instruments both percussive and string related. This of course gave the band a mature sound that the more sophisticated music listener could digest. The band however is not abandoning it's younger audiences, the live show will include some of the "hits" of the past and will lean heavy on a "musical troupe" type feel. The core of the group is five pieces, GTR, Bass, Drums, Kybd, Vocals.All with high standards of musicianship.The 2006 line up included drummer Jimmy Kennan, who has left the band for personal reasons, and the original drummer/ Vocalist has taken over the drum duties for now
We play at clubs, and private events, and we are just now breaking into the Festival scene. We are looking to be able to reach larger audiences around the country, and have mini tours as often as feasible.
Thinking Man's Rock....If Peter Gabrial,Ozzy Osbourne,Santana,Beck, and the Talking heads, all got together to make music...You might sound close....
Line six POD pro
Gibson Flying V's
Whashborn (Delta king)
Maistro (electric violin)
Rogers Drums (vintage double bass 14 piece)
Tama Imperialstar (8 piece)
Remo (Poncho Sanchez Congas)
Zilgin cybals/ Gong
And a truck load of PA and recording gear!