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Chris LaFata / Bio

The Chris LaFata band plays hook-laden rock in the Denver metro area. Not afraid to take chances, their sound ranges from indie to alt-Country with a splash of 80’s hair metal for flavor.

Chris grew up playing music in Reading, PA. After college, he relocated to Arizona where he was inspired to start a band after seeing a performance by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. He formed Suspect Audio, and played most of Arizona’s mid-range music venues until losing a bandmate to cancer. Chris left Phoenix and spent the next 6 years playing in cover bands. After moving to Denver, Chris tried his hand at novel writing and spent 2 years writing, revising, polishing and revising again. He believes that writing books and writing music share the same process. The finished product needs to be interesting, honest and not suck.

If you were to try to pin down my Tony Stevens’ guitar style, he’d tell you it would be a cross between the English guys—especially Jeff Beck, Paul Kossof and Keith Richards—then the Americans: Roy Buchanan, Joe Perry, and Warren Haynes. The one thing all of these guys share stylistically is an attitude on the guitar—more gunslinger than anything. He used to think he needed to tone it down a bit but people seem to respond to his playing, and it’s pretty rare that he can't get people on their feet and moving.
Most of guys he patterned himself after are the consummate sidemen: Don Felder, G.E. Smith, Johhny Marr, and Mike Campbell—guys that make their singers look good and that play for the song. He loves rock, country rock, blues, pop, funk, roots rock, and Americana. He’s a graduate of G.I.T in Hollywood and played in Los Angeles for 8 years with musicians such as Robbin Crosby, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagen, and many more.
Tony has a large collection of guitars, amps and effects and can pretty much provide any sound needed from chimey, to mean and nasty.... He’s a natural harmony singer and the timbre of his voice really fills out the vocal blend.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matt Martin didn't really get started in the band scene until he realized he was too light in the backside to play offensive line in the NFL. He moved to CO in the mid 90s and took on guitar duties for some local garage bands. From there he picked up bass and started hitting the Denver cover and original scene with bands like the Duke Street Kings and Replay.
Matt brings a straight-ahead, driving style on the bass along with a big presence. At 6'6" and some change, he's the tallest gigging bassist (or guitarist) in Denver...until someone proves otherwise!

Swede Grooms started his rock n roll journey back in 1980, in Southern California in the band, High Risk. He’s always played original music, and loves all that it brings to his life. He’s played with High Risk, Midnight Raid, Quick N Dirty, Maya, and Face First. After taking some time, Swede reentered the music scene after meeting Danny Masters. His influences are Chad Smith, Gregg Bisonette, Tommy Lee, Buddy Rich, and Richard Daniels. Swede is a regionally signed artist with Sabian Cymbals and has a few kits. The next time you see us, say hello because he loves meeting people.

General Info

Band Members
Chris LaFata, Tony Stevens, Swede Grooms, Matt Martin
Artist Name
Chris LaFata
Profile Page
Rock / Singer Songwriter / Alternative

Contact Info

Littleton, CO
Chris LaFata

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