Today, we’re kicking off our 2019 Spotlight Series that will highlight the incredible talent gracing Levitt stages across the country. First up? Blues rock outfit Dragondeer, which is bringing their raw vocals, rambling harmonica solos and deep grooves to Ruby Hill Park, where they’ll kick off Levitt Pavilion Denver’s 2019 season! Levitt Denver concertgoers are in for a dynamite show that will have everyone swaying their hips and enjoying the nostalgia that comes along with warm summer nights.
Predicted by Boulderbeat to be “Colorado’s next big music name,” Denver-based Dragondeer brilliantly nods to the best of classic American rock while looking to the future. The result is a thick blues-rock reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and the Black Keys fused with psychedelic sounds that play homage to bands such as Taj Mahal and the swampy funk of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The band’s heavy yet pure sound is fronted by lead vocalist Eric Halborg, whose sincere, gravelly lyrics are accompanied by his harmonica and guitar. Casey Sidwell (bass), Carl Sorensen (drums) and Cole Rudy (guitar, lap steel and mandolin) hold down the rhythm section with a heavy groove and confident effortlessness that echoes the demeanor of their rock n’ roll predecessors.
Inspired by the remote, tranquil atmosphere of their recording digs in the hills of California’s Topanga Canyon, Dragondeer released their first debut full length LP, If You Got The Blues, in March of 2018. The album, produced by Mark Howard (who has worked with musical legends to the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Willie Nelson), features twelve tracks that showcase the band’s raw talent and singularity while taking listeners on a soulful and bluesy journey through heartbreak, solitude, comradery and compassion.
Along with their many show-stopping solo performances on high-profile stages at SXSW, the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and Red Rocks Amphitheater, Dragondeer has shared the stage with artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Shakey Graves, Drive By Truckers and more.
In honor of tonight’s show, start your Memorial Day weekend fun early with Dragondeer’s delightful Jam in the Van video featuring a live performance of their song “Don’t That Feel Good.” Clad in sunglasses, barets and vintage button-downs, and lit by the van’s twinkling lights, the group chemistry, comradery and originality are undeniable. This band is a trailblazer, fusing the past with the future of American rock, and you won’t want to miss out on the ride!
Stayed tuned for next week’s artist as part of our 2019 Spotlight Series!