BackStage Pass


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Saturdays at 10 p.m. on WKAR HD

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

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A driving guitar and brassy sax punctuate the songwriting of Michigan's C.W. Rideoutt.

Originally aired 1/7/10

Big band salsa from Michigan, a dance favorite led by Mike Eyia.

Originally aired 10/6/09

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Classic soul, R & B, traditional blues and inspired originals from a Michigan favorite.

Originally aired 3/4/09

Hard bop with jazz bassist Rodney Whitaker and colleagues from the College of Music at MSU

Originally aired 1/21/09