Katie Herzig
Katie Herzig

Katie Herzig used to call Boulder home, but now the musician’s making waves around the country.

For seven years, the performer fronted Boulder’s Newcomers Home and she helped the band pack venues around town. The group called it quits in 2006 and Herzig moved to Nashville.


Who: Katie Herzig and Jessica Sonner

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: b.side lounge, 2017 13th St., Boulder

Cost: $10-$12


It was the right career move and Nashville put Herzig on the musical map.

Herzig’s songs now have been played on TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lipstick Jungle” and “Ghost Whisperer.” The former Boulderite’s tunes also have been featured on the “Sex and the City” movie soundtrack, and in the films “My Sister’s Keeper” and “The Secret Life of Bees.”

“I lived in Boulder and played with Newcomers Home between ’98 and 2006,” said Herzig, who returns to Boulder to play the b.side lounge on Tuesday. “I think we had a fresh sound at the time, and we definitely had good regional and independent success.

“I moved to Nashville because I was inspired by the artists and wanted to be part of the scene there. I wanted to get on the road with my solo career, and I also put together a team that could help get my music placed in film and TV.”

Herzig’s music has come a long way from her Colorado days. The performer’s become known for her acoustic pop sounds and now she’s touring behind her CD, Apple Tree.

“I’m going to be working on a new record, but Apple Tree’s had a lot of momentum,” Herzig said. “I’ve been touring with Brandi Carlile, and I’ve also opened shows for The Fray, Shawn Colvin and the Indigo Girls.”

Herzig’s also ventured into the world of TV commercials.

The performer’s tune “Two Hearts Are Better Than One” has been used for Frito-Lay’s “Made For Each Other” ad campaign. The colorful ad’s presented in a cartoon format and it’s attracted a new audience to Herzig’s music.

“I think more and more people are finding out about my music through TV shows and commercials,” Herzig said. “I’m also getting a great response from people who have heard my music online.

“I’m also excited to play the b.side with my new five-piece band. It’s been a long time since I played with a band in Colorado and it’s going to be fun!”

Owl City

Owl City’s got something to hoot about.

The electronic music act is really techno-whiz Adam Young. The enterprising artist has gone from recording late-night music sessions in his basement to becoming an Internet success story.

Owl City’s MySpace site has more than 50 million plays and the act’s selling out shows around the country. Forget about getting tickets to tonight’s show at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver — it’s sold out.

“Two years ago I made an electronica album partially on a whim and partially out of boredom,” Young said. “I created my music in the middle of the night, because that’s when ideas rush over me without warning and I’m the most inspired.

“The whole thing spread exclusively on MySpace, the Internet and by word of mouth. I don’t quite know what happened, but things started to progress. Things are starting to take off and people are starting to listen.”

Young’s debut CD is called Ocean Eyes and the performer’s been hitting the road to promote the project.

“I still have no idea why people like electronic music,” Young said. “What attracts me to it is how perfect you can make it — you can conduct an entire symphony from a computer chair. For those that find value in creativity, this is an exciting idea.”

Hot Buttered Rum

The Fox Theatre really likes Hot Buttered Rum, because the band’s playing Friday and Saturday shows at the club.

No doubt, the San Francisco group will be showing off its blend of acoustic, rock and bluegrass sounds at the Fox.

Hot Buttered Rum’s known as a premier music festival band, and the act’s shared stages with everyone from Ben Harper to Phil Lesh.

“We’re excited to play the Fox for two nights,” guitarist/vocalist Nat Keefe said. “We’re going to play some new songs and songs from the rest of our albums.

“We’re also getting ready to record a new record — and we’re already looking towards next year’s festival season.”