ATTENTION ZIGGIES BANDS & FANS
ALL THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY night shows at Ziggies have a showtime of 8PM !!! 


As always, THANK YOU for your input. And hey, all you fans who said you'll certainly come to shows if they start at 8pm... well belly up baby! We're counting on you to make this work! 
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Join us for the 6th Annual Ziggies Poetry Fest
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
​July 29, 30, 31 
Full Festival Ticket: $65

POY Contest Any Subject/Any Form 40 line limit $5 per entry 
Please enter up to three poems. 

Mail entries to Ziggies POY 4923 W 38th Ave Denver, CO 80212 
Hand deliver or Email entries to poetry@ziggieslivemusic.com
Include your name and contact info on your entry.
Any identifying info will be removed before judging. 
Entries must be received by 8 pm July 27th 
Must be present at Saturday Performance to read your poems.

Friday July 29th:
3:00 PM Seth: Performance Workshop $5 
5:00 PM Open Mic $5 6:30 PM
Performance with Eleanor Swanson, Jerry Smaldone, Lynda La Rocca, Valerie Szarek,
and Phil Woods! $10
Live Music $7 With The Blue 88's

Saturday July 30th: 10:30 AM Debbi Brody: Odd Wo/man out $5
12:30 PM Rachel Kellum: Ekphrastic Workshop $5
2:30 PM Jackie St. Joan: Workshop $5
5:00 PM Open Mic $5
6:30 PM Performance with Jackie St. Joan, Barbara Ford, Carter Hirty, Rachel Kellum, Debbi Brody, and the 2016 Ziggies Poet of the Year! $10

Saturday Salad Included with Full Festival Ticket 
Saturday Salads Available for Purchase  $10
Tofu Beef Chicken Please tell Julie your choice by Friday, July 29th

Live Music $7 With The Encounters

SUNDAY JULY 31ST: $15  Continental Breakfast Reading with Judyth Hill 

Various food and beverages will be available for purchase from Ziggies throughout the festival.
 

The official Mile High Blues Society Sunday night Blues Jam takes place Sunday's at 7pm at Ziggies in Denver.
The MHBS Sunday Blues Jam is hosted on alternate weeks by Doc Brown's Blues Band and John Weeks Blues Band
Ziggies provides the full backline. Doors 6pm. Music starts 7pm
 

 


THURSDAY - JULY 28

POLLY  O'KEARY
AND THE RHYTHM METHOD
MHBS MEMBER DISCOUNT
ZIGGIES
Thursday, July 28
Doors 6pm. Showtime 8pm
$8 per person / MHBS $6 per person

Top Seattle blues artist Polly O’Keary comes to Ziggies in Denver!

Mile High Blues Society Member Discount
 
A century ago, blues was born in the fields of the South, played on porches and in little backwoods bars by kerosene lamp. The times have changed, and it’s a rare blues musician who grew up picking cotton and going home to learn to play by the light of a kerosene lamp.
 
Polly O’Keary certainly didn’t. Well, that is, she didn’t pick cotton. She picked apples. But she learned to read music by kerosene lamp, in a log cabin in a remote part of Washington State. She started playing in ex-pat bars in Mexico at 16, and for rural farm workers in Eastern Washington watering holes at the age of 17. She dropped out of school with an 8th grade education, married a prison-bound man at the age of 18 and by the time she was 21 had logged more stage hours than most musicians twice her age. She’d drunk as much as a fair number of them as well.
 
At 28, upon seeing Jeff Healey at a friend’s bar in Canada, she became obsessed with blues, studying and practicing the genre until carpel tunnel syndrome temporarily rendered her hands nearly immobile, and she quickly came to the attention of the Pacific Northwest blues scene with her powerful and emotional voice and her frenetic stage presence.
 
Today, she’s a PhD student, a world-traveled bassist, one of Washington State’s most highly-awarded female blues singers and songwriters, doesn’t drink at all, and no longer visits lovers in prisons. But her music reflects the life of a modern blues woman; she’s seen the river rise and take everything more than once, and lived to laugh, sing, and write music about it.
 
Polly O’Keary is today’s blues woman, whose music reflects her life; rooted in tradition, but informed by the 21st Century. Pulling in influences from zydeco, country, funk, jazz, rockabilly, surf and rock and roll, she and her trio, Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method, bring a searing and joyful performance of today’s blues to audiences across the U.S. and Canada. The trio includes long time collaborator and fiancée Tommy Cook on drums and the Texas-raised phenomenon David Miller on guitar, who became a legendary figure over 20 years on the central coast of California before moving to Seattle and joining the band.
 
Critics loved Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method’s 2014 album Compass, saying: “This is a very fine example of the modern West Coast blues, with Polly’s voice strong and soulful,” (Blues in the Northwest.com); “gets my highest recommendation,” (Blue Monday Monthly); “Ms O’Keary and the fabulous band at their peak,” (The Rocker, UK); “O’Keary and company have delivered a really rousing set here” (Pop Culture Classics), and; “Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method’s “Compass” will definitely lead blues and blues-rock fans in the right direction!” (Blues Blast Magazine). “Pure talent,” said the Mississippi Blues Club. “Powerful,” said B’Man’s Blues Report. “A hard core fave of Washington State blues fans, O'Keary is loaded with primal force even when she's taking it easy,” said the Midwest Record. “Not anything near your stereotypical chick bass player, she's a leader all the way, not the window dressing. Hot stuff.”
 

