n n That day, a meeting was held at the home of Joseph Cone, printer, performer, and musician, for the purpose of forming the Old Saybrook Musical and Dramatic Club. The meeting was a success and the Club was incorporated eleven months later with a two-fold purpose: the presentation of theatrical performances and the construction of a theatre to house these performances.

By January of 1908, the young corporation had raised enough money to purchase land, and three and a half years later, their dream was realized with the opening of the Old Saybrook Town Hall, built for $20,000 on Main Street. The Deep River New Era, the paper of record those days, called the new building, “a substantial and artistic piece of architecture … a worthy addition to our beautiful Main Street.” The very next summer, Dr. Thomas Hepburn of Hartford brought his family to 

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Fenwick for the first time. They didn’t necessarily have to pass the new Town Hall on their way to the shore, but it is very likely they visited the building some time that summer. Still, history cannot tell us exactly when four-and-a-half-year-old Kathy Hepburn first saw the building that would bear her name.

Over the next forty years, as Kathy Hepburn became Kate and built international fame as an actress, the building would become an integral part of the Saybrook community, adopting almost as many guises as its namesake to come. Besides serving as home for the Musical and Dramatic Club, the Town Hall showed the first movies in Old Saybrook, served as a basketball court for the school, and gave shelter to the Ivoryton Players when the second World War made their remote playhouse too difficult to reach. In 1935, Ethel Barrymore appeared on the stage of the Town Hall and in 1943, Eleanor Roosevelt stopped by. Still, on the whole, the building never quite lived up to its potential as a performing arts center and by the mid-fifties, the Town of Old Saybrook had removed any possibility of performance, or basketball for that matter, by dividing the audience chamber up into town offices. The proscenium was perserved and the stage itself became a conference room.

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Ms. Hepburn, of course, more than lived up to her potential and spent these same years flying from coast to coast or abroad as her career demanded. Yet, she always came back to Fenwick and Old Saybrook. It was a haven for her, a retreat, a place she called “paradise” and it was to this paradise that she retired in 1997, sixty-five years after her screen debut. Fittingly, she would also die there, in 2003.

That same year, with the town offices removed to the new Town Hall, the town of Old Saybrook voted to restore Mr. Cone’s building to its original use as a theatre. Two years later, Ms. Hepburn’s family granted the Town the right to name this theatre after her and thus, the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center was born.

The Box Office is open Tuesday thru Friday, one hour before each event, and closed major holidays.

Eaglemania, The Eagles Tribune band

EagleMania

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

3:00 PM
08/08/2020

08/08/2020

2 PERFORMANCES!  

The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band. That isn’t their slogan by mistake! EagleMania has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music of The Eagles. Since their inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the country with their stunning five-part harmony and their uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of The Eagles. Their show consists of the Eagles’ greatest hits, as well as some of the solo work of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.

EagleMania has spent countless hours breaking down everything The Eagles recorded on their albums, and faithfully reproducing those unforgettable songs in the most authentic way possible. The audience is given a chance to experience the music the way it was meant to be heard, and it’s done live on stage night after night.

If you like The Eagles you will love EagleMania!

Eaglemania, The Eagles Tribune band

EagleMania

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

8:00 PM
08/08/2020

08/08/2020

2 PERFORMANCES!  

The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band. That isn’t their slogan by mistake! EagleMania has dedicated themselves to faithfully reproducing the music of The Eagles. Since their inception, EagleMania has been thrilling audiences all over the country with their stunning five-part harmony and their uncanny ability to emulate the unmistakable sound of The Eagles. Their show consists of the Eagles’ greatest hits, as well as some of the solo work of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.

EagleMania has spent countless hours breaking down everything The Eagles recorded on their albums, and faithfully reproducing those unforgettable songs in the most authentic way possible. The audience is given a chance to experience the music the way it was meant to be heard, and it’s done live on stage night after night.

If you like The Eagles you will love EagleMania!

Uprooted Band

Uprooted

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

7:30 PM
08/11/2020

08/11/2020

The Uprooted Band featuring Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root – WHEN I WOKE – 25th Anniversary Tour                 

Michael Glabicki, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Rusted Root fuses musical mastery and shamanic inspiration into his music and live performances. In his most prolific period to date Michael is focusing his energy on his new band, UPROOTED, to carry on the legacy of Rusted Root’s energetic music while recording new music for Uprooted’s debut album due out next spring.  To honor the past, MIchael is taking Uprooted on tour this fall and throughout 2020 to perform the multi-platinum album WHEN I WOKE in it’s entirety. When I Woke, spawned the Top 40 hit “Send Me On My Way” along with fan favorites “Ecstasy” and “Martyr” (among others) and went on to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. 

