BackStage Pass

Fridays at 11 & 11:30pm on WKAR HD. Season 7 Starts April 22!


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A showcase of music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Mixing intimate performance with personal interviews and behind the scenes footage, BackStage Pass is your front-row center seat for diverse music from Michigan and the Midwest's most talented artists. Whether the style is rock, jazz, folk, country, classical or R&B, BackStage Pass delivers outstanding entertainment.

Produced in association with Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and MessageMakers.

BackStage Pass is supported in part by
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
National Endowment for the Arts

BackStage Pass returns June 17

May 23, 2016
performers on stage
Rachel Tang / WKAR-MSU

BackStage Pass is on break for a few weeks, while we bring you special programming on Friday evenings May 20-June 10.

BackStage Pass returns on June 17, with jazz from Tony Monaco and Fareed Haque, featuring Randy Gelispie.

Good Cookies on BackStage Pass | Ep. 708

May 9, 2016

Swinging, rocking, soulful blues from some of Michigan's most talented veteran players. 

Betty Joplin on BackStage Pass | Ep. 707

May 2, 2016

Grammy nominated and Michigan favorite Betty Joplin lends her vocal styling to some of the greatest standards ever written.

performing on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Fri. May 6 at 11:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Detroit blues with a homestyle feel for a new generation. 

Chris Canas on BackStage Pass | Ep. 705

May 2, 2016
performing on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Detroit-based Chris Canas brings the blues with a homestyle feel to a new generation.