IT'S  ZIGGIES  ANNUAL
POETRY  FESTIVAL  WEEK
FRIDAY - JULY 29   ~   SUNDAY - JULY 31
Join us for the 6th Annual Ziggies Poetry Fest
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
​July 29, 30, 31 
Full Festival Ticket: $65

POY Contest Any Subject/Any Form 40 line limit $5 per entry 
Please enter up to three poems. 

Mail entries to Ziggies POY 4923 W 38th Ave Denver, CO 80212 
Hand deliver or Email entries to poetry@ziggieslivemusic.com
Include your name and contact info on your entry.
Any identifying info will be removed before judging. 
Entries must be received by 8 pm July 27th 
Must be present at Saturday Performance to read your poems.

Friday July 29th:
3:00 PM Seth: Performance Workshop $5 
5:00 PM Open Mic $5 6:30 PM
Performance with Eleanor Swanson, Jerry Smaldone, Lynda La Rocca, Valerie Szarek,
and Phil Woods! $10
Live Music $7 With The Blue 88's

Saturday July 30th: 10:30 AM Debbi Brody: Odd Wo/man out $5
12:30 PM Rachel Kellum: Ekphrastic Workshop $5
2:30 PM Jackie St. Joan: Workshop $5
5:00 PM Open Mic $5
6:30 PM Performance with Jackie St. Joan, Barbara Ford, Carter Hirty, Rachel Kellum, Debbi Brody, and the 2016 Ziggies Poet of the Year! $10

Saturday Salad Included with Full Festival Ticket 
Saturday Salads Available for Purchase  $10
Tofu Beef Chicken Please tell Julie your choice by Friday, July 29th

Live Music $7 With The Encounters

SUNDAY JULY 31ST: $15  Continental Breakfast Reading with Judyth Hill 

Various food and beverages will be available for purchase from Ziggies throughout the festival.
 
Friday night music - provided by:
Friday - July 29
THE  BLUE  88'S
Immediately following the Poetry Event
+/- 8:30pm

Over 21 - $7 per person
 

SATURDAY - JULY 30THE  ENCOUNTERS

Over 21
$7 per person at the door.
Showtime is immediately following the Poetry Event 
+/- 8:30pm
 


 


 


THE  MILE  HIGH  BLUES  SOCIETY
INTERNATIONAL  BLUES  CHALLENGE


Mile High Blues Society will follow the Blues Foundation rules as closely as possible. 

The Finals will be held Sunday, August 7
at Ziggies - 
Doors noon
Performance Order Drawing 1pm
First act 2pm

The Final Round sets will be 20 minutes
With additional 5 minute set-up and 5 minute tear-down allowed

The 2017 International Blues Challenge will be held in Memphis, Tennessee
February 1, 2, 3, 4, 2017

MEMBERS OF MHBS GET TO VOTE!
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP 
HERE

Entry fee is $10 per person - this entry fee helps support the acts going to represent MHBS in Memphis in 2017!

This is an all ages event - Children under 10 get in FREE.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING ACTS WHO WILL ADVANCE TO THE FINALS!!!

The Finalists Are:

Solo / Duo:
 
Mark “Doc” Brown (Solo)
Mark “Doc” Brown, a Denver native, has been playing the blues live nearly 50 years, starting with his brothers in The Brown Brothers Blues Band in junior high, high school and college. He was inspired by the work of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mike Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan, and The Animals, which led to discovering the classic music of the Chicago, Delta, and Texas blues greats (Lightening Hopkins was an early favorite).  Doc learn slide guitar early on, inspired by the likes of Johnny Winter and Mick Taylor, and loves modern slide players such as Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks.  He played with regional blues bands in Connecticut, Utah, New Mexico, before returning to the Denver area in 1989.  Since then he has played with Otis T. and the Hammers, Sundanze, Ace Butler and the Aces, and sub gigs with many bands, before founding Doc Brown’s Blues Band in 2003.  DBBB has hosted the Sunday Night Blues Jam at Denver’s Ziggies Blues Club since 2004.  Doc has played solo throughout his musical adventures.  He says, he enjoys playing solo because if you feel like following a particular musical tangent, you just do it – there’s no band to cue!
 


Clay Jarvis (Solo)

Clay Jarvis, a singer, song-writer, composer and performer, playing original rhythm & blues, now enters the International Blues Competition for 2017.
Clay recently relocated to the Denver, Colorado area from Texas and is a new member of the Mile High Blues Society. He plans to play several of his new songs including a few from his 2013 CD titled “Then & Now”.
His first solo album was released in 1979, and his second project was recorded in 1983.
Clay has been entertaining for over 30 years. Most recently Clay has performed as a solo artist or with his band and others in the south Texas area. He is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with new musicians in Colorado and hopes to record another CD soon.
“Music should tell a story and get to you the point quick, that’s the way I like to write songs,” stated Clay, when asked about his new song, “Stay in Your Lane.” “I’m looking forward to playing it this year in the competition.”
Clay was a competitor in the 2015 West Texas Talent Search and was the winner of the 2010 King of the Blues Contest in San Antonio, Texas. Clay is also a BMI member.




