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Posted by Karen in Live Music at the Kate, Musical Events at The Kate, The Connecticut Arts Scene, Things to Do in Connecticut, tags: All Things Considered, Allison Krauss, American Music, Amy Helm, Bill McGarvey, Bluegrass, Blues, Brad Mehldau, Broadway Standards, Byron Isaacs, CBS Sunday Morning, Connecticut, David Bromberg, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Fiona McBain, Georgia Rose McBain Leone, Glenn Patscha, Gospel, Great Hudson River Revival, Harold Mabern, Jackie McLean, jazz, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Laurie Anderson, Levon Helm Midnight Rambles, Live Music at The Kate, Lizz Wright, Loudon Wainwright III, Lowdowners, Neon Blue Bird, Newport Folk Festival, NPR, Ola Belle Reed, Old Saybrook CT, Ollabelle, Richard Thompson, Rock, Roger Waters, Roots, Ryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, South by Southwest, Stephen Collins Foster, Swanee River, T. Bone Burnett, The Kate, things to do in CT, Tony Leone, Union Station, University of Hartford, Willie Nelson, Zydeco
The summer is only just beginning to heat up at the air-conditioned Kate as we celebrate American music in all of its colors and flavors, from folk-rock to bluegrass, from New Orleans zydeco to crazy jazz, the next three months at the Kate will have programming that appeals to all musical tastes, including those who enjoy Broadway standards delivered by one of the Great White Way’s legendary stars.
This Friday, June 15th, you can kick-start the season with a concert by the New York based folk-rock-roots band, Ollabelle, who are stopping by the Kate on their way to perform on Sunday at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival. It’s a great treat to see them perform locally. The group started out playing gospel tunes in a Lower East Side bar in the days after 9/11, but together they have grown in style and interests so that their sound now incorporates roots, rock, gospel, jazz, bluegrass and the blues. I can guarantee that you’ll find it hard to just sit without becoming an involved audience member.
In their 10 years together, they’ve attracted the admiration of such esteemed artists as Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, T. Bone Burnett and Allison Krauss. Named after the late Appalachian songwriter Ola Belle Reed, Ollabelle has appeared at the Newport Folk Festival and Austin’s South by Southwest. Together and separately, they have performed with some of the top names in American music today. Band members Singer Amy Helm and bass player Byron Isaacs, for example, have performed with Amy’s dad, Levon Helm, at his Midnight Rambles at Levon’s barn and on the road. Keyboardist Glenn Patscha has worked with Willie Nelson, David Bromberg, Sheryl Crow, Roger Waters, Lizz Wright, Ryan Adams, Laurie Anderson and Loudon Wainwright III, who–be sure to make a note of this–is scheduled to perform at the Kate on Sunday, August 5th.
Of special interest to those who enjoy following the careers of local artists, Ollabelle’s drummer, the very talented Tony Leone, is originally from New Britain and studied at the High School of the Performing Arts in Hartford where he discovered his love for jazz and improvisation. He subsequently studied orchestral percussion at the University of Hartford under the late, great jazz legend Jackie McLean, later working with such artists as West Hartford’s Brad Mehldau, Harold Mabern, Bill McGarvey and the Lowdowners. He’s also married to fellow bandmate, Fiona McBain, who are the proud parents of Georgia Rose McBain Leone.
Ollabelle has toured with such artists as Allison Kraus and Union Station, Diana Krall, and alt. country genius Ryan Adams, as well as making appearances on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CBS Sunday Morning and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
They’ve recently issued their third CD, “Neon Blue Bird,” which was partially recorded in Levon Helm’s studio. It’s probably their strongest recording to date, as it showcases the vocal talents of each of the five members taking their turns as lead vocalists. It’s a mash-up of new songs, innovative covers and some remarkable takes on more traditional material including a terrific version of Stephen Collins Foster’s “Swanee River.”
Everyone at the Kate is looking forward to spending an evening with this remarkable group. Believe me when I say that their range and scope offers something for almost every musical taste.
See you at The Kate!
Posted by Ann in Construction Updates, Katharine Hepburn, tags: Connecticut, General Electric, HBO/Cinemax, Katharine Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, May 25th 2009, McDonald's, Memorial Day, Mike Eagle, Old Saybrook, Open House, Philips, The Hartford, The Hartford Art School, The Kate, United Technologies, University of Hartford
Architectural Rendering by Mike Eagle. Click to enlarge.
As we get ready for tomorrow’s Open House on Memorial Day from 12:00 till 2:00 p.m. at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center and Theater we wanted to show you this beautiful rendering of the theater done by artist, Mike Eagle.
Board of trustee member, Bob Czepiel commissioned Eagle to do this for the theater. This is the first of two renderings. It’s a view from the 50-seat balcony looking down on the main floor of the theater. The colors you see are true.
You’ll note the blue color of the ceiling. That was the original color that was painted on the ceiling of the venue when it opened in 1911. The walls are a bisque color and the seats, permanent and removable, are in a crimson red and very plush and comfortable. Katharine Hepburn loved the color red.
You’ll also note the catwalk that has been added and the turn of the century chandeliers.
The second rendering will be from the opposite view, from the stage looking into the balcony. Both of these renderings will be on easels on the main floor of the theater for Monday’s Open House. We will be serving coffee and Hepburn’s famous brownies and we will be giving tours Most of the board of trustees, including yours truly will be guiding you around the theater so you can get a real feel for what it will be like when we have our first performance on August 1.
Mike Eagle graduated cum laude from The Hartford Art School of The University of Hartford.
Mike then served in the U.S. Army as an officer in The Corps of Engineers and returned home and headed back to his artistic roots as a free-lance illustrator.
His clients have included General Electric, The Hartford, McDonald’s, Philips, HBO/Cinemax, and United Technologies and now “The Kate.”
Mike you did a beautiful job and we thank you.
So come to the Open House tomorrow and see the theater…have some refreshments. The day actually commemorates the building’s 98th birthday…she opened up on May 25th, 1911 for the very first time!
See you at “The Kate!
Ann Nyberg, Trustee
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