Melanie Live at the Durango Songwriters Expo in Boulder Sat, Oct 9th, 7pm

September 27, 2010
Press Contact: Jim Attebery at Tel. (970) 259-9747

Melanie Safka of '69 Woodstock fame and the controversial 1970s #1 hit "Brand New Key" makes a special guest appearance at The Durango Songwriters Expo Saturday October 9th joining Shawn Mullins, NRBQ legend Big Al Anderson, Chuck Cannon and Fastball's Tony Scalzo in the Expo's 2010 finale at the Omni Interlocken Hotel (Broomfield). The show starts at 7pm. Limited seating tickets and info available at or call 970-259-9747.

Melanie has had a unique and palpable impact on popular music from her unforgettable performances in 1969 at the Isle of Wight and the original Woodstock Music Festival. Through the last four decades, Melanie has never stopped touring all over the world and on her new Working Legend Tour, she enlightens yet a new generation about what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song...and her many fans agree that nobody does this better than Melanie.

Her songs have been covered by an amazingly wide variety of artists from Ray Charles, Joe Pass, Macy Gray, Cher, Dolly Parton, Meredith Brooks and Queen Latifah to alternative rockers The Dollyrots, Bjork, Nana Mouskouri, Nina Simone and Australian hip hop group The Hilltop Hoods.

Melanie begins her upcoming "Working Legend" tour at the Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs 10.10.10. More info at

The fifteen year old Durango Songwriters Expo, held last year in Colorado Springs, is one of the nation’s premier singer/songwriter events featuring a combination of informative panel discussions with music industry professionals, listening sessions (pitch your song!), showcases, and open mics. With registration limited to just 200 attendees and more than 40 music-industry pros and hit songwriters, this rewarding expo provides unparalleled networking opportunities for the aspiring songwriter, manager, publisher or promoter.

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Melanie's Legacy

• She performed at Woodstock '69 (famously)

• She wrote and performed the timeless #1 hit "Brand New Key" (I've got a brand new pair of rollerskates...)

• She wrote the widely commercialized "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma"

• Melanie was awarded Billboard's #1 Top Female Vocalist for 1972

• She has been long associated with the biggest names of the "baby-boomer" / "Summer of Love" music generation, from Bob Dylan and The Who to Johnny Cash.

• Famously appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show

• Is widely praised for her humanitarian and peace missions

"Brand New Key I wrote in about fifteen minutes one night. I thought it was cute; a kind of old thirties' tune. I guess a key and a lock have always been Freudian symbols, and pretty obvious ones at that. There was no deep serious expression behind the song, but people read things into it. They made up incredible stories as to what the lyrics said and what the song meant. In some places, it was even banned from the radio. My idea about songs is that once you write them, you have very little say in their life afterward. It's a lot like having a baby. You conceive a song, deliver it, and then give it as good a start as you can. After that, it's on its own. People will take it any way they want to take it." --Melanie on Wikipedia