Music Made in Michigan http://wkar.org en 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 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 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 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 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 'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration http://wkar.org/post/latin-america-celebrates-cultural-collaboration <p>The second MSU "<a href="http://www.music.msu.edu/latin-is-america">Latin IS America</a>" series got underway Wednesday and continues at campus locations and around the Lansing area through next Saturday, April 19. It's a ten day festival that includes lectures, discussions, and concerts. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:47:34 +0000 Peter Whorf 51984 at http://wkar.org 'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration 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 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 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 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 Punk legends unplug for Lansing performance http://wkar.org/post/punk-legends-unplug-lansing-performance <p>Two legends of punk rock music will be in Lansing for a concert tonight, but rather than screaming electric guitars, the show will be acoustic. The “Punk Goes Acoustic” tour features Sylvain Sylvain, who played guitar in the New York Dolls, and <a href="http://www.sexpistolsofficial.com/bio/glen-matlock/">Glen Matlock</a>, who was the original bassist in the Sex Pistols before the infamous Sid Vicious. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:27:00 +0000 Scott Pohl 50886 at http://wkar.org Punk legends unplug for Lansing performance A preview of summer concerts from mid-Michigan to Interlochen http://wkar.org/post/preview-summer-concerts-mid-michigan-interlochen <p>As we dream of warm days to come, summer music festivals around Michigan are releasing their summer schedules. Among the performances are the <a href="http://greatlakeschambermusic.org/">Great Lakes Chamber Festival</a>, <a href="http://www.interlochen.org/">Interlochen</a> and the <a href="http://grsymphony.org/news">Grand Rapids Symphony</a>.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:28:11 +0000 Peter Whorf 50411 at http://wkar.org A preview of summer concerts from mid-Michigan to Interlochen LIVE MUSIC: Kalamazoo duo Red Tail Ring http://wkar.org/post/live-music-kalamazoo-duo-red-tail-ring <p></p><p>Michiganders Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are the duo known as Red Tail Ring.</p><p>Last year the "roots/Americana" duo released their third full length studio album, "The Heart's Swift Foot."&nbsp; They play tonight at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series.</p><p>With instruments like the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and even the jawharp, Premo and Beauchamp blend their harmonies into a clean traditional sound.</p><p>Red Tail Ring joined us in the studio to talk more about their roots and their writing process.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:12:17 +0000 Joe Linstroth 50313 at http://wkar.org LIVE MUSIC: Kalamazoo duo Red Tail Ring St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers http://wkar.org/post/st-petersburg-philharmonic-feature-fiery-russian-composers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>From the icy depths of mother Russia, the <a href="http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/st-petersburg-philharmonic-orchestra">St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra</a> comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vildefrang.com/">Vilde&nbsp;Frang</a>&nbsp;will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.</p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:28:24 +0000 Current State 49811 at http://wkar.org St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers Folk artist Tom Chapin on career, musical family http://wkar.org/post/folk-artist-tom-chapin-career-musical-family <p></p><p>Folk singer <a href="http://www.tomchapin.com/">Tom Chapin</a> will be in East Lansing for a couple of performances this weekend.&nbsp;Chapin is the featured artist at this week’s <a href="http://www.tenpoundfiddle.org/">Ten Pound Fiddle</a> concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Grove Street in East Lansing. The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday.&nbsp;Chapin will also perform at the city of East Lansing’s Children’s Concert Series on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the <a href="http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/hannah/">Hannah Community Center</a> on Abbot Road.</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:44:29 +0000 Current State 49574 at http://wkar.org Folk artist Tom Chapin on career, musical family Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk' http://wkar.org/post/musicians-pay-tribute-fathers-black-folk <p></p><p>Legendary African American folk-singer Josh White’s entrance into the world of music happened at age 7, when he took a job leading blind musicians across the states. Eventually Josh became an accomplished musician himself. He is credited with bringing gospel, blues and black folk music to the masses. In 1941, he was even the first African American musician to give a performance at the White House.</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 19:37:56 +0000 Current State 49267 at http://wkar.org Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk' Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions http://wkar.org/post/israeli-musician-fuses-jazz-middle-eastern-traditions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jazz bassist and composer </span><a href="http://omeravital.