Chris Barber

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    April 27, 2011

    Spiv back in action with a new "monster" of a drummer taking a seat behind the kit

    ​Look who's back among the living. No, not Elvis, silly. Good guess, though. While Chris Barber (er, Jonny Barber, sorry) has indeed been keeping the spirit of the king alive for years as the Velvet Elvis, it's Spiv, another of his popular, longtime endeavors that has been resurrected.

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    December 29, 2009

    More picks from Moovers and Shakers 2009

    ​In this week's issue, as we do every year around this time, we published our annual Moovers and Shakers list and talked about how much the scene is thriving. In a testament to just how much the scene is thriving these days, we didn't have room to print all the write-ups of our favorite local ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Hearsay bits: Mama signs distribution deal with Steve Vai's Digital Nations imprint and more

    ​Mama mia!: Mama, the outfit led by frontman Jeff Leonetti and Jonny Barber (aka Chris Barber, frontman of Spiv and the Velvet Elvis), has signed a distribution deal with Steve Vai's Digital Nations imprint. The label, an offshoot of Vai's Favored Nations, will handle worldwide distribution of Bay ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    Freeloader: Brand new tracks from Mama

    ​Although Mama has still (frustratingly) yet to play live with the lineup that recorded the excellent Bayoutopia, the ferocious hard rock act fronted by the inimitable Jeff Leonetti (aka Leonomadic), is reportedly hard at work on a new album. The record, Toxikinesis, takes its name from the superh ... More >>

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    July 30, 2009

    Today's Featured Event: Escape to summertime indoors with the Velvet Elvis

    Velvet Elvis shakes his pelvis at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret.​At one point in his life, Elvis Presley wanted nothing more than to be taken seriously as an actor. And although that never happened for the King, he did create his own genre of film -- although the genre died when he did; you can' ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    Today's Night & Day featured event: Newsflash -- Elvis is alive and kickin' at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret

    Okay, it's not the actual born-in-1935, died-in-1977 king-of-rock-and-roll Elvis Presley. Instead, it's the next best thing: Velvet Elvis, aka Chris Barber. And at 8 p.m. every Wednesday night in February, he's lived at Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret, 1601 Arapahoe Street, where he shakes his pelvis du ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Burnin' Love

    Newsflash: Elvis is alive and kickin'!

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    January 29, 2009

    Flier of the week: Minor Authority at the Gothic

    Considering the frequent hosannas tossed in the direction of old-school, hand-drawn fliers, it should come as no surprise that the flier this week that flipped our wigs was one that we stumbled across from Minor Authority touting a gig at the Gothic this past August. The primitive lettering and penc ... More >>

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    January 29, 2009

    Mama's debut set to drop in March

    Photo: Don Cudney Still don't know if Mama will ever perform live, but we've finally gotten a release date for its recorded debut. Bayoutopia, the album containing the songs that we've been raving about endlessly since last November when we first heard the demos, is slated for release on Tuesday, Ma ... More >>

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    January 14, 2009

    More Class of 2009 picks

    In the print edition of this week's paper, I saluted the Class of 2009, artists that I think are worth keeping an eye on in the coming year. After the jump, as promised, here's a few more picks. This list has become something of an annual tradition around here. So if you missed it, here were the act ... More >>

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    December 18, 2008
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    November 14, 2008

    MP3 Freeloader: Mama

    Today is Chris Barber's birthday, and to celebrate, he'll be in full-on Velvet Elvis form tonight at the Skylark. Should be a doozy. The Spiv frontman hasn't channeled The King in a while -- tearing his achilles tendon this past January slowed him down a bit. Anyhow, he's back and to commemorate the ... More >>

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    May 17, 2007

    Hot Fun in the Summertime

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