(KDVR – Denver) – Colorado is no stranger to producing big-name musical acts. But with Centennial State groups like OneRepublic, Big Gigantic, the Lumineers, Flobots and many other outfits all breaking onto the national stage in recent years, there is plenty of room on the local level for younger up-and-coming acts to walk the pre-blazed trail meandering through the Coloradan music scene.

Here are a few artists to consider sampling that have called Colorado home and are now making waves on streaming services like Spotify.

Velveteers – 47,824 monthly listeners on Spotify
This Boulder-based trio consisting of Demi Demitro, Baby Pottersmith and Jonny Fig started gathering a following with their doubletrack drum sound and their adoption of rock and roll principles that they refer to as “the riff, the rhythm, the snarl.”

Over the last few years, they’ve made enough noise to catch the ear of the Black Keys’ guitarist, Dan Auerbach, who invited them to Nashville to record their inaugural album, “Nightmare Daydream,” in his studio.

Dragondeer – 30,587 monthly listeners on Spotify
The band from Denver that Live for Live Music called “reminiscent of early Led Zeppelin” consists of four good friends all striving to put out a fusion of retro funk, trippy blues and soulful rock and roll, according to the band’s online bio.

Marcus King, Shakey Graves, Denver’s own Nathaniel Rateliff and other bluesy headliners have all shared the stage with Dragondeer. The band’s first album, “If you Got the Blues,” remains its sole release.
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