BackStage Pass

11 & 11:30pm Fridays - WKAR-HD | 9 & 9:30pm Thursdays - WKAR World

View Full Episodes at video.wkar.org  and with PBS App for iPad/iPhone and in the PBS Channel on Roku, Xbox 360, and Apple TV.

Featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region since January 2009. As of May 2014, more than 50 acts have appeared on BackStage Pass. Twenty new episodes debut in 2015.

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Select festival recordings are a co-production of WKAR at Michigan State University Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and MessageMakers

Production support provided by
MSU Federal Credit Union

This activity is supported in part by an award from the
MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS
AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

and the
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

Harper and Midwest Kind
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Fri. Mar. 20 - 11pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | BackStage Pass is kicking off season 6 with two 30-minute episodes back-to-back featuring Harper and MidWest Kind.

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Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

performers on stage
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Funk powerhouse from Kalamazoo. Recorded live at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

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Hard-driving blues from Jackson, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district.

performers on stage
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Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk.

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South Chicago blues hosted by the voice of BB King's Bluesville. WATCH NOW

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Contemporary urban jazz led by blazing sax from Lansing native Phil Denny.

WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Apr 4, 2014
Performer on stage
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Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.

WATCH NOW: Maurice Davis Quartet

Mar 31, 2014
Maurice Davis playing guitar
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Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. 

Performer on stage
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Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.

Maurice Davis playing guitar
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Fri. March 28, 9 pm on WKAR-TV | Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON.

High-energy indie-rock from Detroit. WATCH NOW

Whitaker rplaying bass
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Jazz from a true master of the double bass, with some of the best players in the land and featured guests Rockelle Fortin and Terrell Stafford. WATCH NOW

Sugar Ray playing harmonica on stage
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Sizzling blues harp from the legendary Sugar Ray. Recorded live at Lansing BluesFest 2013 in historic Old Town Lansing. WATCH NOW

Band peforming on stage
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Ska-punk dance party music from Grand Rapids. Recorded live in performance at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

Singer
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Billie Holiday-inspired jazz vocals from Mardra Thomas, with the soulful, hard-swinging piano of Reggie Thomas and the Rodney Whitaker Quartet. | WATCH NOW

performers on stage
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Indie rock from Michigan's capital city. Elliot Street Lunatic features selections from their latest CD, "Ghost Town Lullabies."  | WATCH NOW

WKAR and PBS Now on Xbox 360

Oct 23, 2013

New PBS App provides on-demand access to WKAR originals QuizBusters, Off the Record and BackStage Pass and PBS favorites including Austin City Limits, Frontline and Masterpiece.

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The WKAR production team heads to 2013 BluesFest in Old Town this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

BackStage Pass Concert recordings are this week!

FREE Tickets for a chance to be in the TV audience for the June 18-20 BackStage Pass Concert recordings are available at these area businesses and locations. While they last!

It's more than a festival. More than a concert. It's your chance to be in the TV audience for live recording of great music, June 18-20 at East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

Season four highlights featuring Howling Diablos, Silent Lapse, Domestic Problems and more. | 7pm Sunday May 12

WATCH: Howling Diablos on BackStage Pass

May 2, 2013
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Rocking, funky, blues jams from Detroit musical legends. | WATCH ONLINE NOW

Brian Lorente on stage
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Original country rock from the dynamic Brian Lorente. | WATCH ONLINE NOW

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West Michigan's Eyde Evans Hyde delivers swanky, classic jazz and upbeat blues that make you stand up and move. | Watch Online Now

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Powerful vocals from seasoned blues performer Bryan Michael Fischer from West Michigan. | Sunday at 7 on WKAR-TV | Watch Online Now

Band performing on stage
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Toe-tapping alt-country collaboration by veteran performers Andy Holtgreive and Bill Kenny. |  Watch Online Now

Female singer on stage
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Soulful swingers bring blues, rock and funk led by Heather Jones' soaring vocals. | WATCH online now

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Hard bop from Grand Rapids-based saxophonist Michael Doyle and some of the finest jazz players in Michigan. | WATCH ONLINE NOW

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