COMBO recently ran a Songwriting Contest where 19 songs were selected by our judges to be included on a compilation CD that will be given out to music professionals all over the country. Those songwriters were asked to showcase their songs during our Awards Celebration which honored Colorado music-related businesses for their contributions to helping out musicians throughout the state. “Fifty Cent Friend” took the stage to play many of their own award-winning originals. The band featured COMBO’s own Joel Ashmore on Bass, Doug Moe (guitar), Steve Fitzgerald (drums), Felix Abrams (vocals) and Guido Valeri (keys). The Hard Rock Café was a great place to hold this event – perfect venue, the food was good, and the staff was GREAT!
Showcase performances were by Kenzie Culver, Michael Morrow with Randy Mossman, Melissa & Jason Lycan, Jeffrey Dallet, Erik Nelson, Marisa Nikole, Andy Palmer, and Spencer Townshend Hughes and Jonathan Bray of The Hollow. Jenny Shawhan presented her new single release of “On She Goes” with Fifty Dollar Friend backing her up.
Barb Dye presented certificates to PROs & Songwriting Groups: ASCAP; BMI; SESAC; Nashville Songwriters Association Int’l – Denver, Colorado Springs and Longmont Chapters
Other Board members and the music-related businesses they honored were:
Annette Cannon – Clubs & Venues: Oriental Theater; Marquee Theater; Hodi’s Half Note; Hard Rock Café; Ziggies;
Tracey Chirhart – Promotion Companies/Entertainment Lawyers: Bands4Bands; CODA, Inc.; Stewart, Shortridge & Fitzke, P.C. (Accepted by Scott Fitzke, Esq.)
Clark Hagan – Recording Studios: Rocky Mountain Recorders; Blasting Room Studios (Ft. Collins); The Decibel Garden; Recordium Room (Loveland);
David Barber – Musicians’ Supplies: Elite Sound (Denver); Music-go-Round; Meeker Music, Inc.(CO Spgs); Marck Time Music (Pueblo); Mesa Music (Grand Junction);
Annette Cannon – Speakers: Stan Soocher; Terry Woodford; Rachel Alena; Dick Weissman; Jake Jabs
Margaret Day – Music Magazines: The Scene; University of Colorado – Music Program; 5280
Johnnie Johnson: Other Music Non-Profits: Colorado Blues Society; Mile High Blues Society; Setting the Stage; Tri-Lake Arts (Palmer Lake); Denver Open Media; and KUVO
Jamie Krutz – Musicians’ Services: Century West Productions (Northglenn); Globalsound (Broomfield); and Doghouse Studios (Lafayette)
Angela Whaley – Meeting Places: Denver Musician Association; Denver Ramada Inn; Bowman’s Bar and Vinyl; American Lifestyle Furniture, and Racine’s
Clark Hagan also presented a Special Award to Morris Beegle for his continued work with the music community in Northern Colorado. Morris was also a founding member of COMBO, f/k/a COMA.
We also want to thank Chris Kresge for telling us about some of the goings on in the northern area of the state. He updated us on the radio stations playing local musicians’ music including his own show, on the supportive newspapers, and on clubs and other venues.
See photos by David Barber – http://www.RockOnColorado.com. David is also treasurer of COMBO: https://www.coloradomusic.org/combo-songwriter-showcase-awards/
Photo: Jenny Shawhan with Fifty Dollar Friend (Doug Moe, Steve Fitzgerald, and Joel Ashmore) Photo by David Barber – Rock On Colorado .com