Scott SHACK Hackler (Solo)
Scott "Shack" Hackler was born in Bloomington, Indiana. He began singing at an early age and played various musical instruments before settling into a lifelong love affair with the piano. He began composing music in his teens, and has worked in music his entire adult life as a musician, composer, arranger, music director, and music educator. He has composed music in a wide variety of styles, with pieces ranging from solo piano and chamber music to gospel choir numbers. He has toured the United States extensively as a solo artist and as an accompanist. He has also worked as a studio musician, doing session work on albums for numerous artists.
In 2010, Scott graduated with High Distinction from Concordia University Saint Paul with a BA in Music Composition.
Since moving to Colorado in 2012, Scott has shifted his musical focus to the blues and loves being a part of the local blues community.
 


Alex Maryol (Solo)
The son of Greek-American restaurateurs, Alex Maryol grew up in Santa Fe New Mexico and was raised on the music of Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. He began songwriting during his teenage years while performing at smoky bars and coffee shops in downtown Santa Fe. While primarily influenced by blues greats such as Lightning Hopkins and Buddy Guy, Alex maintained a love for all musical genres from classical to grunge.
In his early twenties Alex gained notoriety by performing at festival favorites such as the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and the King Biscuit Blues Festival.
He is currently recording a new album in Leadville and performing live around the Denver area.  Throughout the summer of 2016 he will also be performing around the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. 



BANDS


Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs
Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs is the kind of band Colorado Blues Fans deserve to have represent them in Memphis. Everyone in this band is a seasoned professional at the height of their game. Put all these great players together and you have the kind of original Blues Music that fans have been waiting for! Deborah Stafford's soulful vocals are at the center of our sound, but there is so much more to love. Kick-ass keyboards by Bob Schlesinger, smooth guitar solos by "Doc" Daugherty and tasty sax licks by the newest member of the band, Alayna Simmons. Bob Tiger keeps the bass beat in time with Bruce Crisman our intrepid drummer. Let us bring you to the crossroads and we'll dare the devil to dance!



Deep Pocket Thieves
The vision for Deep Pocket Thieves (DPT) started in 2015 among friends from the local blues and music scene in Colorado.  Members of DPT came together as individuals to discuss creative ideas for new original music while playing and performing in several other local projects.  Each member brought a unique but complimentary creative piece to complete a picture that would eventually be the Deep Pocket Thieves.  After some improvisational sessions and some collaborative writing sessions,  new original music and a new original band was formed.

The Deep Pocket Thieves is a collaboration of friends that are veteran musicians in Colorado.  The band offers new music that blends the rootsy and emotive styles of the blues, jazz, funk, rock and roll,  and gospel music.  The music of DPT is a sonic synthesis of the unique personalities and backgrounds of each member.  The Deep Pocket Thieves are,  Larea Edwards.....Vocals.  Jim DeSchamp.....Guitar and Vocals.  Glenn Tapia.....Bass.  Tim Molinaro.....Drums.  Jimmy Ayers.....Keyboards and Vocals.


 
The Movers and Shakers

The Movers and Shakers are a high energy blues based R&B band.
The group’s tight chemistry is born out of family and long time friends, collaborating creatively. Long time Denver blues drummer, Kyle Borthick, started the band with his son, Ryan Borthick (guitar and vocals), and Ryan’s long time friends, Andy Webber, (lead vocals) and Dane Vernon (Bass and vocals). A timely phone call from Kyle’s old friend and band mate, Eddie Silk (saxophone and keyboards and vocals) resulted in the addition of horns being added with Eddie’s buddy Scott Sessions (trumpet and vocals).
The Movers and Shakers have been lighting up venues and dance floors up and down Colorado’s Front Range since early 2015.


Papa Juke
Papa Juke is blues with a difference, blues with a heritage, blues with an attitude. Their intoxicating and infectious original sound is courageously creative and enticingly danceable. Their heartfelt live performances are both hauntingly memorable and contagiously fun loving.  Papa Juke is made up of Christine Webb on bass and vocals, Dr. Jim Seely on guitar and vocals, Mad Dog Friedman on harmonica and vocals and Danny Alibi on drums, washboard, percussion and vocals.
 
 





Doc Brown's Blues Band hosting - July  31


July 10 & 24 - John Weeks Trio


The Sunday night blues jam
Doors 6pm. Music starts 7pm
Sponsored in part by the Mile High Blues Society
Come out and boogie!

 

Upcoming shows to get on your calendar!


WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 17 - ANDY T. AND NICK NIXON

David M Miller - Miller & The Other Sinners - August 19. These guys are crazy good. Soul, funk, and blues. If you missed them this past weekend you'll have chances to see them back at Ziggies. Crazy amount of awards these guys have. Including the sax player from Buddy Guy's band for several years being in the band. 

Cerissa Mc Queen and her band 332 - will be at Ziggies Saturday August 27. San Diego Prestige Awards - nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her bass player is Kevin Cooper - Grammy Winner among other awards. Gospel, blues, soul. 

Brian Keith Wallen, the 2015 IBC 2nd place Solo / Duo winner, is coming back on Thursday, September 15 with the Thumb-Picking Champion, Dean Phelps. 

Joe Moss and his blues band from Chicago will be at Ziggies on Friday, September 23rd. Joe is a 2013 Inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame. 
"Joe is one of our favorite performers at Buddy Guy's Legends" (Buddy's world famous club) "He is Energetic, A Strong Guitarist And Always A Crowd Pleaser."
-B
uddy Guy

Southern Avenue Blues Band - Monday, November 14th - 7pm showtime. MHBS Member Discount

Gina Sicilia - Friday, November 18th - 8pm showtime. MHBS Member Discount

 

And I'm working on many, many other shows! Support live music. Without YOUR support I can't keep getting these acts to travel to Colorado. I can't do it all alone! Please and thank you!



