FREE | March 1-26, 2019 | WKAR Studios | RESERVATIONS ARE OPEN NOW for the 2019 BackStage Pass Concert Series!
BackStage Pass Concert Series 2019
Each FREE concert is being recorded for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass.
Reserve your seats now for your chance to be in the TV audience for the TENTH SEASON of this WKAR original show airing on PBS stations across the country.
BackStage Pass Concert Series Reservations. FREE!
Seat reservations are recommended! Walk-ins will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis!
Show time is 7pm unless noted otherwise. Doors open for all shows 30 minutes before show time. All guests must be checked in and seated 5 minutes before show time.
Mon., Mar. 11 | TBD
ABOUT THE BAND | CHECK BACK SOON FOR RESERVATIONS
*NOTE: Artists and schedules are subject to change
WKAR Studio A • Communication Arts & Sciences Building
on the campus of Michigan State University
404 Wilson Road | Parking at 1149 Red Cedar Road
East Lansing, MI 48824
Parking is free after 6 p.m. in the adjacent Trowbridge Road parking ramp.
Parking address: 1149 Red Cedar Road, East Lansing, MI 48824
BackStage Pass Season 10 premieres later in 2019 on WKAR HD 23.1.
MORE ABOUT THE BANDS
March 1 | The Way Down Wanderers | RESERVE SEATS HERE
Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious. High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States.
March 8 | Brother Elsey | RESERVE SEATS HERE
Bonded by the ties of blood and bone, Brother Elsey unearths its heartfelt sound from the depths of the human spirit. With brutal honesty, the Michigan trio delves into the nuances of the human experience by way of dusty southern rock and endearing Americana. The band’s latest release, “Matador,” drifts from delicately haunting and heart-wrenching to anthemic and inspired.
March 11 | TBD | RESERVATION COMING SOON
Watch this space!
March 15 | Paddlebots | RESERVE SEATS HERE
Paddlebots is a 7-piece outfit based in Detroit, Michigan. Their unique blend of soul, funk, jazz, and pop sensibilities can be defined simply as “Progressive Soul-Pop”. The soaring solos, tight rhythm and bass, and punctuating horn stabs that define their music is brought to its highest level in their electric live performances. Paddlebots was born out of a partnership between Kortez Buckner and Haruki Hakoyama – two remarkably different individuals who came together through a shared love and vision for music.
March 19 | The Outer Vibe | RESERVE SEATS HERE
The Outer Vibe are a multi-instrumentalist three-piece rock outfit with an innovative approach toward pop-styled songwriting. Rich with harmonies, guitar solos, and trash can endings, their concerts are geared toward igniting an enthusiastic response from audiences. Sean Zuidgeest’s vocals deliver an honest message with wide dynamics and melodic control, while Nick Hosford’s guitar playing interjects an unpredictable excitement and energy. Lisa Kacos’s calculated, angular percussion holds the sound together while her trumpet features showcase her lyricism and knowledge of counterpoint. The Outer Vibe executes arrangements with the boldness of the great power trios such as The Police, Sublime, and Muse. The three members have been writing, recording, and performing together for 15 years, which is easily recognizable by their onstage chemistry.
March 22 | Mike Mains & The Branches | RESERVE SEATS HERE
Known for their catchy, free-associating, indie pop-rock melodies, Mike Mains & The Branches invites diverse comparisons to acts such as Foster The People, Young the Giant, The Killers, and Arcade Fire. Mike Mains & The Branches first entered the national music scene in 2012 with the release of their debut album Home. While touring and growing a loyal following, opening shows for Relient K and Hellogoodbye, founding members Mike and Shannon fell in love, married, and in doing so, minted the focal experience of the band’s subsequent music and lyrics; not just love but the swirling highs and bruising challenges of life together.
March 26 | Willy Tea Taylor and The Harmed Brothers | RESERVE SEATS HERE
Willy Tea Taylor and the Harmed Brothers come together to bring a country, electric mix! Willy Tea Taylor grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs. The Harmed Brothers’ evolution as songwriters and as a touring act showed through with their sophomore effort, “Come Morning,” a release from Oklahoma-based Lackpro Records that sways with the rhythms of the road and the forlorn waltzes of a nation’s dive bars and dance halls. These days, they call it “indiegrass,” the rustic American musical blend that celebrates and chronicles the physical and emotional gauntlet the Harmed Brothers have always ridden, zigzagging endlessly in vans across the nation. It’s an inclusive sound, the melding of two unique voices adorned each night with the contributions of the many pickers, singers and songwriters the Brothers have encountered in their travels.