So long, Slim.

A Denver favorite gets ready for a long-distance commute.

"Because I was here booking national acts for nipp, we would just book bands in [the Lair] and let it ride," he says. "Fliers didn't really get made or hung, and there were no press releases sent out. It was kind of an afterthought."

And from now on, while at the Lair, you are encouraged to tip your bartender, but don't ask her to book your band. "We decided it would just make more sense for us to have the [club schedule] at the nipp office so that when people call up, they're dealing with one person," he says. "The way it's been, people called up and said, 'Oh, do you have this date open?' and the bartender would hold it for them, but we never knew about it. It will be much more organized this way."

"The Lion's Lair holds such tradition in Denver," Ore adds. "They've done a lot renovating, put new sound in, ripped out those crappy booths. We're trying to make it the kick-ass local club that it totally can be."

Local musicians who've ever gone through the process of recording and pressing their own independent CD know how trying -- not to mention expensive -- it can be. Many overlook the fact that each disc must carry the all-important bar code, which enables sales to be tracked and charted and is required by many national distributors and retailers operating on a non-consignment basis. Bar codes, sold only in blocks through the Universal Code Council, can cost even the most indie of indie bands around five bills (that's hundreds, not singles) -- an expense that's often too hefty after other elements of production have been bought and paid for. The people at the Colorado Music Association (COMA) have found one way to remedy the situation, at least for those who claim membership in the volunteer-run community organization that works to promote the music scene in Denver and beyond. COMA has acquired a large block of thousands of bar codes and is offering them to members as part of a new and improved membership package. According to COMA vice president David Barber, local bands seem to think the deal is even harder to resist than buy-one-get-one-free hams at King Soopers. COMA's membership has gone up since the association announced the codes acquisition at its November meeting, with most of the new recruits citing the bar codes as their primary motivation for joining. You can learn what other fun stuff is happening with COMA at the next meeting, to be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, December 12, at the Soiled Dove. And don't forget to say hello to president Dolly Zander's dog, Cosmo.

Michael White hosts the fourth annual Bella Ball, a fundraiser for Santa's Toy Bag named after "a friend's dog," which begins at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, at Seventh South. Emmas, Pils for Sampson, Twilight Motel, Product 626, Bella Coyote and Sol Mission will provide entertainment for the evening, which White describes as a "society event where everyone should dress to the nines" to raise toy-buying money for children in crisis situations; $5 at the door gets you a night of good music, not to mention that warm fuzzy feeling.

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