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About BackStage Pass

BackStage Pass features live studio performances, behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive artist interviews. In each episode, artists reveal their inspiration behind the music.

Through the conclusion of season ten in January 2020, 116 musical acts will have appeared on the program since the series debut in January 2009.

BackStage Pass is produced by WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University.

Anywhere, Anytime

All full episodes can be viewed online anytime in the free PBS app and at video.wkar.org.

Seen Across the Country

BackStage Pass is distributed by the National Educational Television Association (NETA) to public broadcasting stations across the country.

In 2018-2019, BackStage Pass episodes aired over 8,500 times on more than half of the public television stations in the U.S., with airings in top ten markets New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Wash., D.C., and Atlanta. (source: TRAC Media 10/18/2019).

Since the series debut in 2009, BackStage Pass episodes have aired on more than 72% of public broadcasting stations in the U.S., with 26,450 airings to-date. (source: TRAC Media 10/18/2019).

Award-winning

BackStage Pass has been honored with eight Broadcast Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and six Regional Emmy® nominations from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

SEEN ON BACKSTAGE PASS 2009-2020

Season 1 - 2009-2010

  • MSU Professors of Jazz
  • MSU College of Music - H2 Quartet
  • Root Doctor
  • Big Willy
  • organissimo
  • String Doctors
  • Jen Sygit and Spare Change
  • Huckleberry Groove
  • Steppin' In It
  • Shout Sister Shout
  • Orquesta Ritmo
  • Those Delta Rhythm Kings

Season 2 - 2011

  • The Mickeys
  • Frog and the Beeftones
  • MSU College of Music - Voice
  • Thom Jayne and the Nomads
  • Groove Merchant
  • Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys
  • Don Middlebrook and Living Soul
  • The Verve Pipe

Season 3 - 2012

  • The Chenille Sisters
  • Rusty Wright Band
  • Seth and May
  • Orrick Ewing
  • Seeley and Baldori
  • The Lash
  • MSU College of Music - Chamber
  • Larry McCray
  • Bowery
  • Greg Nagy

Season 4 - 2013

  • Silent Lapse
  • Brenda Loomis Band
  • Sena Ehrhardt Band
  • John Douglas Quintet
  • Domestic Problems
  • Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys
  • Heather Jones and Jones'n
  • Home Again
  • Bryan Michael Fischer
  • Eyde Evans Hyde
  • Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects
  • Howling Diablos

Season 5 - 2014

  • Elliot Street Lunatic
  • Mardra Thomas
  • Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
  • Mustard Plug
  • The Rodney Whitaker Quartet
  • The Hard Lessons
  • The Maurice Davis Quartet
  • Simien the Whale
  • Phil Denny
  • Big Llou and the BluesVille Review
  • The Lowdown Brass Band
  • Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday
  • Funktion

Season 6 - 2015

  • Harper & Midwest Kind
  • Hank Mowery & the Hawktones
  • Jim Alfredson’s Dirty Fingers
  • Planet D Nonet
  • Aguanko
  • Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band
  • Randy Gelispie Quartet
  • Marci Linn Band
  • Glenn Brown and Intergalactic Spiral
  • Root Doctor

Season 7 - 2016

  • Toronzo Cannon
  • Paul Keller Orchestra
  • Chris Canas Band
  • Betty Joplin
  • Good Cookies
  • Tony Monaco & The Fareed Haque Trio featuring Randy Gelispie
  • Donald Kinsey with the Dewaynes
  • George DeLancey Quartet
  • Thornetta Davis
  • Grupo Ayé

Season 8 - 2017

  • Joshua Davis
  • Mama Sol and Tha N.U.T.S.
  • Danielle Nicole
  • Off the Ledge
  • Stella!
  • Nicole New
  • Bobby Murray
  • Lowdown Brass Band
  • The Crane Wives
  • The Accidentals

Season 9 - 2018

  • The Go Rounds
  • Luke Winslow-King
  • The Harmaleighs
  • SIAS
  • Karen Lovely
  • Lil’Ed & The Blues Imperials
  • Sister of Your Sunshine Vapor
  • Jesse Ray & the Carolina Catfish
  • Jack & The Bones
  • Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Season 10 - 2019-2020

  • Mike Mains & The Branches
  • Paddlebots
  • Tishmal
  • Brother Elsey
  • Joshua Powell
  • Eliza Neals
  • Willy Tea Taylor
  • The Harmed Brothers
  • The Way Down Wanderers
  • Outer Vibe
  • Tunde Olaniran

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updated 10/23/19