The Demitro children - John, 24, Lulu, 22, and Demi, 20 - have been channeling spirits in the basement of their parents' idyllic north Boulder house for almost as long as they can remember.

Demi, the only one of the three who still lives in the house, said she'd recently conducted a seance with her friends on a candle-strewn table in her room, which is decorated with an upside-down rose, a porcelain doll, and other Gothic trappings that pay quiet homage to Wednesday Addams. ("She likes creepy stuff," older brother John said, swaddled in a velvet shirt on a muggy July afternoon. "We all do.")

Mostly, though, they're channeling their rock heroes. In their teenage years, it was through devoutly studied cover songs, divining Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Lennon through the guitars, piano and drum set strewn around the basement-turned-practice-space. Now, in two of Boulder's most promising rock bands, they interpret those rock ghosts rather than aping them: John and Lulu in their smoldering rock ensemble Bandits and Demi's band the Velveteers, which John also serves in as one of two drummers.

Both bands will play the 17th annual Underground Music Showcase this weekend.


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