The NEW HATS and NEW T-SHIRTS are in! 

These sell out quickly!

Get yours now while we have the best selection and quantities.
 



Get them while we have them - they go FAST!

ORDER ONLINE HERE
(Shipping Costs Apply)

or hit me up at a Jam or Ziggies event!

We also have "SHACK FAN" pins for sale on our website.
These are hand made, laser cut pins. 
We're asking minimum $10 donation each to raise money to help offset the expenses for Scott "Shack" Hackler to go to Memphis to compete in the IBC next January. 100% of the proceeds of the pin sales go directly to Shack!

 

Previous events

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

Televised Open Mic - Walker Whalen

Denver Open Media, 700 Kalamath, Denver, CO

Walker Whalen These guys will be the next featured musicians on the 3rd Friday Televised Open Mic! - October 19th. Michael Bliss Productions, Historic Elitch Theater, Denver Open Media and a Ziggies Presents Production! Moses Walker

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

Ziggies Blues Jam - Carla's Birthday with Shack & Delores Scott

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

Delores Scott is in town from Chicago and it's Carla's Birthday.... so that, of course, means that Delores will join the Sunday night blues jam and celebrate live blues the Carla's Birthday! There will be cake! Full backline. Come out and play! Shack and Friends host with Delores as special featured musician.

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

Delores Scott - Saturday Revival Brunch @ Dazzle Denver

Dazzle Denver, 1512 Curtis, Denver, CO 80202

JUST ANNOUNCED! A Ziggies Presents Production! THE SATURDAY BREAKFAST REVIVAL AT DAZZLE DENVER! Featuring Delores Scott with the Jack Hadley Band. Come for the pancake buffet and stay for the great live music with Chicago blues, gospel, jazz legend the amazing, the lovely, the talented, the fun Mssssssss Delores Scott! Saturday - August 25. Breakfast buffet starts at 9am. Music starts 10am. Join us!

Shack & Friends - Wish for Wheels - Lowry Beer Garden

Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 East Academy Blvd, Denver, CO

Wish for Wheels! And.... Shack and Friends are playing while the bikes get built! Come join us and help build over 200 bikes for low income second graders in the Denver public schools! And there is a bike decorating contest and the best decorated bike wins a Rocket Ice Cream party for 10 friends. Saturday, August 25th at Lowry Beer Garden, 7577 East Academy Blvd in Denver. Everyone is welcome! And there is face painting and a Big Wheels Course. Ooooohhhhh. Noon to 5pm with Shack and the guys playing 1pm to 4pm. Then the Bike Parade is at 4pm.

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

Miles Lee Band - Morrison Holiday Bar

Morrison Holiday Bar, 403 Bear Creek, Morrison, CO

Friday, 17 August 8:00 – midnight Morrison Holiday Bar 403 Bear Creek Ave, Morrison, CO 80465, USA Miles Lee Band is a Rock & Roll band, that blurs the boundary lines of musical genres. MLB takes blues, soul, rock, funk, hip hop and country music and creates a sound that is distinctly theirs. This is Colorado Rock & Roll Music!

KEEP DANCIN' AND FILLING YOUR CUP, WE'LL KEEP IT JUMPIN' 'TIL THE COPS SHOW UP -MILES LEE

The Ziggies Famous Sunday Night Blues Jam is back!

Rockabillies in Arvada, 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward), Arvada, CO 80004

The famous Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam !!! The musicians have been off the chart and it's been a great Sunday night party so far! Come out and dance, play, network, have some great food and libations! Join us at our new blues Jam home! We're at Rockabillies 12363 West 64th Avenue (64th & Ward Road) Arvada, CO 80004 ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM AFTER 9PM OVER 21 ONLY They have great space, awesome food, and ample parking! Sponsored by Ziggies Presents! and Mile High Blues Society. Hosted alternately by Doc Brown's Blues Band. Just like old times! Join us! Full backline and PA provided. Feel free to bring your own amps and pedals. PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!