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Omer Avital</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be at Wharton Center’s </span>Pasant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Theater with his band on Feb. 12. </span>Avital’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:45:29 +0000 Current State 49158 at http://wkar.org Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms. http://wkar.org/post/msu-symphony-features-copeland-brahms <p></p><p><a href="http://orch.music.msu.edu/symphony-orchestra/index.html">The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s</a> next concert is Friday night at Wharton Center. It features the fourth and last symphony of Brahms, and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:04:38 +0000 Current State 48930 at http://wkar.org MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms. MSU musicians celebrate Mozart's birthday http://wkar.org/post/msu-musicians-celebrate-mozarts-birthday <p></p><p></p><p>Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be celebrated tonight at 7:30 at MSU's Fairchild Theatre as the College of Music presents its annual <a href="http://music.msu.edu/event-listing/monday-1-27-730-pm-happy-birthday-mozart/">"Happy Birthday Mozart" </a>concert.&nbsp; Woodwind musicians will perform several of Mozart's chamber works, and faculty vocalists will sing arias from three of Mozart's best known operas: "Don Giovanni", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte". Mon, 27 Jan 2014 16:40:28 +0000 Current State 48504 at http://wkar.org MSU musicians celebrate Mozart's birthday East Lansing musicians explore ambient sounds http://wkar.org/post/east-lansing-musicians-explore-ambient-sounds <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Playing live all hour on <em>Current State</em> today are <a href="http://www.mattborghi.com/">Matt Borghi</a> on keyboards and <a href="http://michaelteager.com/">Mike Teager</a> on saxophone. The Lansing <a href="http://borghi-teager.com/">duo</a> has a new album of their ambient music out called “Convocation.” Fri, 24 Jan 2014 16:15:07 +0000 Current State 48383 at http://wkar.org East Lansing musicians explore ambient sounds Project aims to expand Detroit house concerts http://wkar.org/post/project-aims-expand-detroit-house-concerts <p>Dearborn's <a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/jeffkaroubjar">Jeff Karoub</a> provided <em>Current State's</em> live music in Studio S today. He's a reporter for the AP in Detroit, and a singer-songwriter. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:40:16 +0000 Current State 48092 at http://wkar.org Project aims to expand Detroit house concerts CMU jazzmen juggle performance, teaching http://wkar.org/post/cmu-jazzmen-juggle-performance-teaching <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Today’s Michigan Jazz Trail featured players are all music professors at Central Michigan University: Bob Lindahl on trombone, John Nichol on tenor sax, and Jeff Kressler on keys. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:16:30 +0000 Current State 47802 at http://wkar.org CMU jazzmen juggle performance, teaching LSO celebrates season with holiday favorites http://wkar.org/post/lso-celebrates-season-holiday-favorites <p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/">Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s</a> Holiday Pops concert is Sunday at Wharton Center. <em>Current State’s </em>Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor <a href="http://lansingsymphony.org/Default.aspx?tabid=105">Timothy Muffitt</a> about the music, starting with some pieces that will include local students. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:11:10 +0000 Current State 46913 at http://wkar.org LSO celebrates season with holiday favorites Lansing Theatre organ pipes up http://wkar.org/post/lansing-theatre-organ-pipes <p>At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country.&nbsp; Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater.&nbsp; It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:50:41 +0000 Current State 46638 at http://wkar.org Lansing Theatre organ pipes up Traveling guitar project picks up Detroit musicians http://wkar.org/post/traveling-guitar-project-picks-detroit-musicians <p></p><p></p><p>People around the world strum away at guitars on a daily basis, maneuvering their language, voices and notes into spellbindings sounds. The <a href="http://www.theacousticguitarproject.com/project-05-detroit/">Acoustic Guitar Project</a> is all about trying to create and capture those moments. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:40:00 +0000 Current State 46632 at http://wkar.org Traveling guitar project picks up Detroit musicians Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country? http://wkar.org/post/detroits-music-heritage-motown-punk-rock-and-country <p></p><p></p><p>In the middle of the 20th century, Detroit was home to a thriving country music scene. This little known music history of the Motor City is chronicled in the book “<a href="http://www.press.umich.edu/5592531/detroit_country_music">Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies</a>.” Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:00:57 +0000 Current State 46402 at http://wkar.org Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country? MSU Opera presents 'The Magic Flute' http://wkar.org/post/msu-opera-presents-magic-flute <p></p><p>The Michigan State University Opera Theatre is presenting Mozart’s “<a href="http://music.msu.edu/news-archive/msu-opera-theatre-puts-modern-twist-on-mozarts-the-magic-flute">The Magic Flute</a>” starting Friday night in the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:01:56 +0000 Current State 45682 at http://wkar.org MSU Opera presents 'The Magic Flute' The Coffeehouse at All Saints invites musicians, writers, community http://wkar.org/post/coffeehouse-all-saints-invites-musicians-writers-community <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Every third Friday of the month from September to May, singers, guitarists, fiddlers, poets and writers gather at East Lansing’s All Saints Episcopal Church for an evening of words, music and fellowship. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:32:14 +0000 Current State 45357 at http://wkar.org The Coffeehouse at All Saints invites musicians, writers, community