The state of Colorado is a hot spot for fresh musicians to hit it big. Aside from past stars such as John Denver, The Samples, Glen Miller, Antonia Brico, Judy Collins, George Morrison and Paul Whiteman, many local bands are finding lots of opportunity for fame and loyal fans from the Denver area.
In the last decade we’ve seen Colorado draw much national attention via tunes that flow from the fingers and lips of local musicians. Denver isn’t biased when it comes to favoring talented artists. Big Head Todd and the Monsters, India.Arie, Five Iron Frenzy, String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band and Cephalic Carnage are just a few famous Colorado-based bands that span the musical genre.
Within the last five years even more bands have exploded onto the music scene beyond Colorado. The Fray and OneRepublic are the most widely-known thus far. Flobots and 30H!3 fuse rap and rock together for a pleasantly agreeable sound, the first socially political-oriented and the latter spouting silly lyrics. Meese, Dressy Bessy, Air Dubai, Tickle Me Pink and Single File are pulling up in the charts. If you haven’t heard of any of these bands so far, then you must be living under a rock.
If you live under a rock but do watch movies then you must have heard of and love Little Miss Sunshine. For trivial knowledge’s sake remember that the entire score of Little Miss Sunshine was created by Colorado’s own DeVotchKa.
As long as you’re sitting in front of the tube, you’ve surely watched an episode or twenty of American Idol. Ace Young, a Colorado native who made a name for himself on American Idol wrote the lyrics for Chris Daughtry’s hit single, “It’s Not Over.”
Some up-and-coming bands to watch out for rocking the 303 Colorado are Pretty Lights, Gregory Alan Isakov, Aakash Mittal Quartet, Havok, The Epilogues, James & the Devil, Autumn Film and Nic Dime.
Colorado could be the next music capitol of the United States so going to hear that local band in LoDo Denver might not be such a bad idea after all.