FREE TICKETS | BackStage Pass Concert Series

March 13-25 • WKAR Studio A on the Michigan State campus | Be in the TV audience for BackStage Pass with Stella!, Joshua Davis, The Crane Wives, Off the Ledge, Mama Sol & Tha N.U.T.S. and The Accidentals.

Join us for this FREE CONCERT SERIES recording new television episodes for BackStage Pass, the WKAR original series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

Tickets are FREE, but SEATING IS LIMITED and must be reserved in advance (use the links below).

All shows in this Concert Series are being recorded for broadcast at a later date.

Credit Courtesy / Stella!

Mon. March 13 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. |
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A power-house chick band with classic country and blues roots, Stella! features three-part harmonies and the singer-songwriter voices of Jo Serrapere, Laura Ann Bates and Jen Sygit. The super group from southeast Michigan released its debut album, "Sorry Stella!" on independent label Earthwork Music in 2012. Jen Sygit's 2010 appearance on BackStage Pass won a Michigan EMMY Award.
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Joshua Davis.
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Joshua Davis
Tue. March 14 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | this show is past

Michigan troubador Joshua Davis returns to WKAR Studio A for the first time since reaching the final round on NBC's The Voice in 2015. This special performance will include originals from Davis' upcoming new album, "The Way Back Home," and favorites from more than 15 years honing his craft night after night, song after song, show after show. Davis first appeared on BackStage Pass in 2010 with Steppin' In It and Shout Sister Shout.
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The Crane Wives
Wed. March 15 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | this show is past

The Crane Wives
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The Crane Wives is a female fronted indie rock group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band features three-part vocal harmonies, narrative lyricism, and a passion for songcraft that creates organic music that is equally accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves.
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Off the Ledge
Thu. March 23 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Get Tickets

Off the Ledge
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Get ready for an evening of funky, folky, blues influenced, alterna-rock jazziness with Off the Ledge. The band from Grand Ledge is expert at intelligently engrossing the crowd with catchy tunes with a broad appeal, making for active crowd participation and a feel-good show. Expect to hear selections from the 2016 album, "Wherever Else We Land," and the upcoming album release, "Full Circle."
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Mama Sol & Tha N.U.T.S
Fri. March 24 | Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | ALL SEATS MAY BE FILLED - check 'IN-STOCK' here

Mama Sol & Tha N.U.T.S.
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Mama Sol & Tha N.U.T.S. (New Under The Sun) is a Michigan-based hip-hop/neo soul band committed to breaking the self-destructive cycle of mainstream hip-hop. Their vision is for a world prioritizing education, responsibility, and art. That vision drives each syllable, synonym, rhythm and rhyme they create. Mama Sol's spoken word piece about the Flint water crisis, "Hard to Swallow," is one of WKAR's most-viewed online videos.
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The Accidentals
Sat., March 25 | Doors open at 12:30 p.m. | ALL SEATS MAY BE FILLED - check 'IN STOCK' here

The Accidentals
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Alternative folk-rock band The Accidentals has generated significant media and fan buzz for creating a kaleidoscopic, high energy music that blends high-level songcraft with a dazzling, ragged-but-right performance style. Named one of Yahoo Music’s Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017, the genre-melding indie group recently signed with Sony Music Masterworks to release their major label debut in the spring, supported by a national tour.
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All reservations are for General Admission seating. Reservations will be released for Standby Audience seating 30 minutes after doors open.

Standby Seating: We want to fill every seat! For every concert or event, there are (almost) always no-shows. Non-ticket holders can check in for Standby at the venue beginning 30 minutes before doors open. Any seats available 30 minutes after doors open will be filled from Standby, first-come first-served.


WKAR TV Studios • 404 Wilson Rd East Lansing • MSU Communication Arts & Sciences Building

PARKING for Off the Ledge (3/23) and Mama Sol and Tha N.U.T.S. (3/24)

Due to State High School basketball finals, FREE parking will not be available in the Trowbridge Ramp on 3/23 and 3/24. BackStage Pass guests can park for free in
LOT 48 on Trowbridge Road
between Red Cedar and Farm Lane
Immediately east of the Trowbridge Ramp
Google Maps Address: 48W East Lansing MI 48823

PARKING for all other shows

PARKING is available in adjacent TROWBRIDGE RAMP #5. FREE after 6 p.m. weekdays. FREE on Weekends

1149 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824