Music

performer on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

BackStage Pass returns to TV in the capital region on Saturday, September 16 at 10 p.m. on local PBS station WKAR.

Kalamazoo Gals vintage photo
Courtesy photo / John Thomas

As men went off to fight in World War Two, their places in America’s factories were often taken by women. That’s what happened at the Gibson guitar factory in Kalamazoo. Author John Thomas will discuss his book on those women, “Kalamazoo Gals,” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Elderly Instruments in Old Town Lansing.  

Bob Baldori and Chuck Berry
Courtesy photo / Bob Baldori

Rock and Roll pioneer Chuck Berry died on Saturday at the age of 90. Okemos-based musician “Boogie” Bob Baldori was a close friend and collaborator for many years.


Joshua Davis photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

WKAR-TV is working on an upcoming season of “Backstage Pass” programs. Top musicians perform live before an audience in the WKAR studios for the show.

A few days ago, Joshua Davis was here with his band.


There’s nothing new about cover versions of Beatles songs, but the local band Organissimo has decided to create jazzy renditions of some of your favorite Beatles tunes. It's called "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute to the Fab Four."


Jamie Paisley

Tuesday night, January 31st, the MSU Wind Symphony presents a concert of American composers at the Wharton Center. WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with the man who leads the ensemble about to perform two pieces of music centered on periods of American strife: The Civil War & 9/11.


Image courtesy of Artists International Management

New MSU College of Music Artist-Faculty member Margarita Shevchenko is intricately linked to the works of Frederick Chopin. But in her Absolute Chamber Music concert this Thursday, she adds a complimentary composer.


Brad Paisley | Landmarks LIVE in Concert

Jan 23, 2017
Brad Paisley with crowd
Courtesy / Great Performances

Fri. Jan. 27 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Country music superstar Brad Paisley returns to his roots in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for a special outdoor concert at West Virginia University.

Members of the Everett band warming up in their band room
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Katie Cook visits the final rehearsal at the school before the band makes the trip to Washington D.C.

 


The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! Starting today, I'll be watching your videos in search of the next great undiscovered artist to play at the Tiny Desk. And I won't be doing it alone. Our team of judges includes these fantastic musicians:

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify or Apple Music playlist at the bottom of the page.

Live Music: Arlene McDaniel Quartet

Jan 13, 2017
Arlene McDaniel Quartet
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Current State’s monthly live music segment features the music of Weather Report.

Yvonne Camaal Canul at WKAR radio studio
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After cutting back on arts programming, Lansing Schools have re-added certified music educators to elementary classrooms.  

District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul says she hopes to put art specialists back into elementary schools soon.

 

Terry Johnston | Grand Rapids Symphony

WKAR's Jamie Paisley talks with Marcelo Lehninger about getting to know a new orchestra and the upcoming Brahms/Schumann concert at Royce Auditorium, in the St. Cecilia Music Center


Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Live Music Friday this week, we’ve invited jazz saxophone star Phil Denny back to Current State for a touch of Christmas as the holiday approaches.


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