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

Aguanko on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015

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

Planet D Nonet on BackStage Pass

Jul 23, 2015

Down and dirty big band swing from Detroit.


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


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

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.