EVENTS: COMBO’s Next General Meeting – Sunday, February 12th – Grammy Watching Party at The Ramada Inn, Colfax & Marion – 6:00 p.m. on …
The biggest night of the year has come for musicians – the Grammys! COMBO invites you to join us to watch the show with friends, musicians, and others in the music business for this fabulous night of entertainment with songwriters, producers, and performers being singled out for their work. Please feel free to join us – bring a friend or two. Don’t sit at home by yourself! Come join us for a pleasant, social evening and a chance to get to know more musicians and music-related business professionals in the area.
What: COMBO’s February General Meeting – The Grammys!
Where: Lounge, The Ramada Inn, Colfax & Marion, Denver (between Broadway & York)
When: Sunday, February 12th
Time: 6:00 until the show is over (around 10:00 p.m.) Come whenever you can!
Brian at the Ramada has assured us that the restaurant will be open so you can come early (or later) and have dinner, too. Parking in the Ramada lot is free but be sure to get a pass from us. Or feel free to park on the street. No charge for parking on Sundays! And of course the bar has lots of yummy drinks to choose from if you’d like.
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Colorado Artist Busy Making Grammy Statues
Ridgway, Colo. (CBS4)– An artist in Ridgway is busy making the trophies for Sunday’s Grammy Awards.
John Billings is often called the “Grammy Man.” He makes each trophy by hand, one at a time.
Statues for other award shows are often carved by machine or outsourced overseas.
It takes more than 15 hours to make a single Grammy. It takes Billings about a year to make 600 trophies.
Billings, 72, grew up in Los Angeles and apprenticed for Bob Graves, who crafted the very first Grammy statue in 1959. On his deathbed in 1983, Graves passed on his legacy.
“He asked me to promise that I would not let another company get the Grammy awards, that I would keep them,” said Billings.
Each Grammy starts with the base and then 650 degree molten mix of metals is hand-poured into a custom mold.
It solidifies almost instantly into the phonograph shape that is the Grammy.
Watch the 59th annual Grammy Awards on CBS4 at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12