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Stuff you just might wanna know.... get your calendar out and start adding these must see shows! In addition to our local favorites in the rotation at Ziggies, we have a nice list of touring bands scheduled at Ziggies, with more to come as I work out scheduling / touring details with other top notch, crazy good touring bands!

Joshua R Hoyer & Soul Colossal - Thursday, February 11, kicking off their Colorado mountain tour. From Lincoln, NE. Soul, blues, funk. Great high energy party and dance band. 

KALO - Friday, February 26 (9pm-1am over 21 show) and Saturday February 27 (All ages 2pm -6pm) IBC 2015 & 2016 Semi-Finalist contestant based out of Oklahoma City. Check her out! Bat-or Kalo from Israel - great guitar / singer with her tight band. 

Brian Wallen - Brian Keith Wallen - IBC Winner, 2nd place finalist, Solo - 2015 - Thursday, March 3rd. Solo show at Ziggies. The guitar slinging, kitchen cabinet door / salad bowl stomp box king!

Tony Holiday and the Velvetones - Salt Lake City. Friday, March 25. Harmonica endorsed player by Seydel harmonicas. Dirt Bag Blues.

Tony Robinson - Tony Rocks - May 5 performing a Ziggies solo show. This guy doesn't just play, he masters every instrument. This show he will be playing solo at Ziggies this tour. Crazy talented! 

Delores Scott from Chicago - May 20 with Jack Hadley Band. Our favorite fire cracker. Damn she's good and we always love having her at Ziggies. 

David M Miller - Miller & The Other Sinners - June 4 & 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. 

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!



ON TOUR - KALO 

MHBS Member Discount
Two Shows
Friday, February 26 - 9pm showtime (over 21) - $8 per person / MHBS Members $6
Saturday - February 27 - 2pm - 6pm - ALL AGES WELCOME - $5 per person. One child under 10 free with each paying adult
 
KALO has been featured in several statewide and regional media sources, including in The Oklahoman, on KSBI-TV, on OETA, as well as The Wichita News & Eagle, and Currentland. The band also won the prestigious Wichita Blues Challenge in 2014, securing a space to compete in the world renowned International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tenn., in January 2015. The band made it to the semifinals at the IBC, beating out 70 other national and international bands. In 2016, KALO (Bat-Or solo) represented the Topeka Blues Society at the IBC.
KALO and her full band will be at Ziggies in Denver for two shows - Friday, February 26 at 9pm, over 21 and Saturday, February 27 at 2pm for an ALL AGES SHOW.
 

The official Mile High Blues Society Sunday night Blues Jam takes place Sunday's at 7pm at Ziggies in Denver.
Due to the Super Bowl Sunday event with the Denver Bronco's there will not be a Sunday Jam this Sunday, February 7th. Ziggies will, however, be open for normal business Sunday evening at 6pm.
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 - February 11
JOSH  HOYER  &  SOUL  COLOSSAL
Doors 6pm
Showtime 8pm

$5 at the door

"If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska, soul shouter, and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove." 

NO DEPRESSION

"The impression is of a band that works hard together to collectively produce a finished and enjoyable whole. Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal have created a sound that is flashy and bold, but with a wild energy clearly directed by skill and control." 

ELMORE MAGAZINE

"In short, Cooked Raw is an infectious, finely crafted record where the meticulous presentation is backed by considerable substance. Having heard it on both formats, those who appreciate the vinyl things in life will want to opt to go that route, as it's the perfect record to have the needle hit as soon as the sun goes down." - 9 Out Of 10 Stars

GLIDE MAGAZINE

"Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal's sound recalls pioneers in the genres of soul and funk, from Otis Redding to Curtis Mayfield. But with a relentless drive and ability to pour their heart out on stage night after night and always feel genuine, these guys are churning out something uniquely their own."

ELMORE MAGAZINE

"Their just-released second album Living by the Minute evokes the hard-boiled funk of James Brown, the Memphis howl of Otis Redding and Al Green, and the percolating parade beat of New Orleans, but with a lean, modern energy. Hoyer's lyrics, enlivened by the husky charcoal purr of his voice, also keep his songs in the present, especially in the title number, which brims with urban desperation, and "Over the City," which sounds like a lost outtake from Curtis Mayfield's timeless Super Fly."

THE NASHVILLE SCENE

"I think that Josh Hoyer must have been weaned on Memphis dry rub BBQ, as this disc that he leads along with Benny Kushner/g, Justin Jones/dr, Josh Bargar/b, Mike Dee/sax, Tommy Van Den Berg/tb, Brian Morrow/fl and a trio of vocalists sounds like it came right out of a smoking Stax recording session. This one sweats from start to finish."

JAZZWEEKLY.COM

"Josh, a fan of Otis Redding, James Brown, and Curtis Mayfield, is a composer of songs so evocative listeners might mistake some, such as "The First One," for classic standards instead of the contemporary observations of a Midwesterner."

AMERICAN BLUES SCENE


Friday - February 12

THE  OUTLIERS
 

Tony Luke - Guitar & Vocals

Mac - Bass & Backing Vocals

Jonny Love - Sax & Keys

Brian Kirtland - Trumpet

Carlton Pike - Drums

Doors 6pm. Showtime 9pm to 1am. Over 21 please. $5 per person.





$5 per person
Doors 6pm  Showtime 9pm
The Saturday night dance party is at Ziggies !!!



