Music http://wkar.org en Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers http://wkar.org/post/cranbrook-exhibits-decades-warhol-album-covers <p><a href="http://www.warholfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Andy Warhol</a> is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:04:48 +0000 Scott Pohl 56166 at http://wkar.org Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra http://wkar.org/post/broad-celebrates-legacy-sun-ra <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.eljazzfest.com/" target="_blank">Summer Solstice Jazz Festival</a> takes place in East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. There will be live jazz downtown from a variety of groups and the Broad Art Museum is participating as well with a unique event. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:19 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55453 at http://wkar.org Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra Exploring the alternative musical universe of K-Pop http://wkar.org/post/exploring-alternative-musical-universe-k-pop <p>http://youtu.be/rJnICByeL8Q</p><p></p><p>In recent years the world has seen an explosion in the popularity of K-pop. There are K-pop fans all around the world, even in places like Eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East. K-pop’s carefree dance and hip-hop songs provide this energy that transcends language and even cultures, and you can see this in the recent phenomenon of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” song and music video. It’s not uncommon for K-pop stars to sing in Japanese, English, and Mandarin Chinese, and some K-pop stars are not even Korean, like Nichkhun from 2PM who is a Thai-American, Amber from f(x) who is a Chinese-American, and on and on and on, and there are many Korean-Americans in the industry as well. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:44:05 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Elise Yoon 55389 at http://wkar.org LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven http://wkar.org/post/lso-preview-new-season-offers-choral-fantasy-tchaikovsky-and-beethoven <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/" target="_blank">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a> and music director <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/Musicians/TheMusicDirector/tabid/105/Default.aspx" target="_blank">Timothy Muffitt</a> recently announced their 2014-15 season. <em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf speaks with Lansing State Journal classical music writer Ken Glickman for a preview. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:18:35 +0000 Peter Whorf 54897 at http://wkar.org LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven LIVE MUSIC: The Spragues and Pumpstock Music Festival http://wkar.org/post/live-music-spragues-and-pumpstock-music-festival <p></p><p>Saturday, June 7<sup>th</sup> is the date of the fifth annual <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Pumpstock" target="_blank">Pumpstock Music Festival</a>. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:07:57 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54484 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: The Spragues and Pumpstock Music Festival LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lindsay-lou-joshua-rilko <p></p><p></p><p>This week’s Live Music Friday featured Joshua Rilko and Lindsay Lou of <a href="http://www.lindsayloumusic.com/" target="_blank">Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly’s</a>. They played several new tracks from their most recent EP, "<a href="http://www.lindsayloumusic.com/1/post/2014/04/here-between-ep-review.html" target="_blank">Here Between</a>". Their first record was released in 2010 and they have been touring for two years, playing 200 shows within the last year. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:13:14 +0000 Joe Linstroth 54151 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko Having a Ball on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/having-ball-backstage-pass <p><strong>Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD</strong> | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Wed, 14 May 2014 14:05:24 +0000 Bill Richards 53665 at http://wkar.org Having a Ball on BackStage Pass LIVE MUSIC: Lansing 'Mighty Uke Day' preview http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansing-mighty-uke-day-preview <p></p><p></p><p>Throughout today's show, we've heard the founder of <a href="http://benhassenger.com/mighty-uke-day/" target="_blank">Mighty Uke Day</a>, Ben Hassenger, on ukulele and vocals. He was joined by Andy Wilson on uke and harmonica, and Steve Szilagyi on upright bass. They performed "Jamaica Farewell" for Current State to preview the three-day event. Thu, 08 May 2014 16:24:50 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53366 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing 'Mighty Uke Day' preview Funktion on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/funktion-backstage-pass <p>Funk powerhouse from Kalamazoo. Recorded live at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. <strong>WATCH NOW</strong><br /> Sun, 04 May 2014 16:33:37 +0000 Bill Richards 53173 at http://wkar.org Funktion on BackStage Pass Pomp and Circumstance: How a British march became an American tradition http://wkar.org/post/pomp-and-circumstance-how-british-march-became-american-tradition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commencement season is upon us.