~ STARTING IN MAY ~ Sunday's opening at 1:30pm
Ziggies Presents the Sunday Blues & BBQ Series
On Most Sundays at 2pm ~ Blues & BBQ shows
~ ALL AGES WELCOME ~
Cover charge set by band with food sold separately
Check the calendar for upcoming shows!
Followed by the Sunday Blues Jam every Sunday at 7pm ~ FREE
4923 West 38th Avenue ~ Denver ~ 80212
Just east of Sheridan, between Yates & Xavier, on 38th Avenue in Northwest Denver
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:
Welcome to Ziggies
Colorado's Oldest Blues Bar
Established in 1964
Featuring Live Music 7 Nights A Week
Download an event calendar .pdf you can print or go to our Calendar Page for event details
We are located in the heart of Northwest Denver
just minutes from downtown, I-70, and I-25
we are close to two RTD bus routes (38 & 51)
Open daily at 6pm with free parking
No cover charge Sunday through Wednesday
With the cover set by band ~ Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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
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!
Ziggies presents 2013 Sunday Summer Blues & BBQ Series
Sunday's at 2pm - Blues & BBQ
ALL AGES WELCOME - Cover charge set by band with food sold separately
Followed every Sunday by the MHBS Sunday Blues Jam @ 7pm - FREE
May 5 - Randall Dubis Band
May 12 - Blues Rambler
May 19 - MHBS Harmonica Workshop with Ronnie Shellist (4pm)
May 26 - Mojoville
June 2 - Ridnell VanMeter
June 9 - Youth Jazz Benefit
June 16 - Mean Street Blue
June 23 - Bad Brad & The Fat Cats
July 14 - The Closers
July 21 - Peter Novelli (On Tour)
July 28 - The Outliers
IT"S HERE ~ The NEW New Belgium summer seasonal
Rolle Bolle ~ A NEW summer seasonal with soursop and monkfruit and a 5.5% alcohol content
The 2013 Ziggies Blues & BBQ
Sunday summer series with the next Blues & BBQ on
May 26 with Mojoville
No BBQ on May 19th as
MHBS presents a Harmonica Workshop at 4pm with
BLUES HARP SEMINAR WTIH RONNIE SHELLIST - MAY 19
Learn 10 new killer blues riffs! Ronnie Shellist is one of the best blues harp players in America and probably the best blues harp instructor. He travels all over the country teaching seminars, and we are very fortunate to have him back. This session will make you a better blues player: Learn 10 new killer blues riffs. 5 riffs in 2nd position, 3 in 3rd position, and 2 in straight harp 1st position. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and right after the seminar is the MHBS blues jam with The Blues Allstars where you can try out your cool new licks. Ronnie will be a the jam too. It all happens at Ziggies in Denver on May 19 starting at 4pm. The price for the seminar is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Sign up at the MHBS website!
Followed by the MHBS Sunday Blues Jam with
The Blues Allstars at 7pm ~ FREE
Thursday ~ May16
On Tour - Winners of the 2010
Independent Music Awards ~ Best Blues CD
Joe & Vicki Price
8pm ~ midnight
In 1951, this current incarnation of Joe Price arrived in Waterloo, Iowa. Unlike most kids of his generation, Price was never seduced by pop or rock ‘n’ roll music. Although his love for music was virtually immediate, it was country blues that grabbed him early; a bond that has never been broken.
It was a chance encounter with the late, great Chicago bluesman Earl Hooker, who the young Price caught in performance at a home town record store, that really sealed the deal. “He was unbelievable, that guy—he really flipped me out,” Price remembers. “He told me to cut the end of a bicycle handlebar off to make a good slide.”
Joe’s music became a crazy elastic form of old-school guitar blues that sounds like nothing else. The rhythms bounce and hop like a super-ball on caffeine, and at times, it sounds like two or three guitars at once, but it’s all just Joe slapping and hammering those strings and layering vibrations and tones over each other into this heady cocktail of joyous musical energy. The crazy tunings, the breakneck rhythms and the growling, dancing bass notes work together to weave a unique and utterly un-copyable sound and tone.
In 1971 Joe had made the move to Iowa City. It was a fertile time and place for the blues. Located on I-80, Iowa City was a natural stop for national touring artists connecting Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City. Beginning with the Rocket 88’s (through 1974) and continuing with the legendary Mother Blues (an edgy, three-headed beast featuring Patrick Hazell, Bo Ramsey and Price) from ‘75 till ’81, Joe played virtually non-stop. During that stretch, the band worked almost nightly, crisscrossing Midwestern bars and serving as the openers of choice at high-profile shows by Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Clifton Chenier, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, James Cotton and more.
