Interview with Dave Mensch

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Dave Mensch

Mensch, a Yiddish word, (מענטש) means “a person of integrity.” A mensch is someone who is responsible, has a sense of right and wrong and is the sort of person other people admire. In English, the word has come to mean “a good guy.”

About Dave Mensch

Dave Mensch is a singer/songwriter from Durango CO who has opened for Charlie Daniels, Tanya Tucker, Kansas and more. His latest album Steel was released in April 2018 and features performers from Tantric, Florida Georgia Line, and Saving Abel.

He tours often and plays at Shooters & Shenanigans in Pagosa Springs when passing though.  If you get the chance, see him when he’s in town!  You can Dave Mensch’s event schedule here.

Aside from writing original music, Dave Mensch performs cover songs by popular rock artists.  Dave plays songs people like to sing, including rock, country, and pop.  He is truly an entertainer.


Dave Mensch Albums


Worlds We Call Home

Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Down The Beaten Road

Pagosa Now Interview With Dave Mensch

Where do you find your influences from when writing your music?

Most of my inspiration comes from personal experiences or come from conversations I have with friends family and fans. Something will just spark an idea and I jot it down for later use when I’m having one of my writing days. Sometimes I’ll grab a guitar right then or be in the middle of a live show and do an improv song. I’m definitely stirred by anything creative.

You travel a lot. What are some of your fondest memories? Where would you recommend people to visit at least once that you’ve been?

I definitely travel a lot, and not just for music, I’m in to photography and video as well. So while touring I try to make time to visit some cool spots in each city. Most of the spots I like are places with street art (Graffiti), or amazing hiking spots. A few of my favorite cities these days are Seattle, WA Venice Beach, CA and Deep Ellum, TX. All of which have some grit. Both filled with graffiti, art, music, all walks of life, different classes of society, tattoo parlors, unique coffee shops… so basically a wide variety of personality and creativity smashed together to stir the senses. Silverton, CO has some of my favorite hiking spots. That’s the place i go to getaway from it all. Spend some time recharging with some of the best views of nature around.

What do you remember most about your very first show? Where was it?

One of my first shows was opening for Kansas and 38 Special at Echo Basin near Mancos way back when. Probably one of the coolest things besides opening up for those two classic bands was a lady running up with only one shoe on to meet the band and get autographs. Another was my very first CD Release show in 2005. I rented out the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, and most everyone said I was crazy for doing something so big for my first CD. I was nervous, felt I was really going out on a limb, but when it comes to following dreams and passion, nothing seems too crazy of an idea to me.

What are you listening to right now?

I almost always have something Bob Schneider playing. He is probably one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time. Recently though, a friend said to check out Ben Caplan so I have been slowly sifting through his stuff lately. But I listen to a wide variety of music. Country, Rock, Metal, and even some Rap.

In 2016 you won Broadway World Best Awards Denver for Best Actor of a Musical. What was that like? Is there more acting in your future?

That was an amazing experience. I played the role of Roger in Rent in 2015. Amazing character to have a chance to put my spin on. I hadn’t done any acting since I was a teenager but a friend said I should really jump back in. It truly had a profound impact on my life. The cast, crew, director, choreographer, everyone involved dug deep to make that show at The Durango Arts Center world class in my eyes. I have done one other play since then, Rock of Ages, in 2017. Not sure I’ll do another as of now, my music career seems to have most of my focus.

What are your future tour and music plans?

Future tour plans… right now I’m playing 18 plus shows a month and I consider myself always on tour. I just love to travel, meet new people and play. As far as goals for my touring, new cities in new states is the idea! Always Expending! Right now I play Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico but I’d like to be playing in a wider area for sure.

If you could play anywhere with anyone who would it be and what would you play?

I’d love to play some music with Bob Schneider. Probably in an old hole in the wall bar in Austin, Texas.

Dave Mensch

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