BackStage Pass

 

Watch Full Episodes at video.wkar.org

Returns to WKAR -TV Saturdays at 10 p.m. beginning September 16, 2017. 

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

ANTHONY CEPAK / WKAR-MSU

South Chicago blues hosted by the voice of BB King's Bluesville. 

Performer on stage
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Contemporary urban jazz led by blazing sax from Lansing native Phil Denny.

WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Apr 4, 2014
Performer on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.

WATCH NOW: Maurice Davis Quartet

Mar 31, 2014
Maurice Davis playing guitar
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. 

Performer on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.

Maurice Davis playing guitar
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Fri. March 28, 9 pm on WKAR-TV | Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON.

High-energy indie-rock from Detroit. WATCH NOW

Whitaker rplaying bass
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Jazz from a true master of the double bass, with some of the best players in the land and featured guests Rockelle Fortin and Terrell Stafford. WATCH NOW

Sugar Ray playing harmonica on stage
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Sizzling blues harp from the legendary Sugar Ray. Recorded live at Lansing BluesFest 2013 in historic Old Town Lansing. WATCH NOW

Band peforming on stage
Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

Ska-punk dance party music from Grand Rapids. Recorded live in performance at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

Singer
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Billie Holiday-inspired jazz vocals from Mardra Thomas, with the soulful, hard-swinging piano of Reggie Thomas and the Rodney Whitaker Quartet. | WATCH NOW

performers on stage
Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

Indie rock from Michigan's capital city. Elliot Street Lunatic features selections from their latest CD, "Ghost Town Lullabies."  | WATCH NOW

WKAR and PBS Now on Xbox 360

Oct 23, 2013

New PBS App provides on-demand access to WKAR originals QuizBusters, Off the Record and BackStage Pass and PBS favorites including Austin City Limits, Frontline and Masterpiece.

w.r. richards / WKAR

The WKAR production team heads to 2013 BluesFest in Old Town this weekend to capture acts live onstage for the next broadcast season of BackStage Pass, the TV series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

BackStage Pass Concert recordings are this week!

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