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.

Blues with a modern edge out of Flint, Michigan.

Premieres Thu. Apr 12 at 10p on WKAR HD/23 | also airs Sat. Apr 14 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Apr 14 at 11p on WKAR HD/23

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SLIDESHOW: Greg Nagy on BackStage Pass

Apr 10, 2012

Greg Nagy on BackStage Pass

Scenes from a 2012 episode of BackStage Pass from WKAR.

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Indie rock from Grand Rapids.
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also Sat. Apr 7 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Apr 7 at 11p on WKAR HD/23

The soulful blues guitar powerhouse from Saginaw comes to BackStage Pass.
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airs Thu. Mar 29 at 10p on WKAR HD/23 | Sat. Mar 31 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Mar 31 at 11p on WKAR HD/23

Rehearsal and behind-the-scenes images of Larry McCray on BackStage Pass.
From the April 2011 taping in WKAR Studio A, for a 2012 episode of BackStage Pass from WKAR.

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Larry McCray on BackStage Pass

Scenes from the April 2011 taping in WKAR Studio A, for a 2012 episode of BackStage Pass from WKAR.

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Larry McCray and his band have been an integral part of the Michigan blues scene for over 20 years. He has released six studio albums and has received the prestige title of Orville Gibson Male Blues Guitarist in 2000.

Larry talks here about musical creativity:

If you can't step outside the lines and put any of your own influence, then there's not really much of a future left for musicians.

An evening of chamber music from Mozart and Faure.
First aired 3/22/12

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Celtic-American mash-up from a Michigan favorite.
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Dueling piano boogie from Michigan rock and blues legends.
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Crunching funk and smooth jazz from Grammy-honored Lansing bassist.

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Uplifting folk/pop songs with a message from award-winning northern Michigan duo.

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Blues rock from Flint, Michigan, featuring slide-guitar master Rusty Wright.

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Folk, jazz and humor from iconic Ann Arbor trio.

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Edgy, harmonic tunes and favorites from nineties alt-rock icons.

Originally aired 4/7/11

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