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

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

performing on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Detroit blues with a homestyle feel for a new generation. WATCH NOW

Chris Canas on BackStage Pass | Ep. 705

May 2, 2016
performing on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Detroit-based Chris Canas brings the blues with a homestyle feel to a new generation. WATCH NOW

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The encore set features "Fly Me to the Moon" and more big band jazz from Ann Arbor. WATCH NOW 

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Rachel Tang / WKAR-MSU

Big-band jazz from Ann Arbor featuring originals, classics and vocalist Sarah D'Angelo. WATCH NOW

performing on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

The contemporary bluesman from Chicago performs 'Walk It Off' and more. WATCH NOW

Toronzo Cannon on BackStage Pass | Ep. 701

Apr 16, 2016
performing on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

The contemporary bluesman from Chicago performs 'John the Conquer Root' and more. WATCH NOW

BackStage Pass at Lansing JazzFest 2015

Aug 3, 2015
performers on stage
WKAR

Aug. 7 & 8 | Jazz comes to the streets of Old Town, surrounded by art galleries, unique retail stores and grand architecture. 

Randy Gelispie Quartet on BackStage Pass

Jul 24, 2015
WKAR

Classic jazz from drummer Randy Gelispie and his Quartet.

Root Doctor on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015
WKAR

Classic soul, R&B, traditional blues and inspired originals from Root Doctor.

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Improvised cosmic-jazz from music veteran and producer Glenn Brown.

Marci Linn Band on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015
WKAR

Blue-eyed soul from veteran vocalist Marci Linn.

Kathleen and the Bridge Street Band

Jul 23, 2015
WKAR

Captivating soulful blues from vocalist Kathleen Walters and her Bridge Street Band.

Aguanko on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015
WKAR

Latin-Jazz standards and originals performed by Alberto Nacif and Aguanko.

Planet D Nonet on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015
WKAR

Down and dirty big band swing from Detroit.

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