The Fray, One Republic, DeVotchKa and Earth, Wind & Fire are just a few world-famous bands that call the Mile High City home. Together, these artists have paved the way for other lesser-known musicians to make it big, most recently The Lumineers, and given the Denver music scene tons of exposure. With the massive growth our city is currently experiencing, the number of talented musicians around town grows by the day. Here are five of the best up-and-coming bands from the Denver area who are primed for a breakout year in 2016.
That Damn Sasquatch

That Damn Sasquatch has quickly become a favorite in the local scene. They blend an interesting combination of bluegrass, country, blues and rock to create a sound that is unique. An upbeat vibe with an old-school sound, this band is definitely worth checking out. The band has made great strides over the last two years, performing at Rythms On The Rio, a festival in South Fork, Colorado, and winning Denver Westword’s Music Award in the Bluegrass category. They have nowhere to go but up, so be sure to check them out online and keep an eye out for their name at events in 2016.

The Drunken Hearts

This six-piece band hails from the high country, and their blend of rock and country is a sound for sore ears. The Drunken Hearts released “Live For Today” in 2012 and have been on the rise ever since. Rarely do you find much soul in a rock band, but The Drunken Hearts have it. 2016 is already looking like a good year for them, as they’re scheduled to play a few shows including the WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon. Be on the lookout for these guys, and be sure to check them out in Avon come February.

One Flew West

Since their formation in 2010, One Flew West has exploded onto the scene. In just a few short years, they have already shared the stage with some of Denver’s biggest names like 3OH!3, as well as other popular names like The Dirty Heads and Brick & Mortar. Not only that, but they’ve already headlined some of Colorado’s most iconic venues such as The Fox Theatre, The Aggie in Fort Collins, and The Gothic. Their new project, titled “Selective Memory,” was released on Oct. 29 and blends the sounds of rock and roll, folk, country and pop into a crisp, easy listening five-song EP. They will be headlining a show Jan. 16 at the Marquis, so be sure you don’t miss out on one of the best local acts around.

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Nick Miller, better-known as Illenium, has made huge waves over the past year and is primed to be a breakout artist in 2016. This Denver-based producer’s melodic remixes and originals captivate audiences and invoke powerful emotions in just a few short seconds. His SoundCloud already boasts millions of views, with his remix of Kaskade’s “Disarm You” reaching 3.2 million by itself. He just played Colorado’s largest dance party (Decadence) and will be on festival lineups across the world throughout the coming summer.

Megan Burtt

Born and raised in Denver, Megan Burtt left the city after high school to attend the Berklee School of Music in Boston. After graduation, she lived in Mississippi where she studied the roots of American Blues music and begin her foray onto the scene. Since then, she has not only won multiple competitions and awards, but has toured the world, playing shows as far away from home as Vietnam. This can’t-miss Colorado act has big things in store for 2016, and will be stopping by the Bluebird on Jan. 21, so get your tickets today.

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