​​​​​​​June 17 - The Hustle Kings June 24 - SHACK & Friends July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band July 15 - KALO July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam at Rockabillies


May 13 - SHACK & Friends,

May 20 - Doc Brown's Blues Band,

May 27 - Rodney Black & The Blacklist,

June 3 - Doc Brown's Blues Band,

June 10 - 50 Shades of Blue Trio,

June 17 - The Hustle Kings,

June 24 - SHACK & Friends,

July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band,

July 15 - KALO,

July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam at Rockabillies

May 13 - SHACK & Friends,

May 20 - Doc Brown's Blues Band,

May 27 - Rodney Black & The Blacklist,

June 3 - Doc Brown's Blues Band,

June 10 - 50 Shades of Blue Trio,

June 17 - The Hustle Kings,

June 24 - SHACK & Friends,

July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band,

July 15 - KALO,

July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band

THIRD FRIDAY OPEN MIC
LIVE ON TELEVISION
MAY 18TH | 6-8PM | DENVER OPEN MEDIA
700 KALAMATH ST.
DENVER, CO 80204

THE MIC IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. 
SIGN UP SHEET. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. 
POETRY, PERFORMANCE, MUSIC, DANCE, MAGIC, COMEDY, ETC...
BRING YOUR TALENT AND GET SEEN AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE NOT ONLY ARE WE ON DENVER COMCAST CHANNELS 56, 57 AND 881 WE WILL BE STREAMING LIVE ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DENVER OPEN MEDIA, HISTORIC ELITCH THEATRE, ZIGGIES LIVE MUSIC / ZIGGIES PRESENTS, AND THE BLISSFEST333 COMMUNITY.

THIRD FRIDAY OPEN MIC LIVE ON TELEVISION MAY 18TH | 6-8PM | DENVER OPEN MEDIA 700 KALAMATH ST. DENVER, CO 80204

THE MIC IS OPEN TO EVERYONE. SIGN UP SHEET. FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. POETRY, PERFORMANCE, MUSIC, DANCE, MAGIC, COMEDY, ETC... BRING YOUR TALENT AND GET SEEN AROUND THE WORLD BECAUSE NOT ONLY ARE WE ON DENVER COMCAST CHANNELS 56, 57 AND 881 WE WILL BE STREAMING LIVE ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DENVER OPEN MEDIA, HISTORIC ELITCH THEATRE, ZIGGIES LIVE MUSIC / ZIGGIES PRESENTS, AND THE BLISSFEST333 COMMUNITY.

"ZIGGIES  PRESENTS"

"Doing those things that bands just don't like to do to promote their music and play live shows!" C.Jordan

 

Established March 1, 2018 - Since Carla owns the Ziggies brand she is moving forward with a focus on live music, without a bar, but with a twist.
Ziggies Presents is Carla's new laser focused Band Management / Agency Promotion business. She has agreed to represent and manage a small number of bands that she worked closely with in the old Ziggies days. She also matches up bands with venues, some touring national acts and some local. 

She branded her "Ziggies Presents" Promotions where she is booking Ziggies Presents Showcase events to specific venues who value live music and our treasured musicians.

The Famous Ziggies Sunday Blues Jam is BACK! We have a new home! Rockabillies in Arvada has welcomed the Sunday Blues Jam to their house! 

They have GREAT food, ample parking, and a nice stage in a big room!
PA system and backline provided and it's FREE!
ALL AGES UNTIL 9PM
OVER 21 AFTER 9PM

Ziggies Presents, Sunday Night Blues Jam at Rockabillies
May 6 - Doc Brown's Blues Band
May 13 - SHACK & Friends
May 20 - Doc Brown's Blues Band
May 27 - Rodney Black & The Blacklist
June 3 - Doc Brown's Blues Band
June 10 - 50 Shades of Blue Trio
June 17 - The Hustle Kings
June 24 - SHACK & Friends
July 1 - Doc Brown's Blues Band
July 15 - KALO
July 22 - Doc Brown's Blues Band



Ziggies, the music venue that was located on west 38th Avenue in northwest Denver, is officially

CLOSED

Thank you for 53 years 9 months 1 day of support!

Our liquor license was issued January 31, 1964
Our last day was October 31, 2017

The building Ziggies was located in for over 53 years has been put up for sale by the Trust who owns the property and our lease has expired and they wanted us out.

