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

Joshua Davis singing on stage with BSP logo behind him
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Enjoy the highlights from season 8 of BackStage Pass!  

band on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The incredible indie folk band, The Accidentals, perform on BackStage Pass! WATCH NOW

The Crane Wives on BackStage Pass | Ep. 808

Oct 30, 2017
band on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

West Michigan indie rock band, The Crane Wives, perform on BackStage Pass! WATCH NOW

band on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Chicago jazz Lowdown Brass Band gives an electric performance at Lansing JazzFest! WATCH NOW

Bobby Murray on BackStage Pass | Ep. 806

Oct 16, 2017
Bobby Murray with band on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Legendary guitarist Bobby Murray performs the music of Etta James! WATCH NOW

Nicole New singing in to a microphone
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Feel the music in your bones as Nicole New performs jazz renditions of songs with Detroit’s Woodward Horns! WATCH NOW

collage of artists
Courtesy / WKAR-MSU

Enjoy performances from rock band Off the Ledge and female folk trio Stella! WATCH NOW

Danielle Nicole on BackStage Pass | Ep. 803

Sep 26, 2017
Danielle Nicole on stage with lights behind
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Blues singer and songwriter Danielle Nicole on BackStage Pass! WATCH NOW

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

Hip-hop artist and Flint native Mama Sol performs Hard to Swallow, Thankful and much more!  WATCH NOW

Joshua Davis on BackStage Pass | Ep. 801

Sep 12, 2017
Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

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

performer on stage
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.

MI BluesFest logo
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!

poster
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.   

Group portrait on stage
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! 

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