 




COME OUT AN BOOGIE!
MHBS Sunday Blues Jam
with Alternating Hosts
Doc Brown's Blues Band 
and
John Weeks Blues Band

Doc Brown's Blues Band
Hosting: July 17 & 31

John Weeks BandHosting: July 24
 




OPEN  JAMS  FEATURE  A  FULL BACK LINE
including Jezebel, our upgright grand piano
Come meet Jezebel ~ a circa 1900 Upgrght Cabinet Grand Adam Schaaf Antique Piano
NOW at Ziggies!
Live music 7 nights a week, featuring open jams, Sunday through Wednesday, with Headliner Bands every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday



 
Acoustic Monday @ 8pm
Hosted by:  Brian  Parton or Terry Gulley (alternating weeks)
 

Tuesday Groovesday ~ Sit in with Featured Musician @ 8pm
alternates between Matty Graziano and Alex Trujillo

Alex Trujillo

 
  Matty Graziano

 


 
Wednesday Jam
Scott (SHACK) Hackler
 
Scott Hackler - SHACK

Starts at 8:30pm
 or immediately following
Performance Poetry 2nd & 4th Wednesday


 
Performance Poetry ~ 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
With Featured Poets
followed by open readings
6:30pm ~ 8:00pm

 
 


All Friday and Saturday night shows start at 
8:00pm and go until at least midnight.


 
Westword-2016

We did it again! The Westword, Best of Denver, 2016 - Best Blues Bar. Ziggies has been a frequent Best of Denver winner, and for good reason. Even when some upstart new spot comes along to try to snatch the award away, we always come back to the unassuming Ziggies. Why? Well, for starters, live music seven nights a week from local and national blues acts on a solid system (and no cover on weekdays) — including the long-running Sunday-night blues jam. Also, inexpensive drinks (craft beers and well-made mojitos among them). An odd and unpretentious selection of snacks that are trashy in theory but delicacies in the middle of a shot-and-a-beer kind of night (think Red Baron frozen pizza and Marie Callender's chicken pot pie). Periodic poetry jams (and a house poet) that keep the Beat vibe alive. Open pool tables between music sets. The most important reason, though, is that everyone is welcome here. And we do mean everyone.

Westword, Best of Denver 2016, March 31-April 6, 2016, Volume 39, Number 32, page 157.

 
 
 
  
4923 West 38th Avenue ~ Denver ~ 80212
tele. 303.455.9930
Just east of Sheridan, between Yates & Xavier, on 38th Avenue in Northwest Denver

Buy Ziggies Merchandise here:
WWW.ZIGGIESLIVEMUSIC.COM/STORE


We did it again!
Westword, Best of Denver 2015
Best Blues Club - Ziggies

Westword - Best of Denver 2015

Best Blues Club Denver 2015 - Ziggies
Ziggies celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2014, and while it's hailed as Denver's oldest blues bar, it's been updated over the years, giving the place a modern feel while preserving its heritage. One thing hasn't changed, though: The walls of Ziggies still bleed blue. There's music most nights of the week, with performances by the best local blues acts (and some touring bands) Thursdays through Saturdays, while the rest of week is dedicated to jam sessions, including the long-running blues jams on Sundays and Groovesday Jam on Tuesdays.
http://www.westword.com/best-of/2015/arts-and-entertainment/best-blues-club-6612069

Ziggies has confirmed dates with the following Memphis IBC performers and national touring acts:
Brian Keith Wallen - IBC Solo / Duo Winner - Second Place - from Cambridge, Indiana
KALO from Oklahoma City, OK
Michael Lee from Fort Worth / Dallas, TX
Brian James & The Revival from Nashville, TN 
Miller & The Other Sinners from Buffalo, NY
Delores Scott from Chicago, IL
Cerissa McQueen & 332 from San Diego, CA
Tony Holiday Trio from Salt Lake City, UT
Toney Rocks from Hampton, VA
24th Street Wailers
Zach Pohl from Austin, TX
Polly O'Keary & Rhythm Method from Seattle, WA
Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal from Lincoln, NE
Hogan & Moss from Marfa, TX

Make Ziggies your favorite stop for local, regional, and national touring bands!
The only club in Colorado featuring live music 7 nights a week!




Ziggies accepts these credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.
We also have a low service fee ATM on site for customer convenience.
And we are a FREE Wi-Fi hotspot (Ask your bartender for the pass code)

              



Ziggies is Proudly Licensed and Member of:

     

LEGAL  NOTICE:  Ziggies is proudly licensed and a member of ASCAP and BMI.
Ziggies does NOT have a license agreement with SESAC - if you are a musician you are strictly prohibited from performing any SESAC licensed songs / music at Ziggies. Performing musicians need to know, prior to performance, the performing rights organization holding the copyright license to copyrighted songs / music / material you intend to perform.  Ziggies does not authorize, condone, or support performances, at Ziggies, of ANY material in the SESAC repertoire.  

