About The New Ziggies Presents & The Old Ziggies Live Music
A new era is on the horizon! Ziggies, the oldest blues bar in Colorado, closed its doors for business on October 31, 2017 at the location on west 38th Avenue in northwest Denver after over 53 years, with the same liquor license that was issued in 1964! After a few months of pondering, wondering, and wandering Carla Jordan, the owner of Ziggies, (the brand and the business), got restless. Missing so many fans, musicians, and close friends from Ziggies she started hanging out in other venues to support the bands she loves and see some of the fans who used to frequent Ziggies. Everyone continues to ask "When are you getting another bar?" Well, financially that just isn't really feasible or a good business decision to jump into right now. Various venues wanted her to help them in different ways as did several musician friends. Considering her love for so many musicians and their mutual admiration she is jumping head first into a new adventure, which she calls "Ziggies Presents".
"Ziggies Presents" is about helping musicians from the band management, promotion, and booking standpoint and helping them grow, develop, and advance while staying focused on their music. And they won't have to deal with some of the gritty parts of the music business that Carla will take care of. She will be taking on the management of a few select bands and focusing on their success. In addition she hopes to delve into establishing a "Ziggies Presents" showcase that will be featured in specific venues with a high regard for musicians and live shows, and not just blues!
In the previous business, Ziggies Live Music, the bar, the venue, the home of blues, it was always all about the live music and keeping music aLIVE in Colorado. Some incredibly strong relationship were built inside those walls. Some amazing music and magic happened inside those walls. Many band were formed in Ziggies and we had the longest standing blues jam in Colorado, some say it went for over 40 years, every Sunday. We did it as long as we feasibly could. Colorado's Oldest Blues Bar is now closed but the heartbeat lives on. The financial burden of keeping a live music venue open is very expensive, probably more so than most people realize. So now, we move onto a new adventure, still supporting live music with a twist!
The original liquor license of Ziggies was issued in 1964. From 1952 until 1964, prior to our license being issued, the property was called Lou's Club Tavern, owned by Lewis Corn. His children, Susan Tannenbaum (Corn) and Bob Corn came into Ziggies a couple years back and shared some history, insight, and stories of their beloved dad, Lewis and the property. They grew up during the time their dad owned Lou's Club Tavern which was a restaurant and bar. When our license was issued January of 1964 the bar was called "Lou's Bar"... then after a number of years and owners of the time renamed it "Club 38"... then Ziggy's... then Ziggie's Saloon... then we just called it Ziggies up until the date it was closed, October 31, 2017. Ziggies continues to live in the hearts of musicians and fans, but the building has been closed and put up for sale by the owner / trustee.
The history of the name Ziggies, from what we are told, is from the Ziegler Family who owned a number of businesses in the North Denver area, but we really don't know for sure, and probably never will.
The building dates to 1888 or 1925, depending on which public records you believe! Regardless, the building is old... the inside has been renovated and updated over the years but still retained that 'old juke joint' feel. The basement still had the decommissioned coal fired furnace and chipped out walls between businesses, and escape stairs into the next 'unit'.
On the back patio you could see where the old windows were filled in with 'black' bricks... a little contrast to the original 'red' bricks, nonetheless just a little more character to this great old structure!
Over the course of the past 10 plus years, since 2007, after purchasing the business out of bankruptcy, Carla Jordan tried to purchase the building - however, they just would not sell the property. In 2017 the Trustee, of the estate of the deceased owner, chose to put the building up for sale, for just under one million dollars. Carla shook her piggy bank really hard and just couldn't justify the million dollar price tag for a building of about 130 years old!
Who knows what the future of the property will hold. Gentrification perhaps. Condos perhaps. A new something something - we don't know, but due to the lack of support for live blues and live music in northwest Denver, we just could not justify the cost of attempting to purchase an over priced building, without parking or a kitchen. Will there be a new Ziggies in a new location - who knows what the future holds. Currently the cost of real estate in Denver is cost prohibitive. Meanwhile "Ziggies Presents" is our new focus, and again it's all about the live music and keeping the music aLIVE
Thank you for supporting Ziggies and being a part of the Colorado blues scene. And thank you for supporting our new baby, "Ziggies Presents". We're going to have some fun now and spread the love of music all over the place!
Over the course of the past 53 plus years we have been honored to be recognized by the community... some of our most recent awards ...
Its origins may be in the Deep South, but Denver's rich and diverse blues scene runs deep as well — and just keeps getting better. For more than fifty years, clubs in the metro area have offered the full spectrum of styles, everything from Delta to Chicago, jump to electric, Piedmont to punk. Not to mention that about a decade ago, many jazz clubs in the area added blues nights to help drum up business, which resulted in a wider variety of venue options. No jive: Here's our list of the top ten in town, in alphabetical order — with last year's Best Blues Club in the top spot.