BackStage Pass

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BackStage Pass features live studio and festival performances, and offers a look behind the scenes as artists reveal the inspiration behind the music.

For its ninth season, the WKAR original series showcases nationally renowned acts ranging from blues artist Karen Lovely, to pop-world group SIAS, to reality show contestants Jack + The Bones, and more.

BackStage Pass is made possible with financial support from the MSU Federal Credit Union, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and by viewers like you. Additional production support is provided by the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) and MessageMakers.

Marci Linn Band on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015
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Blue-eyed soul from veteran vocalist Marci Linn.

Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band

Jul 23, 2015
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Captivating soulful blues from vocalist Kathleen Walters and her Bridge Street Band.

Aguanko on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015
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Latin-Jazz standards and originals performed by Alberto Nacif and Aguanko.

Planet D Nonet on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015
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Down and dirty big band swing from Detroit.

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Bluesy hardbop & free-jazz exploration from keyboardist Jim Alfredson and Dirty Fingers.

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Blues with old-school sensibility and modern-day energy from Hank Mowrey and Mike Morgan.

Harper and Midwest Kind on BackStage Pass

Mar 17, 2015
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Join award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Peter Harper as he creates a heady mix of original world, blues & roots music, featuring soulful vocals, wailing harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo.

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Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

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Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Funk powerhouse from Kalamazoo. Recorded live at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

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Hard-driving blues from Jackson, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district.

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Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk.

ANTHONY CEPAK / WKAR-MSU

South Chicago blues hosted by the voice of BB King's Bluesville. 

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Contemporary urban jazz led by blazing sax from Lansing native Phil Denny.

WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Apr 4, 2014
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Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.

WATCH NOW: Maurice Davis Quartet

Mar 31, 2014
Maurice Davis playing guitar
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Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. 

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