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Welcome  to  Ziggies
Going into our 51st year celebration of our liquor license

The award winning Oldest Blues Bar in Colorado
Established in 1964
Featuring Live Music 7 Nights A Week



We are located in the heart of Northwest Denver
just minutes from downtown, I-70, and I-25
close to two RTD bus routes (38 & 51)
OPEN 7 days a week at 6pm 
on some Sunday's we open at 1:30pm for our
ALL AGES BBQ and live music events from 2-6pm.
See our calendar for details. 
Free street parking is available on all the
side streets & 38th Avenue surrounding Ziggies.
You are also welcome to park on the SouthEast corner of 38th & Sheridan at the former "Tommy's Marine" parking lot - that's about two blocks west of Ziggies.

No cover charge Sunday (except for the BBQ's) through Wednesday
With the cover set by band ~ Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday BBQ

Ziggies features local, national and even some international touring acts ~ playing more than blues.
We're all about the live music!
Each and every night of the week Ziggies features honest to goodness real live music on a real stage with a real sound system, fantastic musicians and a friendly staff, most of which who are musicians too!

Indeed it's true ~ there are NO televisions in Ziggies!
We have ZIN !!!
ZIN is our Ziggies Information Network - a 40" flat screen monitor which displays upcoming events, specials, and fun stuff!

The longest standing Blues Jam in Colorado happens every Sunday at 7pm, going close to 40 years strong!
Now sponsored by Ziggies & The Mile High Blues Society


Check out our calendar for upcoming shows
Ziggies is an OVER 21 full service bar and music venue.
The  only 2 exceptions to anyone UNDER 21 being allowed in is:

1. During our weekend daytime shows (e.g. 2pm Sunday BBQ's) that are specifically advertised as an ALL AGES WELCOME EVENT or

2. If you are an UNDER 21 musician OR singer and you have a completed, notarized, and FILED affidavit with the Denver Excise and Licenses Department.
You MUST have someone over 21 with you at all times while you are in Ziggies. Once the affidavit is completed, notarized and filed with Excise and licenses, a copy must be presented at Ziggies for the minor to be allowed entry.

For your convenience the affidavit PDF can be downloaded and printed from this link.  
 
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Ziggies at 51-years-old

December 1, 2015 North Denver Tribune

By Jackie St. Joan|

You might not notice Ziggies at all, that old penny of a bar on West 38th  Avenue, the one with a corrugated metal exterior,  neon beer sign,  rusty gate and padlock.  You might think something nasty is going on inside.  Once that was true, but today, you’d be wrong.  What’s inside is as shiny as a silver dollar, as clean as your grandma’s kitchen, as smooth as the backside of an old guitar.  It’s Ziggies, Denver’s oldest blues club, now in its 51st year.

“It’s not a neighborhood bar.  It’s a destination bar,” said Ziggie’s Poet Laureate, Julie Cummings, “a place for people who know the sound they’re looking for and where to find it, seven nights a week, 52 weeks a year.”  Inside you might hear Country or Delta or Chicago Blues, Blues Rock, Swing, or a Slow Blues Shuffle. It’s a blend of seasoned musicians who have plinked, strummed, blown and shouted out more blues, than you’ll ever know, and rag tag poets who know they will never master the words, but they keep trying anyway.

Constructed in 1888, Ziggies’ building might have once been home to a mercantile, or possibly a row of apartments, or a watering hole of the alcohol variety.   “Some say the bar was named for the Zeigler family that once owned the property,” said Carla Jordan, who has owned Ziggies since she bought in out of bankruptcy in 2007, rescuing it two weeks before it was due to close.  “Or for a farmer who sold fruits and vegetables in the area, or for Zig Zag rolling papers.”  Jordan shrugged.  “Who knows?”

From 1952 until he lost it in 1964, Lou Corn held the first liquor license, when 4923 W. 38th Avenue, was Lou’s Bar & Tavern, a restaurant and bar without live music.   Corn’s liquor license was issued January 31, 1964, the same one Ziggies operates under today. According to Jordan, who recently heard it from Lou Corn’s grown children, he lost the bar in a gambling debt to the notorious Smaldone family. Then over the years, Lou’s became Club 38, then Ziggy’s then Ziggies, then Ziggies Saloon.

Jordan used to hang out at  Ziggies for the music and the people.  Then in 2009 after she retired from a big career in the technology sector, she decided to buy the place.

“Why?  Temporary insanity,” she laughed. “At that time the place was funky, scary, dark.  The stench was terrible and the walls were tarred yellow from 65 years of indoor smoking.  Believe me, it took a lot to make the place smell like nothing.  I worked 12- hour days cleaning the place for ten months. I was determined to make it work, no matter what.”

Today Ziggies has been stripped of its dirt and hard times, but has lost none of its old-time juke joint authenticity. It’s a music venue with a 100-person capacity (and they track numbers at the door), a 10-piece stage, sound system and lights, small dance floor, full bar, a short menu, and all the music you can drink.   No imported bottled water here.  There’s a fresh water tank and you can help yourself.  It’s microwaved bar food, not small plates.  Along with regular bar drinks, the menu offers six kinds of non-alcoholic beers. Music, not alcohol, is the main thing.

Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for leading blues bands, and for forty years the Sunday night blues jam has played at Ziggies, winning lots of awards.  Monday is open to acoustic with Tuesday and Wednesday dedicated to open jam sessions Thursdays for touring bands and musicians not so well known.  In 2009-2010 “Live From Ziggies” televised blues sessions on local cable.  In 2012 Denver’s Bluesman Willie Houston, recorded his CD at Ziggies, the same year that the Mile High Blues Society (MHBS) was born there.  It still calls Ziggies its home.

