BackStage Pass

 

Watch Full Episodes at video.wkar.org

Returns to WKAR -TV Saturdays at 10 p.m. beginning September 16, 2017. 

A showcase of music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Backstage Pass captures the sights and sounds of open-air festivals and in studio performances and shares insights from the artists that make the music.

Season eight features musical performances from WKAR Studio A,  2016 Lansing JazzFest and 2016 Michigan BluesFest.

Festival performances are 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

view of full band on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MS

Sat., Sept. 23 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Hip-hop artist and Flint native Mama Sol performs Hard to Swallow, Thankful and much more!

Joshua Davis on BackStage Pass | Ep. 801

Sep 12, 2017
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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The singer/songwriter of The Voice performs “Let Me In” and more. | WATCH NOW HERE

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Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

BackStage Pass returns to TV in the capital region on Saturday, September 16 at 10 p.m. on local PBS station WKAR.

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Courtesy / Michigan BluesFest

Friday, Sept. 15 & Saturday, Sept. 16 in Old Town Lansing | The blues are in back in Old Town and WKAR will be there each evening!

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Courtesy / Lansing JazzFest

Friday, Aug. 4 & Saturday, Aug. 5 in Old Town Lansing | Jazz comes to the streets of Old Town, surrounded by art galleries, unique retail stores and grand architecture.   

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w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

BackStage Pass, Faces of Flint, Flint news coverage among Best in Category winners

BSPwkar Season 3 artists
Courtesy / WKAR-MSU

Fri. Dec. 23 at 11pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Enjoy holiday classics new and old with BackStage Pass! 

BackStage Pass at the 2016 Lansing JazzFest

Jul 29, 2016
Lansing JazzFest
Courtesy / Lansing JazzFest

Fri. and Sat., Aug. 5-6 in Old Town Lansing | Jazz comes to the streets of Old Town, surrounded by art galleries, unique retail stores and grand architecture.  

Best of Jazz on BackStage Pass | Ep. 719

Jul 20, 2016
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Fri. July 22 at 11pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Highlights from the top performers at the Lansing Jazz Fest.

Best of Blues on BackStage Pass | Ep. 720

Jul 20, 2016
Matthew Dae Smith / WKAR-MSU

Fri. July 22 at 11:30 pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Swinging, rocking, soulful blues from some of Michigan's most talented players. 

Grupo Aye on BackStage Pass | Ep. 717

Jul 11, 2016
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Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Grand Rapids-based group brings salsa to JazzFest 2015 with “Mama Kiyelele” and more. WATCH NOW

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Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Back for an encore, Grand Rapids-based group brings more salsa to JazzFest 2015. WATCH NOW

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Matthew Dae Smith / WKAR-MSU

Back for an encore, Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” brings us “Cry” and more. WATCH NOW

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Matthew Dae Smith / WKAR-MSU

Detroit’s “Queen of the Blues” sings her new single “I Gotta Sang the Blues” and more. WATCH NOW

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Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

This encore presentation features “Just One of Those Things” and more. WATCH NOW

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