DJ Lori Barbero

Lori Barbero is known as the drummer and co-founder of the iconic all-female ‘90s band, Babes in Toyland – one of the greatest all-female rock bands of all time. Barbero formed the Minneapolis trio with lead singer/guitarist Kat Bjelland in 1987. Even though Barbero was not a drummer at the time she met Bjelland, Kat convinced her to start a band with her. The rest, as they say, is music history. Babes played together for 14 years (Courtney Love and Jennifer Finch were members briefly). They put out a single for Sub Pop‘s singles club, released three albums, and traveled the world before disbanding in 2001.

Barbero subsequently played drums for the bands Eggtwist and Koalas. She was also part owner of the now defunct Minneapolis label Spanish Fly Records, whose roster included Smut, Dumpster Juice, Milk, REO Speedealer, Sleep Capsule, and Likehell. In 2006, Lori was awarded with an Artist of Distinction award by Sound Unseen for her continuous contribution to the Minneapolis Rock and Roll scene. Barbero relocated to Austin in 2008 and, while she isn’t actively seeking a music career or reliving her glory days, she’s still got her hand in music, working each year for SXSW. [Tom Tom Mag]

Past Shows


Aug
1
st
2023
First Avenue
Aug
1
st
2023
First Avenue

Legalized It

A celebration of the legalization of cannabis in Minnesota
with Ilhan Omar and the Music Rockers aka Marijuana DeathsquadsNew PrimitivesMaria IsaJoJo Green + DJs: EspadaLori BarberoCristian BacaVerb XKeezy • and more
Mar
21
st
2020
7th St Entry
Mar
21
st
2020
7th St Entry
Cancelled

The Entry's 40th Anniversary Party

with Eleganza!, The Mighty Mofos, Greg Grease and more!
Dec
28
th
2018
Mainroom
Dec
28
th
2018
Mainroom

Soul Asylum

with The 4onthefloor, Loki's Folly and DJ Lori Barbero

More Shows

May
3
rd
Turf Club

HELL YEAH! A Rock & Roll Dance Party ft. DJ Mary Lucia

with DJ ESP Woody McBride and DJ Johnnie Johnson
Apr
27
th
Fine Line

12 Rods

with Launder
Apr
23
rd
Fine Line

Rich Amiri

with jaydes
May
20
th
Turf Club

Havok

with Exmortus