BackStage Pass

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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
9:37 am
Thu February 21, 2013

WATCH: Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys on BackStage Pass

Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Americana country rock from rising star Gunnar Nyblad. | Watch it Online Now

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Heard BackStage
11:49 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Gunnar & the Grizzly Boys - Interview for BackStage Pass

BackStage Pass talks with Gunnar Nyad
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys debuts Sunday, February 24, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview

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TV Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Thu February 14, 2013

WATCH: Domestic Problems on BackStage Pass

Domestic Problems
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

High-energy alt-pop from West Michigan. | Watch it online now

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Heard BackStage
2:36 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Domestic Problems - Interview for BackStage Pass

Domestic Problems at East Lansing Hannah Community Center
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Domestic Problems debuts Sunday, February 17 at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

WATCH: John Douglas Quintet on BackStage Pass

John Douglas
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Seasoned bebop with an edge from Detroit's John Douglas | Watch it online now

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TV Made in Michigan
3:57 pm
Sun February 3, 2013

WATCH: Sena Ehrhardt on BackStage Pass

Sena Ehrhardt
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Sun. Feb 3 at 7 p.m. on WKAR HD/23 | Sizzling blues from newcomer Sena Ehrhardt. | View It Online Now

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Heard BackStage
6:23 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

John Douglas - Interview for BackStage Pass

John Douglas Quintet
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

John Douglas Quintet on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, February 10, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here's an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass interview.

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Music Made in Michigan
5:38 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

WATCH: Brenda Loomis Band on BackStage Pass

Brenda Loomis Band
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

Brenda Loomis Band on BackStage Pass. Broadcast premiere 1/27/13 | 8pm Saturday Feb. 2 on WKAR World | 11pm Saturday Feb. 2 on WKAR-TV World | Watch It Here Now

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TV Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Sena Ehrhardt - Interview for BackStage Pass

Sena Ehrhardt with her father and guitar player Ed Ehrhardt
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-Michigan State University

Sena Ehrhardt Band on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, February 3, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview

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TV Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

WATCH: Silent Lapse on BackStage Pass

Silent Lapse
w.r. richards WKAR

Broadcast premiere 7pm Sunday 1/20/13 on WKAR-TV | Watch it here now

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Heard BackStage
11:42 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Brenda Loomis - Interview for BackStage Pass

Brenda Loomis being interviewed by BackStage Pass producer Mike Mihalus with the BackStage Pass crew.
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

Brenda Loomis Band on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, January 27, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here's an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass interview.

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Heard BackStage
10:45 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Silent Lapse - Interview for BackStage Pass

Silent Lapse appearing on BackStage Pass
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR

Silent Lapse on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, January 20, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here's an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass interview.

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Preview
10:59 am
Fri September 14, 2012

VIDEO: Coming January 2013 to BackStage Pass

Howling Diablos recording for BackStage Pass
w.r. richards WKAR

Select scenes from the upcoming 2013 broadcast season of BackStage Pass, featuring music made in Michigan.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:59 am
Mon August 6, 2012

PHOTOS: BackStage Pass Taping at Lansing JazzFest

John Douglas and his band at Lansing JazzFest in Old Town
w.r. richards WKAR

The BackStage Pass crew was in our community at Lansing JazzFest August 3 and 4, recording for the upcoming broadcast season of the television series featuring music made in Michigan.

Friday, the team recorded New Evidence Jazz Group and John Douglas. Check out Friday's set of photos on facebook.

In Our Community
11:19 am
Mon July 30, 2012

BackStage Pass at Lansing JazzFest

The WKAR production team heads to Lansing JazzFest this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan.

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TV Made in Michigan
1:44 am
Thu July 19, 2012

BackStage Pass Across the U.S.

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"BackStage Pass" from WKAR has aired on public broadcasting stations across the country, in six of the top ten markets, including the top two: New York and Los Angeles. Episodes have been seen in more than half of the television markets in the country, with over 5000 telecasts to-date (source: TRAC Media). "BackStage Pass" is distributed by the National Educational Television Association (NETA) free to public broadcasting stations across the country.