&nbsp;MSU&nbsp;is sending new graduates into the world this weekend in East Lansing. The only thing more ubiquitous than caps, gowns, and cameras is a military march written by a British guy in 1901.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:04:04 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53104 at http://wkar.org Pomp and Circumstance: How a British march became an American tradition LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir http://wkar.org/post/live-music-elhs-gospel-choir <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Current State's</em> featured musicians this Friday are the</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/EastLansingGC" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;East Lansing High School Gospel Choir</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Twelve of the group's 25 members joined us in-studio today. </span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 19:56:31 +0000 Joe Linstroth 53103 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir LSO season finale features Brahms http://wkar.org/post/lso-season-finale-features-brahms <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its regular season with an unusual Wednesday night concert tomorrow. It features Brahms’ final symphony, a near-viral modern composition, and a piano concerto played by <a href="http://www.thegilmore.org/gilmore-young-artist-award/andrew-hsu/">Andrew Hsu</a>, a Gilmore Young Artist competition winner. </span> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:47:22 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52923 at http://wkar.org LSO season finale features Brahms Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/kevin-nichols-and-blue-tuesday-backstage-pass <p>Hard-driving blues from Jackson, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district.<br /> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 52849 at http://wkar.org Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass LIVE MUSIC: Lansing trio Mighty Medicine http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansing-trio-mighty-medicine <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a0bd64bd-9942-0f31-7330-d42cf3dc0259" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Joining <em>Current State</em> today in Studio S is DeShaun Snead, Larry Neuhardt, and John Esser of <a href="http://mightymedicinemusic.com/">Mighty Medicine</a>. This trio from Lansing plays a range of music from jazz to rock to blues and soul for all audiences. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:54:22 +0000 Joe Linstroth 52751 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing trio Mighty Medicine Apr. 26 | Resurrection - MSU Faculty Recital Series http://wkar.org/post/apr-26-resurrection-msu-faculty-recital-series <p><strong>Sat. Apr. 26 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR</strong> | Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony and faculty soloist Melanie Helton in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:17:26 +0000 editor 52442 at http://wkar.org Apr. 26 | Resurrection - MSU Faculty Recital Series LIVE MUSIC: The DeCamp Sisters from Romeo, Michigan http://wkar.org/post/live-music-decamp-sisters-romeo-michigan <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-4d986032-7575-fb33-b417-26595876ab7d" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">T<span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">oday for our live music Friday series, we welcome <a href="http://www.thedecampsisters.com/">The DeCamp Sisters</a> to the studio. Hailing from the Romeo, Michigan, Riley and Libby DeCamp bring their earthy and harmonious music to life. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:32:17 +0000 Joe Linstroth 52385 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: The DeCamp Sisters from Romeo, Michigan Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/lowdown-brass-band-backstage-pass <p>Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:48:56 +0000 Bill Richards 52331 at http://wkar.org Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass Big LLou and the Bluesville Revue on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/big-llou-and-bluesville-revue-backstage-pass <p>South Chicago blues hosted by the voice of BB King's Bluesville. WATCH NOW Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:39:55 +0000 Bill Richards 52150 at http://wkar.org Big LLou and the Bluesville Revue on BackStage Pass Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms http://wkar.org/post/ann-arbor-symphony-closes-season-brahms <p>The <a href="http://www.a2so.com/">Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra</a> closes its 2013-14 season Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.</p><p><em>Current State's</em> Peter Whorf spoke with music director Arie Lipsky about the upcoming season and Saturday's concert. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:20:05 +0000 Peter Whorf 52048 at http://wkar.org Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms Brahms Festival Live Concert Special - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra http://wkar.org/post/brahms-festival-live-concert-special-ann-arbor-symphony-orchestra <p><strong>Sat. Apr. 12 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR</strong> | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra live from the Michigan Theatre.