Port City Music Hall
Katie Herzig

WCLZ presents

Katie Herzig

Elizabeth & the Catapult, Keelan Donovan

Fri, May 9, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$14 advance, $16 day of show, $30 Preferred Seating

This event is 18 and over

Buy tickets in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.portcitymusichall.com The Port City Music Hall Box Office will be open one hour before doors on night of show

Katie Herzig
Katie Herzig
After the critical and commercial success of her 2011 album, The Waking Sleep, and its subsequent packed-out tours, Katie Herzig will finally release her new record, Walk Through Walls, this Spring. A celebratory, love-struck album of sublime dream pop. Herzig has spent years playing festivals such as Bonnaroo and Summerfest and touring as a headliner and as support for Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, The Fray, and as a member of 10 out of Tenn. She has had her music licensed for innumerable film, TV and commercial uses. Including over 10 songs on Grey's Anatomy and most recently her song "Lost and Found" was featured in the trailer for Disney's Saving Mr. Banks and in a commercial for Carnival Cruises. Herzig can be heard on RAC's new EP with their song collaboration "We Belong," currently featured on KCRW. Herzig has also co-produced songs on Ingrid Michaelson's forthcoming 2014 album, as well as writing and co-producing a single last year for Ruby Amanfu called "Bluff." To put Herzig in any sort of box is for it to be broken as she continues to outdo herself with each new release. Her live show is a dynamic full-band set that is as intimate as it is epic, what listeners have come to expect of Herzig, who will tour Walk Through Walls this spring with her band throughout the US.
Elizabeth & the Catapult
Elizabeth & the Catapult
Take a clear and powerful voice, add a memorable melody and set it to unique, sophisticated harmonies, and what emerges is Elizabeth and the Catapult’s singular sound. At a time when so much music is saturated with familiarity, the band’s style, which Northeast Performer describes as “a mixture of organic jazz, rock and pop,”is a welcome departure from a well-beaten bath.

Comprised of Elizabeth Ziman (vocals, keys), Danny Molad (drums), and Peter Lalish (guitar), Elizabeth and the Catapult came into existence in 2004.
In the less than two years since their move to New York, Elizabeth and the Catapult has already racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. In May and August of 2006 they were featured on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” as well as PRI’s “Fair Game with Faith Salie”. At the end of the year they were dubbed by NPR as “One of the Best Discoveries of 2006”. The Catapult have had residencies at clubs such as the Living Room and Rockwood Music Hall, and after opening for national headliners like Jessie Harris, Kirk Kirkwood (of The Meat Puppets fame), The Wood Brothers (of Medeski, Martin, and Wood), and Amanda Palmer (of The Dresden Dolls) there was enough buzz about them to support a tour and label interest on the West Coast. All of this success also earned them a place as the Billboard Underground Artist for last October.

Bound by a common love of eclectic influences, Elizabeth & the Catapult draws inspiration from artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell, and Jon Brion- as well as classical influences such as Debussy, Ravel and Chopin. One explanation for the bands musical diversity is Elizabeth Ziman’s musical background. She was trained as a classical pianist until the age of sixteen. “As a kid, I used to practice all the time…”

Elizabeth explains. “But one day I realized that I couldn’t lock myself in a room for eight hours a day…that’s when I started writing and singing.” After that, it quickly became apparent that her vocal abilities rivaled her piano kills. In 2002, Elizabeth successfully auditioned to be a background vocalist for soul-queen Patti Austin and ended up joining her on tour for the next year and a half. Elizabeth’s experience along with Pete and Danny’s folk/rock sensibility piece together to make up the band’s harmonically distinctive pop sound, a sound well reflected in their stylistically diverse new EP.

After a listen to the Elizabeth and the Catapult EP, it is immediately clear that a great deal of thought went into each of the songs’ arrangements. Strings, Horns, Marimba and Synthesizers are all blended together, creating an organic, off-beat style that fans have often referred to as “baroque pop”. The sound of the EP is also shaped by the guerilla-style fashion in which it was recorded. Drummer Danny Molad recorded most of the EP in basements and bathrooms, producing the album, along with Elizabeth, in an incredibly modest home studio. With these limited resources, Elizabeth and the Catapult managed to produce an expertly mixed album. Every note of the EP sounds deliberately placed while there still manages to be an air of effortlessness that penetrates throughout all the songs.

In their recordings as well as live performances, Elizabeth and her band members bring together all their backgrounds and experiences to make music that they themselves enjoy. They acknowledge their amorphous style and readily admit that it probably scares record labels. Even so, Elizabeth asserts that she is “not interested in assigning herself a specific style.” Elizabeth and the Catapult are proud of their ever-changing sound and are committed to keeping their music fresh and creative.
Keelan Donovan
Keelan Donovan
Yep, I'm from Maine. Portland, Maine, to be exact. So when you're talking with me, be cognizant of my background and don't hold it against me when I mispronounce the word "room" or "hockey." I'm not doing it on purpose. That being said if you ever hear me complain about how cold it is, kindly remind me of how "wicked cold" it is back home and that "I should know better."

I play music because it's how I feel. I like to make people dance. I'm an extravert that needs to let my emotions out somehow, and music/songwriting is my greatest benefactor.

I draw much inspiration from my time and experiences in the part of the world known as Vacationland - Maine - where you can sit and read a Stephen King book in the same small town in which he so terrifyingly writes about. I'm sorry, I don't mean to scare you. My songs are for the most part, happy. With two EPs released and more on the way in 2014, I hope to convey my passion for music to all who come to listen, dance, and sing along. I recently finished my college education at Belmont University and can now be found on the streets, bars, and music venues of Nashville, Tennessee.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101