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 Bayoutopia, the act's excellent debut, previously released on Barber's Pop Sweatshop imprint. Digital-Nations will also distribute Toxikinesis, the much anticipated follow-up to Bayoutopia, which is still being recorded at Church of Rock.

Promotion in motion: DJ Trajikk, on behalf of Triad Dragons Entertainment, the folks behind such wildly popular dance events such as Caffiene, Frostbite and Candybeats, has put out a call to all fellow Denver area dance promoters to meet at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, at Beta. The meeting, he stresses, is open strictly to promoters.

Beep if you're a bassist: The Legendary Beep Beeps, a promising outfit led by Frankie Abbatecola, is in the hunt for a new bassist. The band, which has a new album in the works that it's been recording at Rocky Mountain Recorders, urges interested four stringers reach out to the band directly.

Most Wanted, still wanted:  Police have evidently determined the identity of Gorilla, the 25-year-old Denver-based rapper they've been seeking since last week. His name, according to DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson, is Daniel Montoya and he is reportedly armed and dangerous and still at large.

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