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The Kate

THE KATE is a new national music series with artistic cred and a bit of edge, infused with the essence of the unabashed, spirited Katharine Hepburn.

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THE KATE is a new national music series with artistic cred and a bit of edge, infused with the essence of the unabashed, spirited Katharine Hepburn. The headline-heavy first season features artists who follow the Hepburnian philosophy that “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.“ Ann Wilson, Rickie Lee Jones, and former Saturday Night Live star Ana Gasteyer, are all breaking new ground in their already-established careers during THE KATE performances. These artists are iconoclasts, and their performances capture a particular feeling, an artistic vibe located just outside of the mainstream: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ann Wilson pushes her Heart aside and sings the blues; Rickie Lee Jones speaks openly about growing older in the music world; Gasteyer takes a turn as a sassy singer, weaving in comedic moments throughout. The intimacy of the venue means that THE KATE performers have a risky closeness to their material--and their audience. British song interpreter Barb Jungr and Broadway star Jarrod Spector round out the season, with the final artist to be announced soon. Insightful interviews with the performers open each episode, taped live at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, an intimate 250-seat venue in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Episode Descriptions

Season 1

Ana Gasteyer

When Ana Gasteyer steps up to the mic, she evokes the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for a good time. Her performance is a perfect blend of the tongue-in -cheek comedy you can expect from a former Saturday Night Live cast member combined with the vocal range of a seasoned Broadway star. Gasteyer’s eclectic range of covers and reimagined classics like “One Mint Julep” and “I Wish Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” to her surprisingly smooth rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”, are the perfect showcase of her musical chops and comedic genius. Gasteyer tells stories with humor, heartbreak…and just a little splash of soda. The patter is real, the themes adult, the lyrics are timeless, and the music swings like crazy!

Track List:

  1. One Mint Julep
  2. I’m Hip
  3. Cheek to Cheek
  4. Book of Love
  5. Crazy People
  6. Proper Cup of Coffee
  7. Before He Cheats
  8. Defying Gravity
  9. I Wish I could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate

Rickie Lee Jones

Two-time Grammy-winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. Her latest release, The Other Side of Desire,explores a new chapter in her life--her first album of new original material in ten years. In The Kate, Rickie Lee's performance provides a window into the meteoric rise and fade of the early days and the soul-stirring place her song writing emanates from now. Charming the audience with fan favorites like “Chuck E’s In Love” and the playful new tune penned for her daughter, “Jimmy Choos,” to the haunting piano-driven ballad “Infinity,” Rickie Lee Jones shares with audiences her signature bravado.

Track List:

  1. It Must Be Love
  2. Satellites
  3. I Wasn’t Here
  4. Chuck E’s In Love
  5. Jimmy Choos
  6. Feet On The Ground
  7. Christmas In New Orleans
  8. Infinity
  9. J’ai Connais Pas

Jarrod Spector

Actor and Broadway tenor Jarrod Spector channels the experience of playing 1500+ performances of Frankie Valli in Jersey Boysto deliver a dazzling storyboard of male vocalists from classic to modern. Experience the unstoppable energy of hits like “Good Vibrations,” “Uptown Girl” and “Walk Like a Man” paired with swoon-worthy renditions of “Maybe I’m Amazed” and Enrico Caruso’s “Una Furtiva.” Spector’s reverent interpretations illustrate his closeness to the material and his deep respect for these influential artists: Freddie Mercury, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, The Beach Boys, and of course, Frankie Valli. From “Star Search” to failed TV pilots, Jarrod’s story is told with humor, tender moments and powerful singing.

Track List:

  1. With a Little Help From My Friends
  2. Present to Past Medley: When I Was Your Man /But I Gotta Have Faith / Good Vibrations
  3. Sweet Home Chicago
  4. Unchained Melody
  5. Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing
  6. Good Golly Miss Molly / Tutti Frutti
  7. Maybe I’m Amazed
  8. Una Furtiva / Somebody to Love
  9. Walk Like a Man / Uptown Girl
  10. C'mon Marianne / Beggin'
  11. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Ann Wilson

Ann Wilson’s musical gifts are legendary; she has created a truly impressive body of work with her equally talented sister Nancy as part of the rock band Heart. Her voice has moved legions of fans and great singers across every genre of music. Now, Ann is doing something she’s always dreamed of--performing the songs she's been thinking about all these years in “The Ann Wilson Thing” (TAWT) on The Kate. TAWT is the equivalent of a mix tape gifted from Ann Wilson to her fans, providing an intimate perspective on her musical influences and inspiration. Songs like Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” Jeff Buckley’s “I Want Someone Badly” and Ike and Tina’s “River Deep Mountain High” prove that Ann Wilson is a master—fearless on stage. Her impassioned vocals and eclectic song choices are drenched in devotion to the song or the artist of origin and often sprinkled with personal innuendo.

Track List:

  1. For What It’s Worth
  2. A Fool No More
  3. Every Grain of Sand
  4. Isolation (off her Hope & Glory album-John Lennon)
  5. We Gotta Get out of This Place
  6. I Want Someone Badly
  7. Permission
  8. You Caught My Eye
  9. River Deep Mountain High
  10. Ain’t No Way
  11. The Danger Zone

Barb Jungr

Award-winning British songstress Barb Jungr is renowned for her vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Barb’s latest musical exploration, Shelter From The Storm, is a masterful take on healing songs arranged with the help of legendary jazz pianist Laurence Hobgood. Experience Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters of Mercy,” Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” through Barb Jungr’s provocative musical lens. It doesn’t take long to fall captive to Jungr’s cheeky British humor and charisma brilliantly paired with the conceptual weight and lyrical depth of her song selections. Jungr and Hobgood are joined by bassist Michael Olatuja (Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan) and percussionist Wilson Torres (In The Heights,The New York Philharmonic).

