ATTENTION ZIGGIES BANDS & FANS
By popular demand, your feedback, talks, calls, text messages, etc.

Effective MAY 1st, ALL FRIDAY and SATURDAY night shows at Ziggies will be from 8PM to MIDNIGHT.


I've sent text messages and phone calls to most of you. Please ensure you let your band members know. Also, should a band elect to have a 'double bill' they are welcome to do that, however, I will still pay the band I booked and it is up to you to figure out how you're going to split the pay with the other band. Showtime for those would also be 8pm to midnight. If you have some compelling reason that you need for your show to be from 9pm to 1am, or a different time, please contact me privately so we can discuss your event. Also, many of you told me that if folks are on the dance floor at midnight or just coming in that you'll play longer - that's great! And we'll shake tips for you out of those folks to make it worth your while! Thanks for all of the feedback, input, suggestions, and ideas. We can't please everyone, but I think this will please the masses based on the calls, text messages, face to face conversations, and such I've had with folks on this subject. As always, THANK YOU for your input. And hey, all you fans who said you'll certainly come to shows if they start at 8pm... well belly up baby! We're counting on you to make this work! 
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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.

Eli Cook Plays the Blues in Denver
Named One of the top 3 Solo Blues Artists in the World by Blues Matters Magazine 

(Charlottesville, Va.April 2, 2016)-- Eli Cook, named one of the top three solo blues artists in the world by UK’s Blues Matters Magazine,
will perform at Ziggie’s, 4923 W 38th Ave, Denver, on
Wednesday, April 27 at 8:30 PM.



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The legendary Son House (1902-1988) was known to say “Blues is a feelin’”. Eli Cook’s music expresses that same raw honesty in a unique blend of contemporary and old-school styles, creating an original sound at the fore-front of modern Blues and Rock.   Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice, while playing every hole-in-the-wall bar that could handle his electric power trio.  Blending the influences of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Fred MacDowell, Bukka White and Lightning Hopkins with the likes of Clutch, Soundgarden, C.O.C, and Rage against the Machine, he forged a fresh sound, alive with the southern blues tradition.   Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007:  the all-acoustic, original-roots album “Miss Blues’ Child” on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release  “ElectricHolyFireWater”.   During this time he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's east coast tour.  Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadellic, Gary Clark JR, Roomful of Blues and many others. In 2008,  Eli released his third self-produced album, “Static in the Blood", a modern R&B/Rock crossover project featuring ornate experimental studio production.  The follow up album, “Ace Jack & King", a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars, received critical acclaim. The All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.”   In 2013, Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd)  Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, Vinny Appici (Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio) and Tinsley Ellis. The album was released in Spring 2014.  And in 2016, Eli was named one of the top three blues soloists in the world by UK's Blues Matters Magazine.

   
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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!


Eli Cook Named One of the top 3 Solo Blues Artists in the World by Blues Matters Magazine, (Charlottesville, Va. April 2, 2016) will perform at Ziggie’s, on Wednesday, April 27 at 8:30 PM.


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!

Ray Anthony & band PowerSlyde is coming up from New Mexico. They are a contemporary jazz band with an edgy latin funk feel. Coming to Ziggies Thursday, May 12.


Zach Pohl will be here Thursday, May 19th! Zach Pohl is an Austin-based roots music artist.  Having lived most of his life in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Zach Pohl now resides in Austin, Texas "The Live Music Capital of the World".  

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.

Brian Keith Wallen, the 2015 IBC 2nd place Solo / Duo winner, is coming back on Thursday, June 23rd. 

 

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. 

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

WEDNESDAY - JUNE 8 - GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND
WEDNESDAY - JULY 27 - BRANDON SANTINI 
WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 17 - ANDY T. AND NICK NIXON


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!



