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BackStage Pass returns to WKAR TV with more blues, pop, folk, and rock music

Amanda Pinckney
Tunde Olaniran

Celebrating 10 seasons, the WKAR original series showcases nationally renowned acts.

EAST LANSING, Mich.; October 17, 2019 -- BackStage Pass returns to WKAR TV for its tenth season on Sat., Oct. 26 at 10 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 and streaming in the free PBS App. BackStage Pass features live studio and festival performances, and offers a look behind the scenes as artists reveal the inspiration behind the music.

WKAR's original series showcases nationally renowned acts ranging from the electronic pop sound of Tishmal, the soulful hip hop of Tunde Olaniran, alt rock band Mike Mains & The Branches, and much more.

The new season debuts with the Mike Mains & The Branches on Oct. 26 and Paddlebots on Nov. 2. Eight episodes follow, airing weekly through Jan. 11 (see full schedule below).

Each episode streams free in the PBS App beginning at its broadcast date and time.

As a special benefit for WKAR Passport members, the first five new episodes will be available for streaming beginning Oct. 26. The remaining new episodes will be available in WKAR Passport beginning Dec. 14. WKAR Passport is a TV donor benefit that provides members with extended access to an on-demand library of quality local and national public television programming. Information is at wkar.org/passport.

FULL SCHEDULE - Saturdays at 10 p.m. on WKAR-HD 23.1 (recorded early in 2019)

  • Mike Mains & The Branches | October 26, 2019
  • Paddlebots | November 2, 2019
  • Tishmal | November 9, 2019
  • Brother Elsey | November 16, 2019
  • Joshua Powell | November 23, 2019
  • Eliza Neals | December 14, 2019
  • Willy Tea Taylor & The Harmed Brothers | December 21, 2019
  • The Way Down Wanderers | December 28, 2019
  • Outer Vibe | January 4, 2019
  • Tunde Olaniran | January 11, 2019

BackStage Pass is made possible with financial support from MSU Federal Credit Union. Additional production support is provided by Zaytoon Mediterranean GrillHomewood Suites by Hilton, and MessageMakers. 

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