MHBS Sunday Blues Jam
with

Doc Brown's Blues Band
January 3, 17, 31

Jodie Woodward & Friends
January 10

January 24 - John Weeks


MHBS SUNDAY BLUES JAM
 



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


EVERY  SUNDAY
The Mile High Blues Society and Ziggies Live Music Presents
The Longest Standing Blues Jam in Colorado
Doors 6pm. Music starts 7pm. FREE
Hosted on alternate Sunday nights by Doc Brown's Blues Band or Jodie Woodward and Special Guests
 

Every Sunday at 7pm ~ FREE



 

Acoustic Monday @ 8pm
Hosted by:  Brian  Parton
 

Tuesday Groovesday ~ Sit in with Featured Musician @ 8pm
alternates between Matty Graziano and Scott Hackler (SHACK)
 
Scott Hackler

 
  Matty Graziano

 


 
Wednesday Jam
 
Rob Barnes
Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Wednesday
 
Scott Hackler - SHACK
Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday

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

 


Adam Gussow and Ronnie Shellist will be in Denver, CO on January 16th 2016 for an all day teaching event, followed by an evening performance.

Tickets on sale now!

PURCHASE TICKETS

Two world class harmonica coaches and players at your disposal for a full day 

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To date, Adam Gussow and Ronnie Shellist have co-hosted four harmonica workshops.   These events are quickly growing in popularity across the U.S.  They're headed back to Colorado for their fifth workshop to date. The format is such that not only do you get to hear Ronnie, and Adam teach their own segment, but also co-teach for a portion of the event.  There will be plenty of time for Q & A as well!  You will have the opportunity to play and receive individual/direct feedback from both Ronnie and Adam, to help get you to the next step in your playing. The workshop is followed by an evening performance.
 

Location and Venue Website

Date:        January 16th, 2016 
Time:    9am-5:10pm 
Location: Ziggies Saloon at 4923 W 38th Ave Denver CO 80212

Newly Revised Workshop Schedule

  *Doors open at 9am for check in and meet and greet. If you arrive earlier, you'll be waiting outside. This schedule was recently updated to give just a bit more time in the morning for breakfast and such. Nothing was lost form the teaching, or feedback sessions.*

9-9:40am                 Check In, Meet & Greet

9:40-10:55am         Adam Gussow teaches "How to Play Solo Slow Blues". Counting, thinking, and feeling your way through a 12 bar blues progression

10:55-11:05am      Break

11:05-12:20pm       Ronnie Shellist teaches "Mastering Breath Control to Maximize Tone & Technique"

12:20-1:20pm         Lunch Break

1:20-2:20pm          Adam and Ronnie will be co-teaching: "Lessons form the Stage. Professionalizing Your Blues Harmonica Playing"

2:20-2:30pm          Break

2:30-3:45                Adam teaches "The Blues Scale: a three octave approach in 2nd position"

3:45-3:55pm           Break

3:55-5:10                 Jam Session with direct feedback.  You will have an opportunity to play with a jam track, or possibly guitarist, and receive feedback from Adam and Ronnie. This is not mandatory, but encouraged.

Performance Schedule

9:00pm-9:30pm      Nic Clark Opener-Solo Act
9:45pm-11:00pm     
Ronnie Shellist performs with Moses Walker in his duo "Walker Shellist"
11:15pm-12:30pm    Adam Gussow performs with his duo act "The Blues Doctors"
12:30am-1:00am     All Star Jam with Adam and Ronnie
 
 

Upcoming shows:


Thursday - January 7 - Open Jam with Robert Herrmann
Friday - January 8 - Randall Dubis Blues Band

Saturday - January 9 - IBC Road to Memphis Benefit with
AJ Fullerton, 50 Shades of Blue, and Michael Hornbuckle Band


Thursday - January 14 - 50 Shades of Blue
Friday - January 15 - Rex Peoples & The X Factor

Saturday - January 16 - Ronnie Shellist & Adam Gussow Harmonica workshop - 9am

Shellist & Friends Saturday night show 9pm
Gussow Shellist

Thursday - January 21 - Dan Treanor / Randall Dubis Duo
Friday - January 22 - 6 Degrees
Saturday - January 23 - Michael Hornbuckle - Road to Memphis
Thursday - January 28 - On Tour - Mark Mackay
Friday - January 29 - Miles Lee Band
Saturday - January 30 - 40 Below Zero




 

 
 
 
 
  
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 2015 Memphis IBC performers:
Brian Keith Wallen - IBC Solo / Duo Winner - Second Place - from Cambridge, Indiana
Coyote Bill Boogie Band from Kansas City
Hector Anchondo from Omaha
Brian James & The Revival from Nashville 
Ted Drozdowski's Scissormen from Nashville, TN
Additional dates have been confirmed with:
Delores Scott from Chicago, IL
Quinn DeVeaux from Oakland, CA
Rob Larkin from Los Angeles, CA
Tony Holiday Trio from Salt Lake City, UT
Toney Rocks from Hampton, VA
Josh Hoyer & The Shadowboxers from Lincoln, NE
Bobby Messano from Los Angeles / Nashville
and working on many more!

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.  
 
We generally send out a weekly email blast on Wednesday with our upcoming events and newsletter.
Please sign up on our email list to receive email from Ziggies!






 
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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...
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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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