Meghan Trainor – met her publisher at the Durango Songwriters Expo!

Meghan Trainor – met her publisher at the Durango Songwriters Expo!

Here we go again, gang! Another year has begun and another Durango Songwriters Expo (since 1996) is right around the corner! Join Expo Co-Founder Jim Attebery and other famous (and infamous!) Durangonians at our annual Meet and Greets in the Denver/Boulder/Broomfield area as we get ready for our Fall Colorado Expo!

What is the DSE?

We all need to be inspired to create. Few things are more inspiring than spending quality time with smart, talented, like-minded people who understand what you do…and are passionate about it, in fact. You WILL be inspired at the DSE.

Do you really know what’s going on in the “industry”? (It’s changing!) Have you been honestly critiqued by more than your friends, family and current fans? We learn through failure, through trial and error. You have to be willing to try yourself against your peers so that you can get better at your craft, your art, your job. You’ll LEARN at the DSE.

You will be motivated to create, produce, direct and manage more projects by the time you leave the DSE. You will not only see that you CAN do it, you’ll be more inspired to do it…and you’ll be far more equipped to take action, to “just do it.”

Limited to 200 attendees with 30-40 top music industry people there to help YOU. Since 1996.

You can call Jim at 970.259.9747 and register for the Boulder Expo Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2016 being held at the super nice Omni Interlocken Resort and Hotel. If you are a paid COMBO member, be sure and mention that for a discount.

Go here for all the details and print out our PDF Brochure.

“Every handshake here is important…” –Meghan Trainor

Song Listening Sessions
Get feedback on your song in person, directly from the pros.
1. You may submit to a maximum of 3 Song Listening Sessions (only one selection per time slot)
2. Along with your registration fee, circle Song Listening Sessions on other side of form.
3. Do not mail CDs for Listening Sessions! Bring CD with you to Listening Sessions. Make sure song selection is clearly marked on CD.
4. ALSO, bring 3 typewritten copies of lyric sheets to each session.
5. We will try to accommodate all suggested preferences, though we can make no guarantees.
6. Song Listening Session assignments will remain posted in Thursday’s sign-in area throughout the event.

Singer/Songwriter Showcase
We will be selecting performing singer/songwriters for live showcases to be held on Thursday, Sept. 29th and Friday, Sept. 30th. Showcase your talent in front of major music industry decision makers. The deadline to apply for this has passed. Showcase available to attendees only.

Questions? Call Jim Attebery at 970-259-9747

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COMBO’s Outreach Program in Colorado Springs – Monday, Sept. 26th

COMBO has several members in the Colorado Springs region that have asked for us to hold a meeting there since it is a little hard to get up to Denver. We’ve held a meeting in Fort Collins and will do another soon. So – working with Amy Whitesell of A Music Company, Inc., and Dave Richards of the Random Detour Band – we have set up a meeting at the upstairs room at Jack Quinn’s, 21 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs for Monday September 26th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Barb Dye, president of COMBO, will be there to host the meeting and is looking forward to seeing “old friends” again!

Amy has gathered up a panel of 4 music or music-related professionals from Colorado Springs to speak to guests about the Business of Music. These speakers include Randy Block from Green Mountain Studios (a local Colorado Springs recording studio); Jack Quinn’s general manager Les Bridget who also does their booking (he’ll tell you what he looks for when hiring a band); Steve Harris, a festival promoter, who has presented Rocky Mountain Highway and the MeadowGrass Music Festival; and a writer who covers bands and concerts from one of the local newspapers.

The meeting is free and open to the public. All ages may attend, too! Please pass this info onto your musical friends and come!

What: COMBO Meeting on “The Basics of Promoting Your Band”
Where: Jack Quinn’s, 21 South Tejon Street in Colorado Springs
When: Monday, September 26th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE! And the venue will also throw in some appetizers!
Who: All people who are interested in the Business of Music – no matter what your age. The venue is also a restaurant so Under 21s are welcome!

As this is a Monday night, parking will be relatively easy and free as paying ends at 6:00 p.m.

We sincerely want to thank Amy Whitesell for taking the initiative to set this up for COMBO, and to Dave Richards for their assistance in getting this off the ground.

Amy Whitesell



Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub is a nationally-recognized establishment located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, Colorado. One block from the Antlers Hilton Hotel, the pub is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

The restaurant offers a full menu of Irish fare and continental cuisine. A popular weekend Brunch is available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Banquet facilities offer great space for celebrations of every size. The pub includes two spacious floors of dining and bar service with authentic interiors imported from Ireland.

Jack Quinn is a “Public House” in the true sense of the term, and is a hub of social activity for downtown Colorado Springs throughout the year featuring live music and other entertainment, Irish cultural events, local and national sports (we feature our own Jack Quinn’s Running Club on Tuesdays) and hosting and support for many community events.

Join us for the very best in Irish hospitality, cuisine and music! Children are welcome and enjoy their own menu until 10:00 p.m.

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