“Uprooted has masterfully expanded the landscape of the older Rusted Root songs and created a new intuitive and magnetic vision of the material” says Michael, “These inspired performances not only energize and expand the hearts of the crowds but also show us how to take the new music to the next level”.

Rusted Root, lead by Michael, built their career around dramatic performances; their polyrhythmic, multicultural rock-and-soul picked up fans like a junkyard magnet as they swept across the nation on tour.  Glabicki continues to keep this tradition alive through his new project, The Uprooted Band.

With Dirk Miller on guitar and vocals, Zil Fessler on drums, Shawn Hennessey on percussion, Erik Kramer on bass, and Daisie Ghost Flower and Emily Victoria on background vocals, Uprooted is a liberating project for Glabicki. He says “I looked to the past and imagined where I wanted to go and realized this band is the perfect vehicle to take me there.”  The Uprooted Tour will focus on the energy and excitement Rusted Root brought to all of their fans, and keep the spirit of the music moving forward. 

Michael Doucet and Sarah Quintana

Michael Doucet & Sarah Quintana

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

7:30 PM
08/12/2020

08/12/2020

Rescheduled from 3/25

Michael Doucet & Sarah Quintana, a departure from the more established sound of BeauSoleil (now celebrating their 44th year), Lâcher Prise is an eclectic exploration of Louisiana music. Elements funk, R&B, jazz, and Caribbean music breathe new life into Michel Doucet’s timeless songwriting. He seamlessly weaves together tradition and innovation, continuing to push the boundaries of Louisiana music, in his most creative endeavor to date. “I am cajun, so if I write it, …it is a cajun song!”

The Lâcher Prise Band spotlights Louisiana’s next generation of roots music all-stars: Chad Viator (Roddie Romero) on guitar, Internationally celebrated singer-songwriter, Sarah Quintana on guitar and vocals, Chris French on electric and acoustic bass and Jim Kolacek on drums.

An evening with Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia at The Kate in Old Saybrook

Mike Zito & Albert Castiglia

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

8:00 PM
08/15/2020

08/15/2020

Mike Zito

He may be one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today, and rightfully so, but for Mike Zito, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity, and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

Albert Castiglia

As most artists will attest, the most unexpected circumstance can spark artistic inspiration. That’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on singer, songwriter, and guitarist extraordinaire Albert Castiglia. With his latest album, the aptly named Masterpiece, he celebrates an unforeseen triumph — a connection with a daughter he never knew he had. The result is a work that’s both personal and provocative all at the same time.

The Music of Cream

The Music of Cream

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

7:30 PM
08/17/2020

08/17/2020

Cream was a chemical explosion like no other. The blueprint for every supergroup to follow and the heavy blues precursor to Hendrix, Zeppelin and so much more. 

More than fifty years since their earth-shaking debut album, family members of that hallowed trilogy come together to pay tribute to Cream’s legendary four-album reign over the psychedelic frontier of the late 1960s.

Kofi Baker (son of Ginger) and Will Johns (Clapton’s nephew and son of Zeppelin/ Stones engineer Andy) unite with master musicians Sean McNabb and Chris Shutters to unleash the lightning that electrified a generation.

EXPERIENCE a Once-In-a-lifetime concert salute to the most innovative and explosive super group of all time, in the hands of those that knew them best.

WATCH as they interplay live with their fathers on the big screen; classic moments in rock history brought back to life.

LISTEN as they share personal insights and stories, complete with rare, yet to be seen family footage and photographs. A backstage pass like no other. 

Stephen Kellogg at The Kate

Stephen Kellogg

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

7:30 PM
08/20/2020

08/20/2020

Rescheduled from 6/11

Over the last decade, New England native Stephen Kellogg has performed more than 1500 concerts around the world, raised thousands of dollars for causes close to his heart, been named Armed Forces Entertainer of the Year, and penned singles for artists like platinum-selling rock band O.A.R and American Idol winner Nick Fradiani. Stephen’s most recent writing work with legendary guitarist Robert Randolph led to a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Record.” He’s also had his songs covered by international major label acts and released ten studio albums of his own yielding hundreds of thousands of ticket and record sales.