“What makes this place work,” Jordan said, “are the professional musicians and the loving clientele.  It is a safe place. We want you to leave here happier than when you arrived.  But you can’t come in here drunk, and if you get drunk, we will stop serving you.  We card everybody.  Employees are not allowed to drink alcohol on the job, or they will be fired.  I’ve only had to do that once,” she said proudly. “Our license is clean. We have surveillance cameras everywhere. We don’t have trouble here. The last time the cops were called?  Maybe never!

“Sometimes I feel like I’m a Public Service Announcement,” Jordan added.  She gave the Columbine Poets of Colorado a free place to meet for Saturday morning workshops.  Now poets and musicians mix it up on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30, when featured poets perform and locals sign up.  Around eight o’clock the musicians begin pushing through the door with their guitar cases and horns.  Then at 8:30, the music starts up again.

Ziggies hosts Blues Children on Stage  (BCOS) with the Mile High Blues Society, to give musicians under age 21 the opportunity to play in the jam format.  Young musicians get a mentor and a list of styles and tunes, along with a CD, so they can prepare.  (Next BCOS Sunday Feb. 21, 3 pm)  Then, each December, MHBS and Ziggies present a Children’s Hospital Toy Drive Blues Jam on the second Saturday of December, hosted by MHBS Vice President, Jodie Woodward.

“I’ve never worked so hard for so little money, but it’s rewarding in other ways,” Jordan said, admitting Ziggies had changed her.  “Now I think–let’s do this for the kids, for the poets.  Let’s do it for the music.”

The website, http://ziggieslivemusic.com is a rockin’ place to visit, always up to date, with blues tunes playing so you can sample the sounds that are coming up.  Check it out—the music usually starts about 8:30, give or take.

Jacqueline St. Joan lives in northwest Denver.  She is Ziggies Poet of the Year.

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http://www.northdenvertribune.com/index.php?s=Ziggies

Denver's Best Of... Winner


http://www.northdenvertribune.com/2015/12/ziggies-at-51-years-old/

Ziggies at 51-years-old

December 1, 2015 by  

By Jackie St. Joan|

You might not notice Ziggies at all, that old penny of a bar on West 38th  Avenue, the one with a corrugated metal exterior,  neon beer sign,  rusty gate and padlock.  You might think something nasty is going on inside.  Once that was true, but today, you’d be wrong.  What’s inside is as shiny as a silver dollar, as clean as your grandma’s kitchen, as smooth as the backside of an old guitar.  It’s Ziggies, Denver’s oldest blues club, now in its 51st year.

“It’s not a neighborhood bar.  It’s a destination bar,” said Ziggie’s Poet Laureate, Julie Cummings, “a place for people who know the sound they’re looking for and where to find it, seven nights a week, 52 weeks a year.”  Inside you might hear Country or Delta or Chicago Blues, Blues Rock, Swing, or a Slow Blues Shuffle. It’s a blend of seasoned musicians who have plinked, strummed, blown and shouted out more blues, than you’ll ever know, and rag tag poets who know they will never master the words, but they keep trying anyway.

Constructed in 1888, Ziggies’ building might have once been home to a mercantile, or possibly a row of apartments, or a watering hole of the alcohol variety.   “Some say the bar was named for the Zeigler family that once owned the property,” said Carla Jordan, who has owned Ziggies since she bought in out of bankruptcy in 2007, rescuing it two weeks before it was due to close.  “Or for a farmer who sold fruits and vegetables in the area, or for Zig Zag rolling papers.”  Jordan shrugged.  “Who knows?”

From 1952 until he lost it in 1964, Lou Corn held the first liquor license, when 4923 W. 38th Avenue, was Lou’s Bar & Tavern, a restaurant and bar without live music.   Corn’s liquor license was issued January 31, 1964, the same one Ziggies operates under today. According to Jordan, who recently heard it from Lou Corn’s grown children, he lost the bar in a gambling debt to the notorious Smaldone family. Then over the years, Lou’s became Club 38, then Ziggy’s then Ziggies, then Ziggies Saloon.

Jordan used to hang out at  Ziggies for the music and the people.  Then in 2009 after she retired from a big career in the technology sector, she decided to buy the place.

“Why?  Temporary insanity,” she laughed. “At that time the place was funky, scary, dark.  The stench was terrible and the walls were tarred yellow from 65 years of indoor smoking.  Believe me, it took a lot to make the place smell like nothing.  I worked 12- hour days cleaning the place for ten months. I was determined to make it work, no matter what.”

Today Ziggies has been stripped of its dirt and hard times, but has lost none of its old-time juke joint authenticity. It’s a music venue with a 100-person capacity (and they track numbers at the door), a 10-piece stage, sound system and lights, small dance floor, full bar, a short menu, and all the music you can drink.   No imported bottled water here.  There’s a fresh water tank and you can help yourself.  It’s microwaved bar food, not small plates.  Along with regular bar drinks, the menu offers six kinds of non-alcoholic beers. Music, not alcohol, is the main thing.

