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WKAR's Backstage Pass Concerts Begin Friday; Schedule Includes The Outer Vibe

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The Outer Vibe will perform on WKAR-TV's 'Backstage Pass' March 19th.

The 2019 season of WKAR-TV’s Backstage Pass program begins taping on Friday night with the five-piece Illinois band The Way Down Wanderers.

On March 19th, you can see the Nashville-based band with Michigan roots, The Outer Vibe.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talked with the members of The Outer Vibe via Facetime to find out what they’ve been up to, and what they’re planning for Backstage Pass.

The Outer Vibe has settled into the Nashville music scene, writing songs for a publishing company and working on their own releases. They’ve downsized, and that means some new musical duties. Sean Zuidgeest is still the lead singer, and guitarist Nick Hosford is still singing background vocals, but trumpeter Lisa Kacos has added a new responsibility. She's explains that now she's also playing the drums, saying "we’re playing as a trio. Sean has picked up the bass while he’s singing, and I’m playing the drums, but I do still play the trumpet. I find ways to do that even while playing drums, so that’s my main instrument. It’s always been what I do the most, and I’m never really gonna stop that.”

Singer Sean Zuidgeest says one thing the group is doing to prepare for Backstage Pass has been to watch some archived episodes. He says the group is looking forward to having some new performance videos. “We’ve made some changes over the past almost year and a half now," Zuidgeest states. "We just need some new content, and it looks great, it sounds great, so we’re really looking forward to putting on a good show.”

According to guitarist Nick Hosford, The Outer Vibe is hard at work on the set they’ll play in the WKAR studios. “We have already started rehearsing the set and made our song selections," he tells WKAR. "Now, we’re turning those from songs into a performance. That’s already begun, and we’re having a good time doing it, hammering it out." Hosford concludes that the group expects to rehearse four to five hours a day to prepare for the show.

It’s free to attend any of the Backstage Pass tapings. The complete schedule is here, including an opportunity to reserve seats.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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