NOTE: ASTRAL KITCHEN is booking for the 2012 season. In addition, Chris Blackard is now Booking SOLO gigs for 2112. He will be performing AK Originals, and select Tribute cover material all details will be available soon!
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Norbert Mazari, Chris Blackard, and Mark Yeske formed the ASTRAL KITCHEN in 1990. They started as a power trio, with straight-ahead rock and roll rhythms, and clever heady lyrics. When recording the first CD, ASTRAL KITCHEN (AK Records) simply wanted to get their music out so they could play. Everyone sang on that CD, in fact Mark's quirky voice, and Chris's classic sounding vocals is what made that album interesting To this day, ASTRAL KITCHEN is still selling thousands of downloads of the first CD. This was truly the beginning of a classic band.
In 2003, with the release of Dirty Things, the band took on a savvy sound that explored some of the pop culture sounds of the day. Drawing from influences like Pink Floyd, Bowie, Beck, and other "retro" sounding bands, ASTRAL KITCHEN proved again, that they were ahead of the curve. The Dirty Things project was intended to recruit new and fresh blood to the music. The CD was recorded with just Mazari, and Blackard doing all the parts. Soon a live band was assembled with crack musicians that really brought the music to life. The Dirty things tour ended in September of 2005 after 135 road shows on the West Coast.
2006 brought the release of “Diabolic Design”. (AK records) with critical acclaim from both Rolling Stone, and Billboard online. Built on Raw fire power, and big production, ASTRAL KITCHEN continued to tour on Diabolic Design for three years. 206 shows later, in September of 2009 AK set out for the recording studio to create yet another chapter in the ASTRAL KITCHEN saga. "Elements" with the single "STAR" has been recieving great reviews, and Radio airplay, since it's Pre-release in 2010. The band is now geared up for the 2012 season, and are in the process of booking. For more information contact us at Booking@astralkitchen.com or 707-252-1212
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Chris Blackard - Vocals, Drums, Guitar, keyboards, Percussion, Violin, mandolin, ceder flute
Shawn Roberts - Gtr
Mark Hughes - Bass; Vocals
Larry The "O" - Drums / Vocals
Self Righteous woman
Do or Die (studio progressive Rock)
I get Lost (studio eclectic mellow world rock)
Voodoo Love Mix
Rock'n Live show
Rolling Stone gives Four Stars for ASTRAL KITCHEN
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In true "in your face" style this CD opens with a kick in the teeth to the current administration. T...In true "in your face" style this CD opens with a kick in the teeth to the current administration. This band has never sat quietly in the background. The CD, a combination of the raw power of the debut CD "ASTRAL KITCHEN (AK Records 1991)", and the Savvy follow up a full twelve years later, "Dirty Things" (AK Records 2003) is a reminder that Rock N Roll will not be quietly dismissed and tossed into a old school pile of tricks that your parents listened to. While this Bands roots can be traced back to Bands Like the "Beatles", they never settle on one sound or genre. From the driving "UFO" sounding "Breakthrough" to the Ethereal sound of "Vigil prayer", This band takes it from right to left, and top to bottom, leaving you to try to figure out what genre they adhere to. Never being able to pigeon hole the sound leaves the listener always wondering where they are going next on this journey through sound. Perhaps the name of the band "ASTRAL KITCHEN" is fitting for a band that seems to never have their sound too firmly planted in one place or another. To call this Band a eclectic one, is by far a understatement, and must be heard to be appreciated.
Billboard on line about ASTRAL KITCHEN
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Singing Drummer Bangs It Hard for ASTRAL KITCHEN The release of ASTRAL KITCHEN's n... Singing Drummer Bangs It Hard for ASTRAL KITCHEN
The release of ASTRAL KITCHEN's new CD Diabolic Design is banging hard on the door that separates world fact, and political fiction.
Sonoma, CA (Billboard Publicity Wire) November 15, 2006 -- ASTRAL KITCHEN has released their new CD Diabolic Design, now available at Amazon.com, CD Baby, astralkitchen.com, and many popular digital download sites.
Great writing, and the mix of Classic, and contemporary Rock, is what makes this band palatable to fans of all ages.
It has been a long time in Rock and Roll history that a power Rock Drummer has fronted a rising Rock band. Remember Bands like Rare Earth, Genesis, The Eagles, they all had great singing drummers, but in modern Rock history, no one has attempted such a feat. Chris Blackard has been at the helm of the Rock Band ASTRAL KITCHEN, pounding out the rhythms, and providing a powerful Rock vocal presence since its origin in 1990.