</p><p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:39:47 +0000 editor 51770 at http://wkar.org Brahms Festival Live Concert Special - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House http://wkar.org/post/women-soul-performance-white-house <p><strong>WATCH NOW</strong> | A celebration of female music artists, featuring Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 editor 51756 at http://wkar.org Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House WATCH NOW: Phil Denny on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-phil-denny-backstage-pass-0 <p>Contemporary urban jazz led by blazing sax from Lansing native Phil Denny. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 51761 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Phil Denny on BackStage Pass WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-simien-whale-backstage-pass <p class="p1">Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.<br /><br /> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jason Thomson 51657 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU http://wkar.org/post/heartbreaking-opera-classic-comes-msu <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a1fbdbd6-2ce4-7466-e542-80b10cefbb9a" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:13px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://music.msu.edu/areas-studios/vocal-arts/msu-opera-theatre">MSU Opera Theater</a> perform’s Giacomo Puccini’s "La Boheme" this weekend at Fairchild Theatre. <em>Current State’s</em> Peter Whorf spoke with director <a href="http://music.msu.edu/faculty/profile/melanie">Melanie Helton </a>and music director <a href="http://music.msu.edu/areas-studios/vocal-arts/msu-opera-theatre/daniel-beckwith-bio">Daniel Beckwith</a>, and the three are also joined by cast members for WKAR studio performances</span>. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:59:49 +0000 Peter Whorf 51692 at http://wkar.org Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's Wisaal http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansings-wisaal <p><em>Current State</em>'s Live Music Friday series features <a href="http://www.wisaalmusic.com/">Wisaal</a>, an East Lansing-based band that combines Eastern and Western musical styles to form a sound that’s all their own. Wisaal is made up of members Ben Fuhrman on mandolin, Igor Houwat on oud, Will Cicola on clarinet, Tim Patterson on bass, and Ty Forquer and Mike List on percussion. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:51:53 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51694 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's Wisaal Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/simien-whale-backstage-pass <p><strong>Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD</strong> | Break-beat rock and indie-pop. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Bill Richards 51427 at http://wkar.org Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein http://wkar.org/post/lso-feature-american-composers-copland-bernstein <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-07c86593-08e0-1e6b-bcd2-6f2e31f8710e" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a>’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. It features music from American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51353 at http://wkar.org LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein Maurice Davis Quartet on BackStage Pass http://wkar.org/post/maurice-davis-quartet-backstage-pass <p><strong>Fri. March 28, 9 pm on WKAR-TV</strong> | Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:16:42 +0000 Bill Richards 51343 at http://wkar.org Maurice Davis Quartet on BackStage Pass Director of noted English choir leads Grand Rapids ensemble http://wkar.org/post/director-noted-english-choir-leads-grand-rapids-ensemble <p></p><p>An unusual choir of men and boys based in Grand Rapids will present a Lenten season program this Friday and Saturday at St. Andrews Cathedral in downtown Grand Rapids. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:44:06 +0000 Mark Bashore 51291 at http://wkar.org Director of noted English choir leads Grand Rapids ensemble LIVE MUSIC: Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong with Paul Ojibway and Brian Lange http://wkar.org/post/live-music-lansing-singer-twyla-birdsong-paul-ojibway-and-brian-lange <p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-8025e195-e4b3-659a-314a-60dd8d32dec2" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As our live music guest today, </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Current State</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> welcomes singer <a href="http://www.twylabirdsong.com/">Twyla Birdsong.</a> She was joined by Paul Ojibway on piano and Brian Lange on the tenor saxophone. Birdsong is a blues singer based here in Lansing, Michigan who often plays with the collaborative, <a href="http://www.thehoopties.com/">The Hoopties</a>. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:22:01 +0000 Joe Linstroth 51001 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong with Paul Ojibway and Brian Lange