In 1982 Joe escaped to Lansing in northeast Iowa. The picturesque burg happens to be near Waukon, the hometown of a pretty young blues belter, Vicki Ewing, who had captured his attention during a 1981 solo gig.
Vicki might be Iowa's answer to early Maria Muldaur (when she was Maria d'Amato) with strong currents of the likes of Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, the Mississippi River vocal twang, but rooted more solidly in the blues than they. With a more disciplined and structural guitar style providing a comping background spine to Joe's slide and lead work, the two styles dovetailed into a coherent convincing whole.
Joe and Vicki married in 1987, after having toured together for five years. Over their 27 years together they have opened for such notables as Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, Pine Top Perkins, Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Louisiana Red, Al Green, Greg Brown and Iris DeMent. Joe is a member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, The Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2008. They won the Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD 2010. The couple was awarded an official showcase at the Far West Folk Alliance Music Conference 2011.
The couple worked with Iowa’s Trailer Records from 1996 to 2007. Sadly, in 2007 Trailer Records shut its’ doors. Taking the initiative the couple released two CD’s on their home-grown label Blues Acres Productions; in October of 2008 A Brand New Place which features 10 new tunes penned by Vicki and in March of 2009 Joe’s collection of original songs Rain or Shine. Both releases made the top 100 CD’s of 2009 in Real Blues Magazine. A Brand New Place was nominated for Best independent release at the International Blues Challenge in 2008, Rain or Shine was nominated for 2009. Rain or Shine won an Independent Music Award for Best Blues CD 2010 and also won the IMA Vox Pop People’s Choice Award 2010. “Rain or Shine” has received rave reviews in major publications including Vintage Guitar Magazine, DownBeat Magazine, The American Music Guide, Blues Revue and the Chicago Sun Times.
Joe and Vicki appear regularly at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago and BB’s in St. Louis. From coast to coast, and from concerts, to clubs, to outdoor festivals, the Price's singular vision and dazzling, irresistible live performances continue to etch a steady, upward arc.
Friday ~ May 17
Randall’s Dubis’s resume reads like a who’s who in the blues music world having worked with so many great performers. Randall spent over two years touring fulltime with the great blues legend Sonny Rhodes traveling across the U.S. Canada and Europe including France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and Sicily. That tour included 21 Blues Festival appearances, 19 of which Sonny topped the bill. Additionally, Randall has performed with the late blues man Son Seals on club dates and festival appearances. Mentored both by Lap Steel king, Sonny Rhodes and Chicago Blues artist, Son Seals, it is clear Randall has absorbed the best of their styles and honored their influences in his performance skills.
Randall Dubis Blues Band
9pm ~ 1am
His career continues to grow in leaps and bounds with the release of his third CD, Bitter Sweet and having just completed a Canadian promotional tour. Randall is based out of Colorado and when he is not on the road he works the hometown festival and events scene.
Ziggies is lucky enough to be on Randall’s regular tour plans and will be playing a show this Friday night with his full band! You don’t want to miss this live performance.
Saturday ~ May 18th
9pm ~ 1am
The Closers are Marc Bilker (vocals), Lee Tibbetts (harmonica, vocals), Anthony Russo (guitar, vocals), Mike Lewis (bass, vocals), Teddy Carroll (drums). An energetic and engaging band, we want to bring you a good time every time.
Sunday ~ May 19
4pm ~ $20 MHBS Members or $30 Non-Members
Details above and at www.MileHighBluesSociety.com
Live music 7 nights a week, featuring open jams, Sunday through Wednesday, with Headliner Bands every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Sunday Blues Jam
Denver's longest standing Blues Jam every Sunday at 7pm
Doc Brown's Blues Band or The Blues Allstars
Acoustic Monday @ 8pm
with Terry Gulley
Tuesday Groovesday ~ Sit in with Featured Musician @ 8pm
Matty Graziano & Mostly Joe Hawkins alternate weeks.
Matty: May 21
Mostly Joe: May 14 & 28
Full backline including keyboard
Wednesday Open Jam with
Phil Dudden & Stefani Briggs
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
The Mile High Blues Society
The Longest Standing Blues Jam in Colorado at the Oldest Blues Bar in Colorado ~ Ziggies !!!
The Blues Allstars and
Doc Brown's Blues Band
on alternate Sundays
Doc Brown's Blues Band
Every Sunday ~ 7pm FREE
Peter Novelli - Lousiana Roots Tour - 2 Shows !!
JUST ANNOUNCED - Ziggies Denver is proud to present
Bad Brad & The Fat Cats CD Review
CD REVEW – BAD BRAD AND THE FAT CATS – “EYES ON THE PRIZE”
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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