Thank you to those of you who realized how important it was to support live music and small business.

You can still purchase what limited merchandise we still have available from our online store

 

This is Carla Jordan. For those who are confused about what's up with Ziggies or just want a factual refresher. In a nutshell - I had a 10 year lease when I purchased the "Ziggies Business & Bar" out of bankruptcy in 2007. I spent a lot of time, money, energy, hard work and such to turn the business around and save it from closing in 2007. I made several unsuccessful attempts to purchase the building over the past 10 years - they just wouldn't sell. The owner of the building passed away a few years ago and the property went into a Trust. Our lease came to term on Halloween, October 31, 2017. The Trust has the building up for sale for $995,000.oo, yes, just under $1 Million dollars. I cannot afford such a purchase for a bar / live music venue that is not supported enough to pay such a mortgage. Nor can I afford a 'conditional lease' with a huge increase which still gives the Trust the option to throw me out when they get an offer. Our current lease expired October 31, 2017 and they basically wanted us out. Our last day open was October 31, and we went out with a huge BANG!  And a huge, many thanks to those who have been supporting us and helping us keep music alive in Denver. And then to those who showed up early the next morning to help us move out. 
What's next?  I own the Ziggies brand, the name, the licenses, web domain, etc. However, a transfer of the liquor license to a new location has limitations. However, I could get a new one if the right situation presented itself, in Denver or elsewhere. For now, once I'm finished moving out I shall take some time to rest, reflect, sort through everything we put in storage and see what's next. 

Many thanks to those of you who saw how important it was to support Ziggies, live music, and small business. Just remember, keeping music alive is not free and it comes at a cost. Support musicians, venues, and help to keep the music alive. The last 10 year experience is bittersweet and I cannot begin to explain the vast amount of different emotions I have right now.

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss


 




Thanks to Susan Tannenbaum (Corn) - her father, Louis Corn used to own "Lou's Club Tavern" from the early 1950's until 1964 when our liquor license was issued.

Yes, this is the same location as Ziggies was located!

Comic: Blues Roots Run Deep at Ziggies 
ZIGGIES has been awarded the Westword - Best of Denver - "Best Blues Bar" award these years:
2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.... This is our most recent award!


The Westword, Best of Denver, 2017 - Best Blues Bar.
Hailed as Colorado's oldest blues bar, Ziggies has been part of Denver's blues community for more than half a century. On most nights, you'll find stellar talent performing at the venue, whether it's the local or national seasoned veterans who play Thursdays through Saturdays, or up-and-coming players honing their chops at the four different jam sessions that run the other days of the week. There are a handful of places in town that cater to blues acts, but Ziggies should be first on your list.

Westword, Best of Denver 2017, March 30-April 5, 2017, Volume 40, Number 31, page 143.

 

 

 

MARCH 1, 2018 - "ZIGGIES PRESENTS"

Established March 1, 2018 - Since Carla owns the Ziggies brand she is moving forward with a focus on live music, without a bar, but with a twist.
Ziggies Presents is Carla's new laser focused Band Management business. She has agreed to represent and manage a small number of bands that she has worked closely with in the old Ziggies days.

Additionally, she plans to establish her traveling "Ziggies Presents" Showcase to specific venues who value live music and our treasured musicians. Stay Tuned! Great stuff is coming from Ziggies Presents!

 

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 - ZIGGIES  IS  PERMANENTLY  CLOSED - 4923 W. 38th Avenue, Denver, CO 80212 is now vacant. The building is for sale and we have moved our Ziggies business out of the building and placed everything in storage until we determine what we'll do next. Thank you for 53 years, 9 months, and one day of support. Especially thank you for the past 10+ years that I, Carla, have owned Ziggies, the business. The Ziggies brand, business, assets, etc. are NOT offered in the sale of the building. The trustee is selling the building and hoping for re-development of something that will include destroying the current building and building new.  


UPDATE: October 31, 2017 - unless someone buys the building and asks us to stay for really cheap rent Halloween is our last day open. 

