BackStage Pass

9pm Fridays - WKAR-HD | 1am Saturdays - WKAR-HD | 8pm Saturdays - WKAR World

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Featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region since January 2009. As of May 2013, more than 40 acts have appeared on BackStage Pass. Over a dozen new shows debut in 2014.

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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
MSU Alumni Association

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

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TV Made in Michigan
10:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Having a Ball on BackStage Pass

Mardra and Reggie Thomson with the Rodney Whitaker Quartet, recorded live at Lansing JazzFest
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Funktion on BackStage Pass

Funktion's Trademark (l) and Schrockalicous (r)
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass

Kevin Nichols
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass

Lowdown Brass Band
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
8:39 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Big LLou and the Bluesville Revue on BackStage Pass

Big Llou with Nellie "Tiger" Smith appearing on Backstage Pass from WKAR.
Credit Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

WATCH NOW: Phil Denny on BackStage Pass

Phil Denny
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
9:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Mon March 31, 2014

WATCH NOW: Maurice Davis Quartet

Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. 

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Zach Guy of Simien the Whale
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
6:16 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Maurice Davis Quartet on BackStage Pass

Maurice Davis
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

WATCH NOW: The Hard Lessons on BackStage Pass

High-energy indie-rock from Detroit. WATCH NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
10:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

WATCH NOW: Rodney Whitaker Quartet on BackStage Pass

Rodney Whitaker
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
9:33 am
Sun February 16, 2014

WATCH NOW: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones on BackStage Pass

Sugar Ray
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
9:22 am
Sun February 16, 2014

WATCH NOW: Mustard Plug on BackStage Pass

Credit Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

WATCH NOW: Mardra and Reggie Thomas on BackStage Pass

Mardra Thomas
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
3:55 am
Sat February 1, 2014

WATCH NOW: Elliot Street Lunatic on Backstage Pass

Elliot Street Lunatic appearing on WKAR's BackStage Pass
Credit Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

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

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WKAR Blog
12:20 am
Wed October 23, 2013

WKAR and PBS Now on Xbox 360

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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TV Made in Michigan
5:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

WKAR's BackStage Pass at 2013 BluesFest this Weekend

A scene from 20120 BluesFest. WKAR is recording again this year at 2013 BluesFest
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

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.

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Be in the TV Audience
9:10 am
Tue June 18, 2013

This Week! BackStage Pass Concert Recordings

BackStage Pass Concert recordings are this week!

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WKAR Blog
5:28 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

BackStage Pass Tickets Around Town

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!

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TV Made in Michigan
9:05 am
Mon June 3, 2013

June 18-20 | BackStage Pass FREE Concert TV Recordings

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.

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Ahead
11:17 am
Wed May 8, 2013

WATCH: BackStage Pass - Them Changes

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

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TV Made in Michigan
9:45 am
Thu May 2, 2013

WATCH: Howling Diablos on BackStage Pass

Howling Diablos on BackStage Pass
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
6:40 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

WATCH: Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects on BackStage Pass

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

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TV Made in Michigan
8:52 am
Mon April 22, 2013

WATCH: Eyde Evans Hyde on BackStage Pass

Edye Evans Hyde with the Terry Lower quartet at Lansing JazzFest 2012
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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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TV Made in Michigan
8:16 am
Sun April 14, 2013

WATCH: Bryan Michael Fischer Band on BackStage Pass

Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
11:05 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

WATCH: Home Again on BackStage Pass

Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
8:26 am
Fri March 29, 2013

WATCH: Heather Jones and Jones'n on BackStage Pass

Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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TV Made in Michigan
6:54 am
Mon March 25, 2013

WATCH: Evidence Jazz Group on BackStage Pass

Evidence Jazz Group
Credit WKAR-MSU

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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TV Made in Michigan
1:44 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Evidence Jazz Group - Interview for BackStage Pass

Michael S. Doyle of Evidence Jazz Group
Credit WKAR-MSU

Evidence Jazz Group on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, March 24, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview.

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