Music

Wayne Kramer photo
Jim Newberry

The leader of one of Detroit’s most influential rock bands has written an autobiography. Wayne Kramer led the MC5, a group that helped take hard rock music to the mainstream. Fifty years later, to promote his book “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 and My Life of Impossibilities,” he’s hitting the road with a band he’s calling MC50.


Motown
WKAR file photo / WKAR

The Motown Museum in Detroit is recognizing Aretha Franklin’s importance to her home town this weekend.


University of Michigan Sign
Ken Lund / flickr creative commons

The University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance is planning a new $19 million dance school building that would include a 100-seat performance venue.

The Motown Museum is celebrating its founder with music, food and half-off admission.

Maceo Parker photo
Laurent Graffion

Saxophone player Maceo Parker may have the greatest résumé in funk music history. On Friday night, Parker brings a show paying tribute to Ray Charles to MSU’s Wharton Center.


In January 2018, Detroit singer Anita Baker announced she'll launch a "farewell" tour in March. Detroit Free Press columnist and author Rochelle Riley talked about Baker's legacy and her connection to Michigan.  UPDATED March 20 with Tour Dates inside.


Wally Pleasant photo
Vincent Brady / Windwalker Underground Gallery

Wally Pleasant is a comedic singer-songwriter who’ll perform twice this weekend in Charlotte. Scott Pohl brought the long-time local favorite into WKAR’s Studio S for a little conversation and music.


Rebecca Brunner photo
Tyler Golden/NBC

A second Lansing-area singer has passed an audition on the NBC-TV show “The Voice.” Rebecca Brunner is from Mason. She now lives in Chicago.

performer on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

BackStage Pass returns to TV in the capital region on Saturday, September 16 at 10 p.m. on local PBS station WKAR.

Kalamazoo Gals vintage photo
Courtesy photo / John Thomas

As men went off to fight in World War Two, their places in America’s factories were often taken by women. That’s what happened at the Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo. Author John Thomas will discuss his book on those women, “Kalamazoo Gals,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elderly Instruments in Old Town Lansing.  

Bob Baldori and Chuck Berry
Courtesy photo / Bob Baldori

Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry died on Saturday at the age of 90. Okemos-based musician “Boogie” Bob Baldori was a close friend and collaborator for many years.


Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-TV is working on an upcoming season of “Backstage Pass” programs. Top musicians perform live before an audience in the WKAR studios for the show.

A few days ago, Joshua Davis was here with his band.


There’s nothing new about cover versions of Beatles songs, but the local band Organissimo has decided to create jazzy renditions of some of your favorite Beatles tunes. It's called "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four."


Jamie Paisley

Tuesday night, January 31st, the MSU Wind Symphony presents a concert of American composers at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who leads the ensemble about to perform two pieces of music centered on periods of American strife: The Civil War & 9/11.


Image courtesy of Artists International Management

New MSU College of Music Artist-Faculty member Margarita Shevchenko is intricately linked to the works of Frederick Chopin. But in her Absolute Chamber Music concert this Thursday, she adds a complimentary composer.


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