A CPTV original series, filmed live at the Kate!

Katharine Hepburn once famously quipped, “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.”

A lively and original  national music series, The Kate, pays homage to the series muse and namesake, evoking the high-spirited charisma and iconoclastic essence of the cultural icon by featuring a dynamic lineup of vibrant artists who have something to say,and share it during their performances.

Produced by Connecticut Public, The Kate is filmed in front of a live audience at the exquisite Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, a historic, 250-seat theater, known as the Kate, in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

The series steps out of the traditional live music television format to bring viewers on an intimate journey with artists who are exploring new creative directions, expanding vocal boundaries, and re-imagining their art in surprising and innovative ways. They span an array of musical genres, from rock, pop, blues, jazz, and Broadway. The Kate immerses viewers in the full experience — on stage, back stage, in the theater — capturing the palpable connection of performers with the audience in the intimate performance space of the Kate.

“We are beyond excited with this innovative collaboration with CPTV and thrilled to bring these fantastic performers to our venue and audiences,” shared Brett Elliott, the Executive Director of the Kate.”

Season 5: 


Episode 502: DELBERT MCCLINTON  (filmed Aug 20, 2019)

Episode 503: JOSEPH  (filmed Jan 7, 2020)

Episode 504: THE WOOD BROTHERS  (filmed Nov 18, 2019)

Episode 505: KANDACE SPRINGS  (filmed Jan 27, 2020)

Episode 506: KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE  (filmed Feb 11, 2020)


Season 4: 

Episode 401:  SHEILA E.  (filmed Aug 26, 2018) 

Episode 402:  JJ GREY & MOFRO  (filmed Mar 4, 2019)

Episode 403:  OWEN & MOLEY O’SUILLEABHAIN  (filmed Feb 11, 2019)

Episode 404:  GINA CHAVEZ  (filmed Jan 22, 2019)

Episode 405:  MARC COHN & BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA  (filmed Jan 7, 2019)

Episode 406:  DESMOND CHILD  (filmed Oct 2, 2018)


Season 3: 

Episode 301:  MARC BROUSSARD  (filmed Nov 20, 2017) 

Episode 302:  NANCY AND BETH  (filmed Jun 25, 2017)

Episode 303:  BLACK VIOLIN  (filmed Jan 22, 2018)

Episode 304:  JARROD SPECTOR & KELLI BARRETT  (filmed Aug 8, 2017)

Episode 305:  JIMMY WEBB W/ SPECIAL GUEST ASHLEY CAMPBELL  (filmed Mar 20, 2018)

Episode 306:  JOHN OATES  (filmed Mar 19, 2018)


Season 2: 

Episode 201:  JANE LYNCH  (filmed Jun 28, 2016) 

Episode 202:  DARLENE LOVE  (filmed Aug 3, 2016)

Episode 203:  KIEFER SUTHERLAND  (filmed Feb 19, 2017)

Episode 204:  MARY LAMBERT  (filmed Nov 30, 2016)

Episode 205:  MAURICE HINES  (filmed Jul 26, 2016)

Episode 206:  ROSANNE CASH  (filmed Feb 22, 2017)

Season 1: 

Episode 101: ANA GASTEYER  (filmed Nov 24, 2015)

Episode 102: RICKIE LEE JONES  (filmed Sept 10, 2015)

Episode 103: JARROD SPECTOR  (filmed Feb 23, 2015)

Episode 104: THE ANN WILSON THING  (filmed Oct 6, 2015)

Episode 105: BARB JUNGR  (filmed Sept 30, 2015)

Episode 106: RITA WILSON  (filmed Jan 6, 2016)


For more on the complete series, visit the series website.