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TV Made in Michigan
8:29 am
Wed July 11, 2012

PHOTOS: Howling Diablos Taping for 'BackStage Pass'

Howling Diablos recording for BackStage Pass
w.r. richards WKAR-Michigan State University

Here's a set of photos with Howling Diablos, from the BackStage Pass June Concert Series recorded in June 2012 at the Albert White Performing Arts Theatre in the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. Look for the "BackStage Pass" episode featuring Howling Diablos coming to TV from WKAR in 2013. Follow BackStage Pass on facebook for updates.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:50 am
Thu July 5, 2012

PHOTOS: Home Again Taping for 'BackStage Pass'

Home Again recording for BackStage Pass
w.r. richards WKAR-Michigan State University

Here's a set of photos with Home Again, from the BackStage Pass June Concert Series recorded in June 2012 at the Albert White Performing Arts Theatre in the East Lansing Hannah Community Center. Look for the "BackStage Pass" episode featuring Home Again coming to TV from WKAR in 2013. Follow BackStage Pass on facebook for updates.

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Special Free Music Event
3:36 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

TICKETS: BackStage Pass June Concert Series

June 26 and 27 at East Lansing Hannah Community Center, in the Albert White Performing Arts Theater.  Two free shows per night, featuring Home Again, Domestic Problems, Howling Diablos and Silent Lapse. These concerts are being recorded for BackStage Pass, the television series featuring music made in Michigan.

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PRESS RELEASE
3:35 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: 'BackStage Pass' Announces New Season, New Taping Venue

PRESS RELEASE
MAY 15, 2012

"BackStage Pass" from WKAR Public Media kicks off a new production season with four concert tapings at East Lansing Hannah Community Center on June 26 and 27. The featured bands will be Home Again, Domestic Problems, Howling Diablos and Silent Lapse.

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Events
3:05 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY: WKAR's 'BackStage Pass' to Announce June Concert Recordings and Venue

Join WKAR as it reveals the line-up for the next Backstage Pass recording sessions, coming to East Lansing in June. The WKAR television series featuring music made in Michigan kicks off an all-new season of production at a brand new venue, with bands that have never been featured before by WKAR.

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Events
12:47 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

BackStage Pass Update - Save These Dates

The third broadcast season of BackStage Pass just wrapped up, with TV featuring music made in Michigan from the Chenille Sisters, Larry McCray, Bowery, and many more great, original acts.  Those 10 shows will repeat on WKAR-TV beginning this week and continuing into the summer.

Fans are wondering: will there be a fourth season? and, how can I be in the TV audience for the next shows?  We are thrilled to announce that there WILL be a fourth season of BackStage Pass.

TV Made in Michigan
6:07 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Shine On | BackStage Pass

Highlights from the third season.  Premiere Thu. Apr 19 at 10p on WKAR HD/23 | Sat. Apr 21 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Apr 21 at 11p on WKAR HD/23 | VIEW IT ONLINE NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Greg Nagy | BackStage Pass

Blues with a modern edge out of Flint, Michigan.

Premieres Thu. Apr 12 at 10p on WKAR HD/23 | also airs Sat. Apr 14 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Apr 14 at 11p on WKAR HD/23

WATCH IT ONLINE NOW

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TV Made in Michigan
3:20 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Greg Nagy on BackStage Pass

Greg Nagy on BackStage Pass

Scenes from a 2012 episode of BackStage Pass from WKAR.

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TV Made in Michigan
6:05 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Bowery | BackStage Pass

Indie rock from Grand Rapids.
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also Sat. Apr 7 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Apr 7 at 11p on WKAR HD/23

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TV Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Larry McCray | BackStage Pass

The soulful blues guitar powerhouse from Saginaw comes to BackStage Pass.
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airs Thu. Mar 29 at 10p on WKAR HD/23 | Sat. Mar 31 at 8p on WKAR WORLD | Sat. Mar 31 at 11p on WKAR HD/23

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TV Made in Michigan
5:25 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Behind the Scenes with Larry McCray on BackStage Pass

Rehearsal and behind-the-scenes images of Larry McCray on BackStage Pass.
From the April 2011 taping in WKAR Studio A, for a 2012 episode of BackStage Pass from WKAR.

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TV Made in Michigan
5:20 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Larry McCray on BackStage Pass

Larry McCray on BackStage Pass

Scenes from the April 2011 taping in WKAR Studio A, for a 2012 episode of BackStage Pass from WKAR.

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Larry McCray
4:10 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Get To Know Larry McCray

Larry McCray and his band have been an integral part of the Michigan blues scene for over 20 years. He has released six studio albums and has received the prestige title of Orville Gibson Male Blues Guitarist in 2000.

Larry talks here about musical creativity:

If you can't step outside the lines and put any of your own influence, then there's not really much of a future left for musicians.

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