Music

Joshua Davis Live at the Robin CD cover
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Joshua Davis spent 20 years in the Lansing music scene with his band Steppin’ In It before moving on to Traverse City and a solo career. You may have seen him on WKAR-TV’s “Backstage Pass” program, or as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Davis speaks with WKAR's Scott Pohl about releasing a new live album at the Midwinter Singing Festival in East Lansing tonight.


The Gate in Birkenau
Stanisław Mucha / auschwitz.org

Patricia Hall went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in 2016 hoping to learn more about the music performed by prisoners in World War II death camps.

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
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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.


Detroit's Anita Baker Begins 'Farewell Tour'

Mar 20, 2018

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.

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