Ziggies Live Music is proud to provide our stage for the 2017 International Blues Challenge Competition for the Mile High Blues Society

Registration starts - Sunday, May 1, 2016
Registration ends - Saturday, June 4, 2016 @ 5pm (mountain time)
Two Competition Categories
BAND
SOLO/DUO
All competitions will be held at Ziggies Live Music in Denver, Colorado
Tentative Competition Dates: (Band & Solo/Duo)
PRELIMINARY ROUND
Sunday - July 10 (2pm start)
Sunday - July 17 (2pm start)
Sunday - July 24 (2pm start)
FINALS
Sunday - August 7
Sunday - August 14
Mile High Blues Society will follow the Blues Foundation rules as closely as possible. 
The Preliminary Round sets will be 25 minutes
The Final Round sets will be 20 minutes
With additional 5 minute set-up and 5 minute tear-down allowed

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

All competing acts MUST have an active and current "BAND MEMBERSHIP" with the Mile High Blues Society paid through February 2017 
To renew or join go to: http://milehighbluessociety.com/join
If you are unsure of your renewal date please email them at: Info@MileHighBluesSociety.com




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



WEDNESDAY - APRIL 27
ON TOUR
ELI COOK
DOORS 6PM
SHOWTIME 8:30PM (following performance poetry)
$5 PER PERSON - OVER 21


ABOUT  ELI  COOK:

Eli Cook Plays the Blues in Denver

Named One of the top 3 Solo Blues Artists in the World by Blues Matters Magazine 

(Charlottesville, Va.April 2, 2016)-- Eli Cook ,named one of the top three solo blues artists in the world by UK’s Blues Matters Magazine, will perform at Ziggie’s, 4923 W 38th Ave, Denver, on Wednesday, April 27 at 8:30 PM. For more information visit www.ziggieslivemusic.com and www.elicook.com.

The legendary Son House was known to say “Blues is a feelin’…” Eli Cook’s music echoes that same raw honesty--and it’s driving him to the forefront of modern Blues. With his super slick slide guitar sound and a husky voice that is sexy and heartfelt, this Virginia bluesman shines brightest in concert. His distinctive blend of contemporary and old-school styles has been called by John Mayall “mystifying and unique.”

Eli took up the guitar as a teenager in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia. Following the tradition of the great blues men, he performed in churches and late-night gospel revivals with only his acoustic and deep baritone voice. Eli recorded and released his first two albums between 2004 and 2007: the all-acoustic, original-roots album “Miss Blues’ Child” on the Sledgehammer Blues label, and a heavy blues-rock release “ElectricHolyFireWater”. During this time he was invited to open for B.B. King on King's east coast tour. Since then, Eli has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, Robert Cray, Parliament-Funkadellic, Gary Clark JR, Taj Mahal, John Mayal, and many others. In 2011 Eli released “Ace Jack & King", a return to roots-blues and heavy guitars. All Music Guide proclaimed that Eli could be “the best blues singer of his generation.”

Eli signed with LA-based label Cleopatra Records in 2013 to begin work on his 5th studio album, featuring guest appearances by Tinsley Ellis, Reese Wynans of Double Trouble, rock legend Leslie West of Mountain, and Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd. The album, “Primitive Son”, was released in Spring 2014.

Eli Cook has been featured in Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player, and Guitar Edge magazines.

Video:  https://youtu.be/wteGvwVNWlU

https://youtu.be/vAhu5p1EW9k

Music:  https://soundcloud.com/user2607055/highway-song

For interviews contact  vangotangoprokofiev@yahoo.com For more information about Eli Cook, visit www.elicook.com

 




THURSDAY - APRIL 28


RANDALL  DUBIS  SOLO
8pm showtime ~ $5 per person

 

Randall Dubis has been an active member of the Denver, Colorado Blues scene for over 30 years. His influences range from the acoustic Blues of Robert Johnson and Bukka White to the Rhythm & Blues of T-Bone Walker, B. B. King, and Duke Robillard. Randall is a strong vocalist and uses a combined rhythm/lead guitar style, which incorporates finger picking and plectrum. He performs as a solo artist as well as with his 4-piece band.

Randall has been privileged to perform with many great artists, including Texas Blues legend Sonny Rhodes, A. C. Reed, and Son Seals. Randall spent two years touring full time in the U.S., Canada, and nine countries in Europe with Sonny Rhodes.

Randall is proud to represent Denver-area fans and performers. He will represent the Colorado Blues Society in the Solo/Duo division of the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis with partner Dan Treanor. Under the sponsorship of the Mile High Blues Society, he competed in the Solo/Duo division of the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

He has released four self-produced CDs on his own Sylvan-Adam Records label: They Call Me SLIMWalk a MilebitterSWEET, and a compilation disk entitled Retro*Spective.

