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... [see more] 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.
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 Livestar 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.