The Thrill is Back: Jeff Pitchell, Claudette King, Tyrone Vaughan

A Celebration of B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughn by 3 Hall of FamersBuy TicketsEnhance your Kate experience with Membership!

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The Thrill is Back

The Bonafide Celebration of B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan by three Hall of Famers...CLAUDETTE KING, JEFF PITCHELL and TYRONE VAUGHAN.

Jeff Pitchell:

Blues Hall of Fame award winning guitarist Jeff Pitchell’s style blends B.B. King and Duane Allman, which was endorsed by Gregg Allman. His diverse songwriting catalog recalls the variety of Eric Clapton’s classics and his vocal delivery, which ranges from smooth tenderness to Billy Gibbons ZZ Top-like power, received high praise from J. Geils. His songwriting award winning “An Eye for an Eye” was recorded by British blues legend John Mayall. Pitchell’s Anthology collection covers decades of work including “Alone,” dedicated to his late friend who planned on opening up a blues club with him, being heartfelt blues with tasteful guitar accents. “Beautifully Broken” is a touching piano ballad. “American Way,” written for the James Woods film An American Girl, is a patriotic soldier tribute, perfect for Memorial Day and Veterans Day airplay. The guitar and organ blend on Pitchell’s version of “Soulshine” captures The Allman Brothers Band’s foundation on this Warren Haynes composition, with Michael Allman as guest vocalist. He turns a pair of 1970s Top 40 hits into logical blues songs, The Atlanta Rhythm Section’s “So into You” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine,” joined by saxophonist Charles Neville. A half-dozen songs from Pitchell’s Billboard Top 10 blues album Heavy Hitter are also included. 

Claudette King:

National Recording Academy Member, Claudette King, dubbed "The Bluz Queen" is the youngest daughter of THEE Ultimate Blues Master, B. B. King and, if familial genes count for anything, she is "On to something."

The former San Francisco Bay Area native now living in Atlanta, Georgia, has had the life experiences to make lyrics mean something. She has a natural ease in shifting with the mood of each lyric. But most certainly, the power of Claudette's enthusiasm for the splendid genre-blending music on her debut "We're Onto Something" merits wide notice. 

Tyrone Vaughan:

Tyrone Vaughan is recognized as a member of one of America’s most renowned musical families. Son of Jimmie Vaughan the founder and guitar player of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and nephew of legendary blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. TV carries on the proud Texas tradition of playing the Blues from Austin, Tx.

Parking

The Kate parking map - accessible parking is available on Main Street and in the parking lot behind the Kate

Parking at the Kate is free and easy! There is not one dedicated parking lot; however, there is ample parking surrounding the venue.

Parking on the street is limited and shared by all Main Street merchants. We ask that you consider one of the suggested off-street parking locations in blue where Kate patrons have permission to park.

Shows start promptly at the time posted to our website and printed on your tickets. Planning to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show is always a great idea—plus, it give you a few minutes to explore the Katharine Hepburn Museum!

Directions

The Kate is located at 300 Main Street in downtown Old Saybrook, a short distance from the I-95 corridor as well as the Route 9/I-95 interchange. Get Driving Directions

Concessions/Bar

The Kate’s Concessions/Bar area is open for most shows, offering bottled water, soda, juice, and a selection of movie theater candy. For those 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, prosecco, and simple mixed cocktails are available.

Cash or credit cards are accepted and beverages purchased at the Kate may be taken into the theater.

Concessions/bar may not be available for all performances and selections may vary. For more information, contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453.

Nearby Dining Options

Consider one of the many great nearby restaurants for a bite to eat before or after the show. To explore options, check out our Dining page.

The Kate theater is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Cultural Arts Center. The orchestra level is accessible by elevator from the 1st floor lobby; the balcony is accessible only via stairs. Accessible seating locations may vary slightly by event and are clearly identified on the interactive seating chart for each performance. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Office at (860) 510-0453. For additional information, please reference our Box Office & Theater Policies.

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The Kate is generously sponsored by:

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