Friday and Saturday nights are reserved for leading blues bands, and for forty years the Sunday night blues jam has played at Ziggies, winning lots of awards.  Monday is open to acoustic with Tuesday and Wednesday dedicated to open jam sessions Thursdays for touring bands and musicians not so well known.  In 2009-2010 “Live From Ziggies” televised blues sessions on local cable.  In 2012 Denver’s Bluesman Willie Houston, recorded his CD at Ziggies, the same year that the Mile High Blues Society (MHBS) was born there.  It still calls Ziggies its home.

“What makes this place work,” Jordan said, “are the professional musicians and the loving clientele.  It is a safe place. We want you to leave here happier than when you arrived.  But you can’t come in here drunk, and if you get drunk, we will stop serving you.  We card everybody.  Employees are not allowed to drink alcohol on the job, or they will be fired.  I’ve only had to do that once,” she said proudly. “Our license is clean. We have surveillance cameras everywhere. We don’t have trouble here. The last time the cops were called?  Maybe never!

“Sometimes I feel like I’m a Public Service Announcement,” Jordan added.  She gave the Columbine Poets of Colorado a free place to meet for Saturday morning workshops.  Now poets and musicians mix it up on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 6:30, when featured poets perform and locals sign up.  Around eight o’clock the musicians begin pushing through the door with their guitar cases and horns.  Then at 8:30, the music starts up again.

Ziggies hosts Blues Children on Stage  (BCOS) with the Mile High Blues Society, to give musicians under age 21 the opportunity to play in the jam format.  Young musicians get a mentor and a list of styles and tunes, along with a CD, so they can prepare.  (Next BCOS Sunday Feb. 21, 3 pm)  Then, each December, MHBS and Ziggies present a Children’s Hospital Toy Drive Blues Jam on the second Saturday of December, hosted by MHBS Vice President, Jodie Woodward.

“I’ve never worked so hard for so little money, but it’s rewarding in other ways,” Jordan said, admitting Ziggies had changed her.  “Now I think–let’s do this for the kids, for the poets.  Let’s do it for the music.”

The website, http://ziggieslivemusic.com is a rockin’ place to visit, always up to date, with blues tunes playing so you can sample the sounds that are coming up.  Check it out—the music usually starts about 8:30, give or take.

Jacqueline St. Joan lives in northwest Denver.  She is Ziggies Poet of the Year.

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Westword - Best of Denver 2015
Best Blues Club Denver 2015 - Ziggies

Ziggies celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2014, and while it's hailed as Denver's oldest blues bar, it's been updated over the years, giving the place a modern feel while preserving its heritage. One thing hasn't changed, though: The walls of Ziggies still bleed blue. There's music most nights of the week, with performances by the best local blues acts (and some touring bands) Thursdays through Saturdays, while the rest of week is dedicated to jam sessions, including the long-running blues jams on Sundays and Groovesday Jam on Tuesdays.
http://www.westword.com/best-of/2015/arts-and-entertainment/best-blues-club-6612069


Westword - Best of Denver 2014

Best Blues Club Denver 2014 - Ziggies
Now in its fiftieth year, Ziggies is Colorado's oldest blues bar. No surprise, then, that it's also Denver's main spot for catching the area's finest local blues talent every night of the week. But Ziggies brings in its share of national touring acts, too, and even some international players. While there's a flat-screen that displays upcoming events and specials, there are no TVs broadcasting anything else, one more clue that it's all about the music here. And like any blues club worth its salt, Ziggies is a great place for musicians to hone their skills: In addition to its legendary blues jam, it hosts three other weekly jam or open-mic nights.
http://www.westword.com/bestof/2014/award/best-blues-club-2787497/

Best Blues Jam Denver 2014 - Ziggies
Ziggies has been around for five decades, and it boasts the state's longest-running blues jam. Every Sunday, whether you're looking to hone your chops or just listen to some great local players, Ziggies is your spot. The Blues AllStars and Doc Brown switch off hosting duties every week, getting things started and then opening the stage to other players. Ziggies also hosts an acoustic open mic on Mondays and a Hump Day Jam on Wednesdays, where you'll hear a variety of music, including rock, funk and zydeco. Step right up...
http://www.westword.com/bestof/2014/award/best-blues-jam-2787496/

Westword, Vol. 37, Number 31. March 27-April 2, 2014, Page 142

Westword, Best of Denver 2011 AND 2009 
Ziggies, Best Blues Jam.
Thank you to all the great musicians who make this happen!



Best Blues Jam - 2011
While Ziggie's has long been hailed as Denver's oldest blues bar, in recent years it's expanded into other genres, such as rock, R&B and funk. In addition to an acoustic open-mike night on Mondays, an open jam on Tuesdays and a chance to sit in with featured musicians on Wednesdays, Ziggie's also boasts one of the longest-running blues jams in town on Sundays. And that's where the real action is. The Doc Brown Blues Band and the Blues Allstars alternate hosting the blues jams, which bring in a variety of solid musicians playing covers and originals. Keyboard players need not worry about bringing down a keyboard; the bar has one available for the jams, which kick off at 7 p.m.
Westword, March 31-April 6, 2011, Volume 34, Number 31, Page 98





Thank You Denver!!!
Ziggies - "Best Blues Jam"
2009 Westword's Best of Denver
"Best Blues Jam"
"Ziggies has always been known as Denver's oldest blues bar, but ...Carla Jordan, who took over the place and remodeled it just over a year ago have expanded the music selection by also bringing in R&B, funk, rock and jazz acts on Fridays and Saturdays. The other five nights are allotted to open mics... Whether you want to hone your chops with some stellar blues talent or just listen, Ziggies is the place..."
Westword, Vol. 32, Number 30. March 26-April 1, 2009

 
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Westword - Best of Denver 2015 - Best Blues Club - Ziggies 

Ziggies celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2014, and while it's hailed as Denver's oldest blues bar, it's been updated over the years, giving the place a modern feel while preserving its heritage. One thing hasn't changed, though: The walls of Ziggies still bleed blue. There's music most nights of the week, with performances by the best local blues acts (and some touring bands) Thursdays through Saturdays, while the rest of week is dedicated to jam sessions, including the long-running blues jams on Sundays and Groovesday Jam on Tuesdays.
 

