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

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Soulful swingers bring blues, rock and funk led by Heather Jones' soaring vocals. | WATCH online now

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Hard bop from Grand Rapids-based saxophonist Michael Doyle and some of the finest jazz players in Michigan. | WATCH ONLINE NOW

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Evidence Jazz Group on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, March 24, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview.

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Americana country rock from rising star Gunnar Nyblad. | Watch it Online Now

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Gunnar and the Grizzly Boys debuts Sunday, February 24, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview

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High-energy alt-pop from West Michigan. | Watch it online now

Band performing on stage
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Domestic Problems debuts Sunday, February 17 at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview.

John Douglas playing fluegelhorn
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Seasoned bebop with an edge from Detroit's John Douglas | Watch it online now

Sena Ehrhardt singing on stage
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Sun. Feb 3 at 7 p.m. on WKAR HD/23 | Sizzling blues from newcomer Sena Ehrhardt. | View It Online Now

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John Douglas Quintet on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, February 10, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here's an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass interview.

Musicians on stage
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Brenda Loomis Band on BackStage Pass. Broadcast premiere 1/27/13 | 8pm Saturday Feb. 2 on WKAR World | 11pm Saturday Feb. 2 on WKAR-TV World | Watch It Here Now

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Sena Ehrhardt Band on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, February 3, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here’s an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass Interview

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Broadcast premiere 7pm Sunday 1/20/13 on WKAR-TV | Watch it here now

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Brenda Loomis Band on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, January 27, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here's an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass interview.

Band on Stage
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Silent Lapse on BackStage Pass debuts Sunday, January 20, at 7 p.m. on WKAR-TV. Here's an extended excerpt from the BackStage Pass interview.

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