Carla Jordan plays the blues on her kazoo (photo from her Facebook page)

So excited! Next guest speakers at the COMBO meeting are Carla Jordan, former owner of Ziggie’s, Bobby Messano, and President Barb Dye will compare the PROs and will explain Sound Exchange! Carla will give us the perspective of a club owner when it comes to the PROs. And on the songwriter’s side, Bobby will explain how belonging to a PRO helps him to get paid. See bios below!

The meeting is free, open to the public and to all ages. It will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. in the Irish Snug’s Dublin Room downstairs. Come early and order dinner from The Snug’s awesome menu! Now is your chance to network with other musicians and to get information that will be valuable to you in the future!

What: COMBO’s Next General Meeting on PROs: ASCAP, BMI, SESAC
When: Monday, September 23rd
Where: Irish Snug, 1201 East Colfax, Suite #100, Denver, CO | Telephone: 303-839-1394
Time: 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free!
Age: All ages! (Remember – The Irish Snug is a RESTAURANT! (NOT “just a bar”). Come early and have dinner. Bring the teenagers… or the guys in the band who are under the age of 21!)

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Carla Jordan

[Couldn’t find a bio on Carla but here’s what she accomplished!]

Ziggies is Permanently Closed! The building is now vacant, 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 anew.

From 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.

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Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Artist who has released seven Solo CDs, placed songs in many TV and Cable shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums.

His playing has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones’ smash hit “Into The Night”.

The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the ‘60s hit act, “The Shadows of Knight”.

Live he has played guitar and been the music director for Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm and Country artists Jimmy Wayne, Rodney Atkins and Steve Holy.

The guitarist’s last five CD’s ( “Holdin’ Ground”,” Bobby Messano Live In Madison”, “that’s why I don’t sing the blues “, “Welcome To Deltaville” and “Love & Money”) have garnered 26 Grammy 1st Round ballots in 8 categories and airplay on over 275 Blues shows.

Bobby has played or headlined:
~ The Charleston Blues Festival,
~ Smokin’ In Steel, Summerfest,
~ Charlotte Speed Street,
~ Blues Brews & BBQ,
~ Blues At The Beach,
~ Bayfront Blues Festival,
~ Deltaville Seafood Festival,
~ Willow River Blues Fest,
~ Ambassador Blues Fest,
~ Colonial Beach Blues Festival, and Southern Maryland Blues Festival.

“that’s why i don’t sing the blues” was on the American Blues Scene’s Blues Top 5 Chart for 24 weeks and was named 2012 Top Blues/Rock Album (USA) by Blues Underground Network. Between 2012 and 2016, Bobby played over 400 shows in 32 states to over a ½ million people.

On December 22nd , 2012, the artist was inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame”. His CD’s are heard daily on “Sirius/XM’s B.B. King’s Bluesville and “Love & Money” which was released in April 2015 was nominated for a prestigious Blues Blast Award for “Best Rock-Blues Album” in August 2015. It debuted on the Billboard Blues Chart at # 7, peaked at #1 and spent a total of nine weeks in the Top 10. It was also #7 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and Top 40 on both the Billboard Rock and Indie Charts.“Love & Money” also ended 2015 at #44 on the Roots Music Report Chart.

Bobby’s newest CD “Bad Movie” will be released on April 15,2017. It is a collection of fifteen incredible songs written with major co-writers Jon Tiven , Larry Weiss and Steve Kalinich and features the amazing “Come To Your Senses” written by Queen founder Brian May and Jon Tiven and the haunting duet “Water Under The Bridge” with Bobby and Alecia Elliott (2001 AMA Nominee) “Bad Movie” offers a unique perspective of personal traumas and a country in a state of flux and the early reviews have been outstanding.


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Mark these on your calendar now!
Monday, October 21st – General Meeting: Storm Gloor on the Music Cities Convention;
Friday, November 15th – Songwriting Contest Winners Showcase at the Walnut Room
Monday, December 9th – COMBO’s Holiday Dinner – Location to be announced

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