ASTRAL KITCHEN's "overnight success has taken sixteen years to accomplish, and the music has held a place of its own, though diversity, and perseverance." "Great writing, and the mix of Classic, and contemporary Rock, is what makes this band palatable to fans of all ages." The power and energy of live performances, propel this band into fury of synergy that demands the attention of audiences. With the 2006 release of Diabolic Design, the band proves again that they are a force to be reckoned with. The CD, a powerful collection of ASTRAL KITCHEN's many musical influences, can be described as both eclectic, and Rocking. The listener transcends many distinct levels of rock music, never able to predict where the ride will take them next.
Song writer Showcase
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By James Marshall Berry: One of the longest running Sonoma Valley bands is about to release a new C...By James Marshall Berry:
One of the longest running Sonoma Valley bands is about to release a new CD, but odds are you've never heard of them. Astral Kitchen, who has been gigging and recording since 1991, are putting the finishing touches on their latest venture, tentatively called "Elements."
The band has quite a story, starting with the name. After jamming together all through high school, Chris Blackard, Mark Yeske and Norbert Mazari found themselves with a large - well - huge barn at the top of Trinity Road with an immense door that opened out to the stars that used to give them inspiration as they wrote songs, gazing out at the "Astral Kitchen." The self-titled first release did well, with its hard rock feel and a bit of progressive vibe, and landed the band regular gigs at the clubs inside Travis Air Force Base.
In 1994, some of the band members headed to Colorado, but that didn't stop Blackard, who essentially set up a Colorado and California version of the band. Soon after, one of the founding members, Mark Yeske, was to pass away from diabetes, but the band pressed on in his memory.
In 2003, the band released "Dirty Things" and the disc was one of the original 100 CDs available on the upstart
CDBaby Internet music site. The release also brought them a West Coast tour with 135 dates. In 2006, "Diabolic Design" was released, to critical acclaim, but not as successful in the distribution channels, as unlike in 2003, there were now thousands of bands on CDBaby and other online music distribution sites, and the market was saturated. "I really thought that album was some of our best work, and was a little disappointed it wasn't more popular," said Blackard.
The years that followed brought record company hassles and a feeling that a new direction was needed, so now without a record deal or a band, Blackard and Mazari found themselves writing material for the next album in 2009, with a little different groove, stepping away from the traditional hard rock vibe they were known for. The new release has 12-string guitar tracks, flutes, mandolin and a variety of other instruments. Blackard describes the sound as "... kind of a Dave Matthews meets Yes meets Jeff Beck groove."
The recording did not come without its own wages though, with founding member Mazeri passing away this last April during the recording process, coincidentally also from diabetes. Blackard has assembled a fine group of seasoned musicians to back him on the upcoming 2011 tour, planned for this summer, including an appearance at the July 5 Sonoma farmers market. "We would love to play Sonoma more often, but it just seems that we haven't really had the chance or the time wasn't right or something," Blackard lamented.
We got to check out a preview track called from the new disc called "Star" and it is a bit tamer and has the groove Blackard describes about the new sound. We're really looking forward to checking out the entire new CD. If you want to know more about the band, the tour and when you can get the latest release, hit the band website at www.astralkitchen.com and sign up for their mailing list, and if you do, you will receive a free song from the new album.
Review of Live Show East Coast
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Review of live show (East Coast) Rockin out to the new Beatles John, Paul, George, and Ringo wo...Review of live show (East Coast)
Rockin out to the new Beatles
John, Paul, George, and Ringo would be proud your Rockin a** tunes!!!! I totally enjoyed the show. I see a future for this hard working band!
- Baltimore press
Live Show Review West Coast
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Review of live show (West Coast) Drive'n This is a nice driving rock and roll band. Very early ...Review of live show (West Coast)
This is a nice driving rock and roll band. Very early beatlesque. The harmonies especially. The vocals are a little remeniscent of They might be Giants. Catchy and you can tell you guys get Rock and roll! They know how to write a hook, And the Rythym section is excellent.
San Jose Mercury
San Jose California
Lord of the rock!