Randall continues to work the Colorado Blues scene and hopes to see you soon at one of his shows.



FRIDAY - APRIL 29
ANDY  SYDOW  BAND

Doors 6pm - 9pm showtime
$10 per person / MHBS members $6 per person
over 21 please

 "Sydow has a charismatic stage presence, and is an excellent songwriter, showing character beyond his years in both his lyrics and playing ability. With influences ranging from deep-south slide guitar, to jazz and funk, his songs take on an accessible, Americana feel, and he breathes life into traditional styles of music that allows for a new generation of fans, while still appealing to older-generations that grew up with blues, rock n’ roll, and folk music." -Colorado Music Buzz

Andy Sydow is a true treasure of Denver's rapidly growing music scene. His music dabbles in Americana, swampy Blues slide guitar, Southern Rock, Folk and Singer/Songwriter, all tied together by his heavy New Orleans influence. "I've loved music since I was a little kid, but it was seeing those southern New Orleans and Mississippi guys that really changed the game for me. When I saw guys like Henry Butler, Anders Osborne and North Mississippi Allstars, my passion for music was met on an entirely different level."

Sydow started playing the piano when he was barely old enough to walk and started taking lessons in the fourth grade. He added on saxophone in fifth, and guitar and harmonica a few years later. After graduating high school, Sydow attended the University of Colorado at Denver, majoring in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Piano. He performed in the schools signature traditional jazz ensemble, the Claim Jumpers for three years, and was the band leader for two. 

It was during his college years that he began playing around town regularly both as a solo act and with his full band. 

He has shared the stage with the likes of Delbert McClinton, Dick Dale and Bob Margolin, the ladder of whom was so impressed by his playing that he invited Sydow to sit in with his band for part of the night. When Margolin returned at the end of the same year, he invited Sydow to play piano with his band all night during a Denver show.  Sydow also performed with his band at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Festival, doing opening sets for both Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Kid Rock. He also performed a set in KBCO's Studio C.
 





Over 21 please
South Side Clyde rides again at Ziggies!! Join us for a night of NOT the SAME OLD BLUES! Orginals and tasty Undercover Covers by some of Denver's finest players!!
Scott Rivera - Drums, Vocals 
David Henderson - Guitar, Vocals 
Jodie Woodward - Bass 
Tone Show - Keys, Vocals

 

 





Doc Brown's Blues Band hosting - April 24, May 8 & 22


John Weeks Band hosting - May 1, 15, 29


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




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

Doc Brown's Blues Band
Hosting: April 24, May 8 & 22

John Weeks BandHosting: May 1, 15, 29

 



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



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

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

 
  Matty Graziano

 


 
Wednesday Jam
Alternating hosts - Robert Herrmann and Scott (SHACK) Hackler
 
Robert Herrmann

 
Scott Hackler - SHACK

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


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

 
 

Upcoming shows:

Thursday - April 21 - The Free Mason Trio

Friday - April 22 - John Weeks Band

Saturday - April 23 - Mojo Mama

Wednesday - April 27 - On Tour - Eli Cook

Thursday - April 28 - Randall Dubis

Friday - April 29 - Andy Sydow Band

Saturday - April 30 - South Side Clyde

Starting in MAY - all Friday and Saturday night shows will start at 
8:00pm and go until at least midnight.


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

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


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

Westword - Best of Denver 2015

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

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

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




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

              



Ziggies is Proudly Licensed and Member of:

     

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

For your convenience the affidavit PDF can be downloaded and printed from this link.  
 
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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Denver's Best Of... Winner


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

Ziggies at 51-years-old

December 1, 2015 by  

By Jackie St. Joan|

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Westword - Best of Denver 2014

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

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

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

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



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





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

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

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

6 Open mics in Denver worth checking out 

Ziggie’s
Sundays-Wednesdays

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

Westword - Best of Denver 2014 - Best Blues Jam 

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

Westword - Best of Denver 2014 - Best Blues Club 

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

CBS News 4 "Top Open Mic Venues in Denver" 

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

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

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

November 9, 2011 
Timothy Breckon
Denver Music Scene Examiner

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

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

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

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