BackStage Pass

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Featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region since January 2009. As of May 2014, more than 50 acts have appeared on BackStage Pass. Twenty new episodes debut in 2015.

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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

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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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.

Band performing on stage
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Americana country rock from rising star Gunnar Nyblad. | Watch it Online Now

Singer being interviewed for tv
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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

Band performing on stage
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High-energy alt-pop from West Michigan. | Watch it online now

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

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

Sena Ehrhardt singing on stage
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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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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.

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

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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.

Band on Stage
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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.

Singer and guitar player on stage
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Select scenes from the upcoming 2013 broadcast season of BackStage Pass, featuring music made in Michigan.

John Douglas and band on stage
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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.

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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"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.

Singer and guitar player on stage
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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.

Band on stage
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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SLIDESHOW: Greg Nagy on BackStage Pass

Apr 10, 2012

Greg Nagy on BackStage Pass

Scenes from a 2012 episode of BackStage Pass from WKAR.

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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

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

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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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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