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

WKAR

Bluesy hardbop & free-jazz exploration from keyboardist Jim Alfredson and Dirty Fingers.

WKAR

Blues with old-school sensibility and modern-day energy from Hank Mowrey and Mike Morgan.

Harper and Midwest Kind on BackStage Pass

Mar 17, 2015
STACY HOXSEY / WKAR

Join award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Peter Harper as he creates a heady mix of original world, blues & roots music, featuring soulful vocals, wailing harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo.

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

Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

performers on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Funk powerhouse from Kalamazoo. Recorded live at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

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

Hard-driving blues from Jackson, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district.

performers on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk.

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

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