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Review of Breakthrough by ASTRAL KITCHEN wicked guitar line starts this monster!! heavy and real! r...Review of Breakthrough by ASTRAL KITCHEN
wicked guitar line starts this monster!! heavy and real! reminds me of acid rock in the 70's.. especially alice cooper but totally new and different.. this is a killer tune that people dont get to here much anymore.. awesome changes throughout the tune! not a tough song to play but sounds like a blast! i can see people diggin on this song! cool solo and bass line!!
Extra Credit: Originality, Most Rocking Track.
Los Angeles, California
April 4th, 2005
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Review of "Do or Die" by ASTRAL KITCHEN Really like this - the intro has a fantastic out-there temp...Review of "Do or Die" by ASTRAL KITCHEN
Really like this - the intro has a fantastic out-there tempo feel and the band and drummer bring it together really powerfully.
The main part of the song is very classic rock, very Deep Purple in the feel and tones you use. This sounds like a live performance to me with overdubs - there's a lot of energy going on here which really comes across. Singer can belt it out and there's plenty of soul in the voice - elements of Montrose in there too - very solid bass and guitar. The overlayed harmonies are great,
Excellent job - full marks for doing a real 70's style classic rock tune properly - sounds liek the sort of thing we do!
Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Drums.
Prince Risborough, Bucks, United Kingdom
April 2nd, 2006
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Review of "Sense of doubt" by ASTRAL KITCHEN I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG!!!! It is amazing! Can you...Review of "Sense of doubt" by ASTRAL KITCHEN
I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG!!!! It is amazing! Can you PLEASE tell me where I can hear more of your music and found our more about you? AMAZING JOB! GOOD LUCK!
Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Production, Lyrics, Melody, Beat, Mood, Originality, Most Rocking Track.
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
March 16th, 2001
Great track, very tight
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Review of "Do or Die" by ASTRAL KITCHEN Good intro building to the guitar riff when the song takes ...Review of "Do or Die" by ASTRAL KITCHEN
Good intro building to the guitar riff when the song takes off and doesn't seem to let off from there. The chorus is catchy and the vocals are strong and the works very well. The bass is excellently mixed. Performance is excellent. Lots of nice lead work in the bridge powerred by thumping drums. Arrangement is good as it's original not lending itself to and previous music cliches. The production is very good with every element of the song transparent and rockin.
Extra Credit: Male Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Production.
April 5th, 2006
The ASTRAL KITCHEN is an original band. We have a large catalog of original tunes that can be heard on our Four releases. We also have a large selection of tribute cover material. This makes it easy for us to fit in most venues that support the “Rock” genre. But if the show calls for tribute covers, we got it covered!
Typical “Club “ set list
1. Dirty Things – AK original
2. Somebody tell the truth (Band of heathens)
3. Second Chance (Shinedown)
4. Jenny Jenny (867-5309) Tommy two tone
5. Girl made sandwiches-AK original
6. Chill Out! –AK Original
7. Capitalism-AK original
8. Born on the Bayou (CCR)
9. Omega-AK original
1.Sense of doubt-AK original
2. Shaky ground
3. Honky Tonk Woman (Rolling Stones)
4. Long train running (Doobie Brothers)
5. Breakthrough-AK original
6. Pretender (Foo-Fighters)
7. Mary Jane (Tom Petty)
8. Hanging out on Earth-AK original
10. Jingo/ or Tush
1. Diabolic Design-AK original
2. Man in the box ( Alice in Chains)
3. Help you now-AK original
4. Pedestal- AK original
5. Creator-AK original
6. It’s a jungle (drum solo) Santana
7. Shadows -AK original
8. Twilight zone Golden Earring
9. Born to be wild Stepenwolf
1. Devil finds work-AK original
2. Roadhouse blues (Doors)
3. Tore down (Clapton)
4. Woman Sin AK original
5. Crossroads (Cream)
6. Just a little bit- AK original
7. Vigil Prayer-AK original
8. Gloria Doors version)
9. STAR AK original
Beer Drinkers and Hell raisers
Messing with the kid
Lie to me
Hard to handle
Free for all
Further on up the road
For what it’s worth
Born under a bad sign
Rock me Baby
Let it Rock
Giving it all away-AK original
Do or Die-AK original
I get lost-AK original
Where are your kids-AK original-
Someone’s in control-AK original
Sets are typically 45 minutes-one hour for club style dates (4hrs), and two hours for showcase style gigs.
Let us know what YOU need, and we will customize a show just for your event.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.