BackStage Pass

 

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A showcase of music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Backstage Pass captures the sights and sounds of open-air festivals and in studio performances and shares insights from the artists that make the music.

Festival performances are produced in association with Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and MessageMakers.

2018 BackStage Pass Concert Series! 
We're very excited to host nine bands in this year’s 2018 Backstage Pass Concert Series! RESERVE SEATS NOW  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.
 BackStage Pass is supported in part by
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts

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Sizzling hot dance hall rockabilly from West Michigan.

Originally aired 3/24/11

Instrumental jazz, rock and R & B quartet.

Originally aired 2/24/11

Tasty jazz, rock and R & B from the award-winning West Michigan instrumental quartet. Selections from their self-titled debut CD include "Creole Chopstix," "Seriocity," and "Sonter."

A rich sound that amazes and intrigues, from a broad blend of instruments and styles.

Originally aired 2/17/11

The soaring power of the human voice with Broadway and opera from MSU faculty stars.

Originally aired 2/10/11

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Hard-driving blues rock that puts you on the dance floor.

Originally aired 2/3/11

Soaring vocals and classic folk harmonies that move and inspire.

Originally aired 1/27/11

Swinging jump-style blues that lifts you out of your seat.

Originally aired 1/20/11

Orquesta Ritmo, Root Doctor, organissimo, String Doctors, Jen Sygit, Steppin' In It, more.

Originally aired 5/27/10

Old-time country swing and swing-era jazz classics from two of Michigan's hottest acts.

Originally aired 2/11/10

This horn-heavy pop/funk/soul band from Michigan packs energy and a feel-good vibe.

Originally aired 2/4/10

Bluesy folk with an edge from Michigan's singer/songwriter Jen Sygit.

Originally aired 1/28/10

Good humor, hot-picking and great tunes with Michigan mainstays Joel Mabus, Ray Kamalay.

Originally aired 1/21/10

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Soul jazz from Michigan's internationally acclaimed organ trio led by Jim Alfredson.

Originally aired 1/14/10

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A driving guitar and brassy sax punctuate the songwriting of Michigan's C.W. Rideoutt.

Originally aired 1/7/10

Big band salsa from Michigan, a dance favorite led by Mike Eyia.

Originally aired 10/6/09

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