Marc Cohn with Special Guests The Blind Boys of Alabama!

Marc Cohn joins season 4 of The Kate and brings along very special guests, the Blind Boys of Alabama! Please join us at 7:30 on Monday, January 7th for the live show taping at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are on sale NOW; just in time for gifting this holiday season!   PURCHASE TICKETS…

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Smash Hits, Behind-the-Scenes Stories and Special Guests

Desmond Child hit The Kate stage with everything he had! He regaled the audience with hits he wrote for Bon Jovi and Aerosmith and Ricky Martin; he recounted the stories behind those chart-toppers AND relished the crowd with not one, but two amazing special guests, Deborah Cox and Mandy Gonzalez! But don’t shed a tear…

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Sheila E Brings Her Message of Love to The Kate!

What a special evening we were treated to when Sheila E brought down the house on Sunday night!  She had the audience on their feet and at one point, in tears, as she asked us to share a hug with a stranger and to bring that love back out into the world with us.  She…

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Rosanne Cash: “When The Master Calls The Roll”

Rosanne Cash shares the story behind “When The Master Calls The Roll” from her Grammy-winning album, The River & The Thread.

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Mary Lambert performs “Sarasvati”

Check out the full version of Mary Lambert performing “Sarasvati” from her 2013 album Welcome to the Age of My Body on The Kate!

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Kiefer Sutherland opens up about fans reacting to his music

Kiefer Sutherland talks about that shocking moment when he first noticed a fan singing the words to his song “Not Enough Whiskey”. Check out his performance of the song as he performed it for The Kate audience.

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A CPTV Original series, The Kate presents bold performers with something to say.

By way of delicate beauty or razor-sharp wit, these artists captivate audiences with a revelatory charisma and irresistible charm akin to the fesity spirit of our muse, Katharine Hepburn.

Season 4 will premiere nationally beginning in April, 2019

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Marc Cohn with Special Guests The Blind Boys of Alabama

“What’s the story? Where’s the poetry in this? To me, that’s always the motivating factor in songwriting.” – Marc Cohn
“We sing from the heart, and what comes from the heart reaches the heart.” – Jimmy Carter, Blind Boys of Alabama

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Desmond Child

“More than talent and ambition, the thing that really makes a difference is having curiosity. Wanting to learn and see what happens next, and then everything follows that.”


Sheila E.

“I started all this as Sheila Escovedo, then became this persona named Sheila E. Now Sheila E. and Sheila Escovedo are the same person, still making music that comes from the heart.”

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John Oates

Americana Music is about all sorts of different music. It’s very free and open: a world where people just like authentic music.


Black Violin

“You know, hip-hop and classical, in a lot of ways, are both party music for different eras.” -Kev Marcus

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Jimmy Webb and Ashley Campbell

Jimmy Webb with Special Guest Ashley Campbell

“You reach a certain point in your life where the things you do and say do make a difference.”

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Marc Broussard

“Performing is where it is for me. I love getting on the stage, I love putting smiles on people’s faces. I feed off of it.”


Jarrod Spector and Kelli Barrett

“If it’s not deeply personal, it’s just a lounge act.” – Jarrod

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Nancy And Beth

“We are taking that idea of that old-fashioned entertainment that was so popular back in the day with musicals [like] Singin’ in the Rain, and we’re bringing it to this band with just a little bit more modern sensibility, and there’s kind of a wink involved.” – Megan Mullally


Rita Wilson

“I would watch these artists on stage and ache from wondering, ‘How can I get up there? How can I get to do that?'”


Barb Jungr

“A fearless iconoclast who dives into the deepest waters of popular song to wrest exotic treasure from the ocean floor…” — New York Times


The Ann Wilson Thing

“I love the blues. The Ann Wilson Thing gives me an opportunity to rock the blues up close and personal.”


Jarrod Spector

Jarrod’s story is told with humor, tender moments and great singing.


Rickie Lee Jones

“No beret, no boyfriends, no badass bravado. I am who I am, the age I am. But what I have is music; that is what I am offering.”


Ana Gasteyer

The patter is real, the themes adult; the lyrics are timeless, and the music swings like crazy!


Rosanne Cash

“You combine the personal and the mythical and if you don’t come up with a song then you’re not paying attention.”


Maurice Hines

“Theater is the ultimate. The one thing we think about is pleasing the audience and they give it right back, and when they do its heaven.”


Mary Lambert

“I hope people learn the power of vulnerability through my songs. I think vulnerability can save the world. Empathy helps people connect with each other.”

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Kiefer Sutherland

“I love to tell a story. The stories are actually mine and very personal.”


Darlene Love

“I get such joy out of performing for people, and you can tell whether they like you or they don’t like you the minute you walk out on the stage.”


Jane Lynch

“‘See Jane Sing’ is one of the most joyous experiences of my career. I love everything about theater and performing in front of a live audience is so rewarding.”