Track List:

  1. Shelter From The Storm
  2. Venus Rising
  3. Stars Lazy but Shining
  4. Something’s Coming
  5. Sisters of Mercy
  6. All Along The Watchtower
  7. Life on Mars
  8. Woodstock

Rita Wilson

Rita Wilson may be well-known for her acting roles (It’s Complicated, Sleepless in Seattle, CBS’s The Good Wife, HBO’s Girls) and producing chops (Mamma Mia!, My Big FatGreek Wedding) but her performance on The Kate proves that this Hollywood Hills native has a deep affection for songwriting and the joy that music brings. Rita Wilson charms the audience with her stories of growing up in the 60’s and 70’s—from teasing jingles from products like Charlie Perfume and Jordache Jeans—to her renditions of era classics like “Please Come to Boston” and “Wichita Lineman” from her CD of cover songs AM/FM.Wilson’s repertoire is varied mixing the influence of California pop on songs like “Girls Night In” and “I’m Guilty,”co-written with famed songwriters for her self-titled album, to a heartwarming homage of the sounds of Laurel Canyon and her admiration for Joni Mitchell. Rita Wilson demonstrates her vocal abilities, love of a good song and sense of humor, including her impressions of series muse Katharine Hepburn. She encourages the audience to have a good time and come “Along for the Ride”.

Track List:

  1. Along for the Ride
  2. Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues
  3. Medley: Will You Love Me Tomorrow / Love Has No Pride/ River
  4. Joni
  5. Girls Night In
  6. What You See Is What You Get
  7. Please Come to Boston
  8. Grateful
  9. Wichita Lineman
  10. I'm Guilty
  11. Angel of the Morning

Season 2

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch takes to The Katestage with See Jane Sing!, her comedy cabaret including special guests Kate Flannery (The Office)and Tim Davis (Glee’s musical arranger)backed by the swinging Tony Guerrero Quintet.

Track List:

  1. Slappin’ The Cakes
  2. Mr. Monotony
  3. Skeletons of Quinto
  4. Blood on the Coals
  5. Marzy Doats
  6. King of the Road
  7. Rosemarie
  8. Love Songs (Medley)
  9. Plant My Own Tree
  10. Anaconda
  11. The Party’s Over
  12. Songs That Made Us Cry As Kids (Medley)
  13. Ask Alice

Darlene Love

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love and her band perform a range of songs like “Forbidden Nights” from her recent Stevie Van Zandt-produced album, to classic hits like “Da Do Ron Ron” and “He’s A Rebel."

Track List:

  1. Among the Believers
  2. Love Kept Us Foolin’ Around
  3. Sweet Freedom
  4. Forbidden Nights
  5. Little Liar
  6. He’s Sure the Boy I Love
  7. He’s A Rebel
  8. Today I Met The Boy
  9. Da Do Ron Ron
  10. Marvelous
  11. River Deep, Mountain High

Kiefer Sutherland

Film and TV star Kiefer Sutherland lays his soul on the line and performs his very personal guitar-driven outlaw country/Americana inspired songs, steeped in storytelling and gritty realism. Featuring songs from his album Down In The Hole.

Track List:

  1. Can't Stay Away
  2. I'll Do Anything
  3. Truth in Your Eyes
  4. Not Enough Whiskey
  5. The Bottle Let Me Down
  6. Shirley Jean
  7. Honey Bee
  8. All She Wrote
  9. Down in a Hole
  10. Sundown
  11. Calling Out Your Name
  12. Knocking on Heaven's Door

Mary Lambert

Pop star, poet, activist, and writer Mary Lambert moves audiences to laughter and tears with her powerful prose, quirky humor, and unwavering compassion on The Kate. Includes the hit song “She Keeps Me Warm.”

Track List:

  1. Big Yellow Taxi
  2. Lay Your Head Down
  3. Do Anything
  4. So Far Away
  5. Body Love
  6. Monochromatic
  7. Hang Out With You
  8. Born Sad
  9. Know Your Name
  10. She Keeps Me Warm
  11. Secrets

Maurice Hines

Famed tap dancer and performer Maurice Hines entertains with heartfelt stories from his childhood days in show business with his brother Gregory, and sings classics like “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” and “Smile” and of course, wows the audience with his skilled tap moves.

Track List:

  1. Never Been in Love Before
  2. Every Day I Have The Blues
  3. Smile
  4. Love
  5. Luck Be A Lady Tonight
  6. It Don’t Mean A Thing
  7. Too Marvelous for Words

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash, one of the country’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, accompanied by her producer/husband, John Leventhal, graces The Kate stage and uses her lyrics as paints and her voice as the brush, to deliver a gorgeous sonic portrait, a deeply personal concert revealing the landscape of her career.

Track List:

  1. Modern Blue
  2. Sunken Land
  3. Etta's Tune
  4. A Feather's Not a Bird
  5. Dreams are Not My Home
  6. Long Black Veil
  7. Ode to Billy Joe
  8. Way We make a Broken Heart
  9. Western Wall
  10. I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me
  11. Tennessee Flat Top Box
  12. 7 Year Ache
  13. Things We Said Today
  14. 500 Miles