A father of four and married to his high school sweetheart, filmmaker Peter Harding was so moved by the everyman nature of Kellogg’s story that he made a documentary called “Last Man Standing” which went on to become an Amazon exclusive film. In recent years, Kellogg has added authorship and speaking to his resume as well. He delivered a TEDx Talk on job satisfaction, the keynote speaker for the prestigious photography summit WRKSHP, and was invited to speak to the students at Columbine High School in Littleton, CO on the topics of social justice and ‘finding your voice.’ He has appeared as a contributing author in several publications and in 2019, will be publishing his first full-length book entitled “Objects in the Mirror: A Storyteller’s Take On What Matters Most.”

Kellogg’s newest studio album, “Objects in the Mirror”, was recorded over the course of a single week in Nashville, TN. Produced by Will Hoge and featuring twelve songs that explore American life in 2018, the decision was made to track the band live, keeping the results intact with minimal overdubs. “I wanted to make an album that sounded and felt like the ones I grew up loving; Bob Seger and Cat Stevens, Tom Petty and Rod Stewart. Emotional records where the songs relate to each other and the lyrics are front and center. That’s my true north.” Kellogg’s emotion has never been in question with one music blogger succinctly describing his music as ‘a beautiful display of—well, his heart.” And as for the lyrics, Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz can lately be heard singing their praises on his ‘Underwater Sunshine’ podcasts.   

While Stephen Kellogg may have remained underneath the radar for some in the mainstream, he has succeeded in building a meaningful career alongside many of the best in the business. He’s sung duets with Sara Bareilles, Josh Ritter, Rosanne Cash, and Pat Monahan of Train and participated in the 2018 “Garden Of Dreams’ concert at the Beacon Theater. His music has found its way onto the Billboard charts and featured in numerous films and TV shows. Whether performing solo or with a band, Kellogg’s soul and energy fuel one of the most dynamic shows anywhere. “With beautifully written songs and an engaging personality,” The Michigan Daily reports, “Kellogg appears as if he was born on stage, taking the spotlight and using it to his advantage, but never letting go of his connection with the audience.” A master storyteller in his prime, he will spend much of 2019 where he’s always been at home – the road.

Popa Chubby

Popa Chubby

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

7:30 PM
08/26/2020

08/26/2020

Rescheduled from 5/7

Twenty five years of hard rocking blues

Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of his career, dating back to 1994, he has been a force to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

His career has always been about moving forward and carving out a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world wherein many territories he is a star. A native New Yorker, Horowitz’s initial gigs were in the NYC punk scene. As a guitarist, for what he reflects was a “crazy Japanese special effects performer in a kimono called Screaming Mad George, was inspired by the horror-movie show.” Right from the start, he was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll scene and learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that included the Ramones, the Cramps, Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids he joined that rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous. He reflects, “Musicians like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols weren’t just bands. They were a threat to society.”

The Blues however was the foundation of his playing style. He recalls, “since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the Blues and I keep it alive in my music.”

Popa Chubby is his own man for better or worse. He reflects, “I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.”

Ted Vigil

Ted Vigil

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Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT, USA

8:00 PM
09/05/2020

09/05/2020

Rescheduled from 5/22

If John Denver had a son, you have to admit it. The resemblance to music icon John Denver, who died in 1997 when his experimental aircraft crashed into the Pacific Ocean, is uncanny. Listen to Ted Vigil and you’ll be Rocky Mountain High all over again.

Ted, who has been performing since he was 10, as well as writing, recording and performing his original compositions, won a national Talent Quest title as John Denver in 2006. After winning a celebrity look-alike contest, he began planning his John Denver tribute show. Since then Ted has performed as John Denver nationwide, offering some of Denver’s most familiar tunes, including “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” “Calypso,” “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High” and “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” He has wowed crowds from coast to coast and has played twice for John Denver’s own “Windstar Foundation” in Aspen Colorado.

The most heard comments after one of Ted’s shows are echoed in this review from a long time John Denver fan: “I was completely blown away by this young man, Ted Vigil. From the moment he set foot on the stage, I was mesmerized by his voice and his incredible resemblance to the late and great John Denver. Ted Vigil’s voice, mannerisms, and humor were so much like John’s that I had to keep reminding myself it was a ‘tribute show’….that wasn’t really Johnny up on that stage – Ted Vigil is THAT GOOD!!!  He brings John back to the stage, if only for a little while…and the experience he creates is magical!”