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

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

Fri. July 29 at 11pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Grand Rapids-based group brings salsa to JazzFest 2015 with “Mama Kiyelele” and more. WATCH NOW

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Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Fri. July 29 at 11:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | 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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Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Michigan-native George DeLancey brings “The Piano by the Window” and more. WATCH NOW

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Matthew Dae Smith / WKAR-MSU

This encore set includes the hit “I’m Going to New York” and more. WATCH NOW

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Matthew Dae Smith / WKAR-MSU

Long-time blues artist Donald Kinsey jams with the grooving Dewaynes. WATCH NOW

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Rachel Tang / WKAR-MSU

Back again for an encore, this trio plays “Alio E Olio” and  more. WATCH NOW

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Rachel Tang / WKAR-MSU

Enjoy this jazz trio featuring high-octane organ, smooth drums and a non-traditional jazz guitar.  WATCH NOW

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. WATCH NOW

Betty Joplin on BackStage Pass | Ep. 707

May 2, 2016
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Grammy nominated and Michigan favorite Betty Joplin lends her vocal styling to some of the greatest standards ever written. WATCH NOW

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