BackStage Pass

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Featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region since January 2009. As of May 2013, more than 40 acts have appeared on BackStage Pass. Over a dozen new shows debut in 2014.

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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
MSU Alumni Association

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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TV Made in Michigan
11:54 am
Thu March 15, 2012

MSU College of Music | BackStage Pass

An evening of chamber music from Mozart and Faure.
First aired 3/22/12

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TV Made in Michigan
6:10 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

The Lash | BackStage Pass

Matt Hallowell WKAR

Celtic-American mash-up from a Michigan favorite.
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TV Made in Michigan
12:11 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Seeley and Baldori | BackStage Pass

Seeley and Baldori on BackStage Pass
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Dueling piano boogie from Michigan rock and blues legends.
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TV Made in Michigan
9:53 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Orrick Ewing | BackStage Pass

Orrick Ewing on BackStage Pass
Matt Hallowell WKAR

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Crunching funk and smooth jazz from Grammy-honored Lansing bassist.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:00 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Seth and May | BackStage Pass

Seth and May
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Uplifting folk/pop songs with a message from award-winning northern Michigan duo.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:00 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

Rusty Wright Band | BackStage Pass

The Rusty Wright Band
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Blues rock from Flint, Michigan, featuring slide-guitar master Rusty Wright.

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TV Made in Michigan
4:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

The Chenille Sisters | BackStage Pass

The Chenille Sisters
Matt Hallowell WKAR

Folk, jazz and humor from iconic Ann Arbor trio.

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5:00 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

The Verve Pipe | BackStage Pass

Brian Vander Ark of The Verve Pipe
w.r. richards WKAR

Edgy, harmonic tunes and favorites from nineties alt-rock icons.

Originally aired 4/7/11

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5:00 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Don Middlebrook and Living Soul | BackStage Pass

M. Walters WKAR

Tropic folk-rock whisks you away to warm sunny climates.

Originally aired 3/31/11

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5:00 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys | BackStage Pass

M. Walters WKAR

Sizzling hot dance hall rockabilly from West Michigan.

Originally aired 3/24/11

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4:00 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Groove Merchant | BackStage Pass

Instrumental jazz, rock and R & B quartet.

Originally aired 2/24/11

Tasty jazz, rock and R & B from the award-winning West Michigan instrumental quartet. Selections from their self-titled debut CD include "Creole Chopstix," "Seriocity," and "Sonter."

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4:00 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Thom Jayne and the Nomads | BackStage Pass

A rich sound that amazes and intrigues, from a broad blend of instruments and styles.

Originally aired 2/17/11

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4:00 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

MSU College of Music Voice Faculty | BackStage Pass

The soaring power of the human voice with Broadway and opera from MSU faculty stars.

Originally aired 2/10/11

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4:00 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Frog and the Beeftones | BackStage Pass

w.r. richards WKAR

Hard-driving blues rock that puts you on the dance floor.

Originally aired 2/3/11

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4:00 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

The Mickeys | BackStage Pass

Soaring vocals and classic folk harmonies that move and inspire.

Originally aired 1/27/11

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4:00 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Those Delta Rhythm Kings | BackStage Pass

Swinging jump-style blues that lifts you out of your seat.

Originally aired 1/20/11

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5:00 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

Best of BackStage Pass | BackStage Pass

Orquesta Ritmo, Root Doctor, organissimo, String Doctors, Jen Sygit, Steppin' In It, more.

Originally aired 5/27/10

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4:00 pm
Thu February 11, 2010

Steppin' In It/Shout Sister Shout | BackStage Pass

Old-time country swing and swing-era jazz classics from two of Michigan's hottest acts.

Originally aired 2/11/10

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4:00 pm
Thu February 4, 2010

Huckleberry Groove | BackStage Pass

This horn-heavy pop/funk/soul band from Michigan packs energy and a feel-good vibe.

Originally aired 2/4/10

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4:00 pm
Thu January 28, 2010

Jen Sygit and Spare Change | BackStage Pass

Bluesy folk with an edge from Michigan's singer/songwriter Jen Sygit.

Originally aired 1/28/10

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4:00 pm
Thu January 21, 2010

String Doctors | BackStage Pass

Good humor, hot-picking and great tunes with Michigan mainstays Joel Mabus, Ray Kamalay.

Originally aired 1/21/10

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4:00 pm
Thu January 14, 2010

organissimo | BackStage Pass

w.r. richards WKAR

Soul jazz from Michigan's internationally acclaimed organ trio led by Jim Alfredson.

Originally aired 1/14/10

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4:00 pm
Thu January 7, 2010

Big Willy | BackStage Pass

w.r. richards WKAR

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

Originally aired 1/7/10

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5:00 pm
Tue October 6, 2009

Orquesta Ritmo | BackStage Pass

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

Originally aired 10/6/09

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4:00 pm
Wed March 4, 2009

Root Doctor | BackStage Pass

w.r. richards WKAR

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

Originally aired 3/4/09

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4:00 pm
Wed January 21, 2009

MSU Professors of Jazz | BackStage Pass

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

Originally aired 1/21/09

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