6 Open mics in Denver worth checking out 

Ziggie’s
Sundays-Wednesdays

A fixture in the Denver music scene, Ziggies is the oldest blues bar in Denver, now celebrating its 50th anniversary! It also happens to be one of the area’s most popular places to find an open stage. You’ll find various jams and open mics here four nights out of the week, including the famous Sunday night blues jam. Check their online calendar for start times.
 
Jeff McQuilkin - AXS Contributor By: Jeff McQuilkin  AXS Contributor Jul 1, 2014

Westword - Best of Denver 2014 - Best Blues Jam 

Best Blues Jam Denver 2014 - Ziggies
Ziggies has been around for five decades, and it boasts the state's longest-running blues jam. Every Sunday, whether you're looking to hone your chops or just listen to some great local players, Ziggies is your spot. The Blues AllStars and Doc Brown switch off hosting duties every week, getting things started and then opening the stage to other players. Ziggies also hosts an acoustic open mic on Mondays and a Hump Day Jam on Wednesdays, where you'll hear a variety of music, including rock, funk and zydeco. Step right up...

Westword - Best of Denver 2014 - Best Blues Club 

Best Blues Club Denver 2014 - Ziggies
Now in its fiftieth year, Ziggies is Colorado's oldest blues bar. No surprise, then, that it's also Denver's main spot for catching the area's finest local blues talent every night of the week. But Ziggies brings in its share of national touring acts, too, and even some international players. While there's a flat-screen that displays upcoming events and specials, there are no TVs broadcasting anything else, one more clue that it's all about the music here. And like any blues club worth its salt, Ziggies is a great place for musicians to hone their skills: In addition to its legendary blues jam, it hosts three other weekly jam or open-mic nights.

CBS News 4 "Top Open Mic Venues in Denver" 

 A nice little write up from CBS News 4 Denver recently... "Top Open Mic Venues in Denver" Performing at an open mic night just might be the step in the right direction for your aspiring music career, or at least a few minutes to shine. This is an opportunity for aspiring singers, comedians and actors to get on stage, captivate an audience and turn an ordinary night into something special. Not only do open mic nights give Denver bar goers a different kind of night on the town, but they also allow the opportunity to experience the rise and fall of aspiring talent.

Ziggies
4923 W. 38th Avenue
Denver, CO 80212
(303) 455-9930
www.ziggieslivemusic.com
Open mic nights: Every Monday at 8 p.m.
Click here for a calendar of events
Looking to start the week on a good note? Check out Ziggie’s Monday acoustic open mic nights hosted by Terry Gulley. The admission is free, the music is amazing and the drink specials can’t be beat. Sip on dollar PBRs as Gulley, a vocalist who plays guitar and the harmonica, leads you through a journey of the area’s best local music. Ziggies is Denver’s premier blues club, so rest assured Monday is not the only night you can join in on the fun. Jam nights run every day of the week, and on Tuesdays, you’re welcome groove with one of the club’s featured musicians.

Ziggies, Colorado's Oldest Blues Bar - By Timothy Breckon 

November 9, 2011 
Timothy Breckon
Denver Music Scene Examiner

Ziggies purports to be Colorado’s oldest blues bar, w/ a liquor license that dates back to 1964. Today Ziggies maintains that authenticity with slightly rough edges and seriously good musicians. Always welcoming and friendly, the staff take good care of their diverse patrons and keep the place clean so no one should feel uncomfortable. Just a few blocks further away from downtown than theTennyson business district north of 38th Avenue, Ziggies is close enough for comfort as well. There have been a string of owners and some name changes since 1964; current owner Carla Jordan is a big player in the local music scene, largely due to the fact that she puts on live music seven nights a week year round!

Ziggies has great drink specials every night as well. Carla makes sure to keep the hipsters happy with affordable PBR and the connoisseurs in high spirits with seasonal drafts. Inside rumor has it that there are some kegs of rare and popular seasonals from years past Carla will tap this winter. Ziggies has a decently sized dance floor, a stage big enough for a nine- or ten-piece band, and the usual accoutrements like booths and a pool table spaced out in a multilevel arrangement that gives everyone in the bar a good view of the stage.

The acts at Ziggies are usually local and at least somewhat bluesy, keeping in mind that the term “The Blues” can cover a lot of territory in this day and time. Local musical scenestress Melanie Owen Padilla of Cedar Avenue Blues Band is one of the many great regular weeknight jam hosts at Ziggies; Thursday through Saturday always feature performances by local acts. The easygoing atmosphere and comfortable setting at Ziggies make it great for hosting the next drowning of your sorrows in the joy of music.

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