BOULDER, Colo. — The official Otis Taylor Trance Blues Jam Festival is a weekend of public workshops and jams for musicians and fans of all levels and ages who wish to join world-renowned musicians such as Otis Taylor, Ron Miles, Daniel Sproul (of Rosehill Drive), and many, many more.

Taylor and the visiting artists will lead workshops on Saturday, and the event will culminate with the Saturday Night Trance-Blues Jam, an open-to-the-public audience-participation jam session with hundreds of musicians, steered by Otis Taylor and beginning at 7:00 p.m.

What: Otis Taylor’s Trance Blues Jam Festival
Where: E-Town Hall, 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO
When: Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Times:10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. – Concert starting at 7:00 pm. (doors at 6:00)
Cost: $50 for the workshop; $20 for the concert; or combination ticket $65 + fees

Please visit event web site(s) for complete information at



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Adrienne has let us know that her band Adrienne O will be opening for the national acts Chemistry Club and The Sound and Color at the Bluebird Theater on Thursday, November 13th. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 day of show. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with 8:00 p.m. set for the show’s start.

If you want to support Adrienne, get tickets directly from her at

They can be mailed or left at Will Call.


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COMBO has had several requests to offer a program on what to do when the club stiffs you for the money they promised – after you all came out and played for several hours, maybe set up your own sound system, promo’d like mad so your friends, family and fans would know you were playing. So we’ve set up such a program and we’re calling it – Lawyers, Clubs & Money – a play on Warren Zevon’s song, Lawyers, Guns & Money. Guest speakers will be Dave Ratner, Creative Law Network, L.L.C., a local, well-known entertainment lawyer, who will assist you with some simple contracts; David Barber, COMBO Board Member, whose book, “Gigging: Everything You Need To Know About Playing Gigs (Except How To Play Your Axe)”, contains a chapter on just this very subject; and COMBO Board Member and Ombudsman Annette Cannon. Annette has actually gotten a few clubs to pay up for our members and she’ll tell you how she did it.

When: Sunday, November 16th
Where: Breckenridge Brewery Ballpark Pub, 2222 Blake Street, Denver
Time: 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.
Cost: FREE!
Ages: All ages – The venue is a restaurant and people of all ages are welcome!

Remember: Metered parking is free on Sundays so come early for a free spot, and have dinner while you’re there!  The Breckenridge Brewery is catty-corner north from Coors Field (Blake is a one-way street going south).


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Titled “Strength in Numbers”, the Buffalo Rose will be hosting a fundraiser for Liz Hicks-Sterling. Our gal Liz was recently diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and as you all know treating cancer can be exhausting and costly. Liz has undergone a multiple hour surgery and is now in the process of enduring aggressive treatment. The good news is that this kind of cancer has a fairly high survival rate when treated properly. The bad news is that it is very costly to treat.  But with your help we can ease the burden that has been placed on her so that she can concentrate on surviving and not worry so much about the costs, and that is where YOU come in. Won’t you please join us for an evening of food, music, and friendship?

Dinner, Music, Silent Auction and the company of good friends.

Music by Denver’s own Hazel Miller of the Hazel Miller Band; Our Own Jefferson High Alumni direct from the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas –  Craig Thomas; and Steve Thomas of the Steve Thomas Band.

COMBO’s friend and former president of COMBO Tommy Nuhulu wrote this on Facebook on 11/03/14:

Dear Friends,

This morning I bring you a very special announcement. Please save this date if it’s still open, and share it with any friends you see fit. Hazel Miller headlines a benefit to help my very dear friend Liz who is undergoing treatments for ovarian cancer. I would LOVE to see you there!

When: Sunday, November 16th
Time: From 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Buffalo Rose, 1116 Washington Street, Golden, Colorado
Cost: $20


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Note that the event has moved to Lupita’s Restaurant, 11089 East Colfax, Aurora

From Kenny: Julie and I have just been through weeks of hell since Black Mold appeared (airborne) and I try to heal up health wise with my lungs and voice really suffering, and a horrible rash. Julie has had serious stomach problems as well as the skin rash, and the mental stress is beyond belief. Thank God we have each other and we appreciate all who have been so supportive. We now have lost most of our household furniture and some personal belongings. We are so thankful for our pictures and clothing being saved early, but it was very hard on us mentally when the landlord ignored the problem. If you have a good used bed or other furniture, let us know and maybe we can rebuild soon. We have moved and must start over. Hopefully our health will improve after moving to safer surroundings.

When: Sunday, November 16th
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Lupita’s, 11089 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
Cost: $10 at the door
All ages!

Also performing will be Kurt Lee doing an Elvis Tribute!

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Start making your plans now for this event at Ziggie’s:  The Mile High Blues Society and Ziggie’s presents a fundraising event to support the MHBS IBC winners who are going to Memphis in January to represent the Denver blues community!  Performing their IBC sets will be solo winner Randall Dubis and band winner Boa & The Constrictors, AND an open blues jam. $10 admission at the door, no “list.”

BBQ & Blues on a Saturday afternoon, Nov. 22nd. Doors at 2:00 p.m., music at 3:00 p.m. All Ages Welcome!  There will be silent auctions for great swag. Carla’s famous BBQ sold separately with profits going to support the bands. Come show your love and support for live local blues!

There are lots of videos from our IBC competition at our Youtube channel:  HERE

The Road to Memphis is Expensive – You Can Help!
Please do whatever you can to help send Boa & The Constrictors and Randall Dubis to Memphis to represent the Denver blues scene and compete in the International Blues Challenge. Go to their gigs, toss some green in their tip jar, and click the “Donate” button on our website to directly contribute to their travel fund.

Bruce Collins of Mission Amps has doubled his donation to $100 and he challenges other businesses involved in the Denver blues scene to match it!


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