Zen Mustache, a dynamic seven-piece from Boulder/Denver, features a soulful sound that blends decades of rock influences to deliver a high-energy vibe with emotive vocals and accessible jams.
Inspired by artists ranging from The Allman Brothers to Martin Sexton to Pearl Jam, Zen Mustache fuses elements from many genres. Their unique sound, best described as Mountain Rock, is anchored by powerful vocal harmonies and classic rock instrumentation, highlighted with accents of mandolin and melodica.
With its extreme blend of vocal talents, musicianship, songwriting, and improvisation, Zen Mustache is a singular force in the modern music scene. Dancing shoes required!
Kyle – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Emily – Vocals
Justin – Percussion, Vocals
Johnny – Keyboard, Vocals, Melodica
Geoff – Guitar, Vocals
Ted – Guitar, Mandolin
Phil – Bass, Vocals
Bret Wolgemuth, Production Manager, Highsteppin’ Productions Tour Manager, Bonerama
“If Govt’ Mule and Phish had a love child, it would be named Zen Mustache and you’d like it.” – Bret Wolgemuth
“Soulful vocals, precision riffs and intelligent composition collide with jazz-tinged blues-based rock and roll to create a natural, funky sound. Zen Mustache has the chemistry of a band that’s been playing together for 10+ years. I’m scared to think of how tight the band will be when they really have been together for 10 years…upon seeing these guys for the first time, I felt like I was seeing Phish in 1988. The potential is through the roof with Zen Mustache…Similar to the facial ornament, Zen Mustache is comfortably encompassing. Expect big things from this sextet!” – Bret Wolgemuth
The Daily Camera, Boulder – Zen Mustache @ The Dark Horse Preview
“First of all, the name of this band is Zen Mustache, which earns them considerable cool points right out of the gate. However, even without references to Buddhist facial hair, this group would be worth mentioning. There are [sic] composed of a troupe of talented, eclectic musicians from Colorado, and their sound traverses jazz, rock, blues, and funk with easy sophistication. Don’t miss their free show at the Dark Horse…” – The Daily Camera, “Inside Track-weekend entertainment wisdom” 3/5/10
Peter Gibbons, Native Colorado Photography – Zen Mustache @ The Open Tap review
“Zen Mustache! It’s just fun to say. While they’ve written original songs, their covers of famous songs like ‘Up on Cripple Creek’ (The Band) are incredibly well done. The classics are the ones that have to be done right, and these guys nail them on every occasion. This group consists of talented musicians who make each song their own. Local to Colorado, these guys bring the best of the rock scene to local venues.
Lead singer Kyle Mason, artist and natural performer, brings a classic sound to the stage that can cover anything from ‘Come Together’ to ‘Into the Mystic.’ Laid back drummer and studio man Justin Mirarck provides the beat for the band’s solid groove, with musical influences ranging from jazz to heavy metal. BJ Callahan works the bass and sax. As a professional musician, he’s both a performer and a teacher. Within months of joining the band, he also brought a host of original songs to the table. Keyboardist and writer Johnny Drozdek lends extreme versatility and dimension to the band’s sound. His hard-hitting lyrics on the original song, ‘Best I Can,’ can only help pave the path for ZM’s inevitable success. When you see Ted Martens on the stage playing the guitar, mandolin, trumpet, or bass, his skill and personality reach out and pull you onto the stage with the band. As a songwriter, guitarist, and singer, Geoff Madding has a lot of creativity to channel, which drives ZM’s unique, yet vintage sound.
If you’re looking for a band with great character, great chemistry, and who love what they do, you won’t want to miss Zen Mustache! The connection between the audience and the band is unmistakable, marked by talented musicianship and personal lyrics. This group can get up on stage, rock the house, and have a great time. They’re the type of guys that you could hang out with at the end of the night and catch at the next concert to do it all again.” – Peter Gibbons, 1/22/10