September 21, 2017 - Ziggies remains open 7 days a week with live music nightly! Albeit the "For Sale" signs have been posted on the building, we're still open and doing what we do! We've yet to hear of any interested parties putting offers up on the property. Our lease runs through October 31st and we'll see what the future brings. Come out and support live music and Ziggies. We'd love to see you! 

 

September 1, 2017 - We're still plugging along at Ziggies with live music nightly and intend to do so until the fate of the building Ziggies is located in is determined. A little history...

Ten years ago I bought Ziggies, the business, not the building, out of bankruptcy and saved it from imminent closure. I secured a 10 year lease on the property with a first right of refusal for the building purchase. Over the past 10 years I’ve been trying to get them to sell me the building. They would not for various family / heir reasons / personal reasons. 

The actual owner passed away a few years ago and the building has been in a trust. I have been informed by the trustee that they are going to be putting the building up for sale within the next couple weeks. My lease, which goes through October 31, will be honored of course. And I do have that first right of refusal. Meaning, once they have a legitimate offer they have to present said offer to me, and I may purchase it for said price. However, they are asking $1,000,000.00 (yes $1 Million) for the building, which I cannot justify coughing up, even if I had it! Then recently, after doing market research in the area, they decided to drop the asking price to $995,000. They have yet to put the 'For Sale' signs up on the building.

I am looking closely at my options, which include potentially moving Ziggies to a new location (which may be cost prohibitive), selling the entire Ziggies business (assets, licenses, etc) to someone else, and / or offering to sell the business with the real estate building sale. The sale of Ziggies with the sale of the building is unlikely as they believe any buyers of the property will scrape the building and build more lofts or some sort of new development. 

We are staying open until at least October 31st, perhaps longer if they do not have a buyer in place, and we would then go to a month to month lease or perhaps a long term lease with contingencies. All of the scheduled shows through October 31 are also still on the books with no changes planned. We will play it by ear depending on what transpires with the building beyond Halloween. 

Owning a bar, especially one with live music every night, tends to be very expensive and a lot of hard exhausting work. I’ve given Ziggies everything I have, financially, emotionally, and physically for the past 10 years – I cannot justify sinking an additional million dollars into a business that perhaps has run it’s course. 

There are certainly a lot of questions people are asking, wondering, curious about, etcetera. I’m trying to sort things out and plan for an uncertain future. The thought of a bulldozer rolling over the space Ziggies is (since 1964) and Lou’s was (1952-1964) makes me literally sick to my stomach. Obviously this is heart breaking for me and a tough thing to swallow. 

I suspect eventually they will be putting a big FOR SALE sign up on the building. It will include the entire building, including Rico’s Upholstery space, the space in the middle, and the Ziggies space. Yates to the alley. The growth and development of Denver has been booming and I saw this coming, however, you cannot make someone sell you a building if they choose not to. 

If you, or someone you know, is interested in purchasing the building and keeping Ziggies alive, let me know. The building is being listed for just under $1M, the Ziggies business would be sold separately from that almost $1M. I own the Ziggies liquor and business licenses and those cannot be sold with the building without my permission.  

Thank you to our loyal employees, patrons, musicians, fans, dancers, poets, lovers and supporters of live music. The amount of history and magical music made in Ziggies cannot be measured. We couldn’t have stayed open as long as we did without your support. We will see what happens once they slap that FOR SALE sign on the building in the coming weeks. Kindest regards, Carla and the Ziggies crew.

 
 
 
  
 

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


We did it again... and again... and again!

Westword, Best of Denver ...2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Best Blues Club - Ziggies - is NOW CLOSED so someone else will pick up this award... perhaps...


The Westword, Best of Denver, 2017 - Best Blues Bar.
Hailed as Colorado's oldest blues bar, Ziggies has been part of Denver's blues community for more than half a century. On most nights, you'll find stellar talent performing at the venue, whether it's the local or national seasoned veterans who play Thursdays through Saturdays, or up-and-coming players honing their chops at the four different jam sessions that run the other days of the week. There are a handful of places in town that cater to blues acts, but Ziggies should be first on your list.

Westword, Best of Denver 2017, March 30-April 5, 2017, Volume 40, Number 31, page 143.




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.

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.



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

 
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.

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.

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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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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





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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

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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