Music

Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Album covers used to get almost as much attention as the music inside. The Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall marks the “Golden Age of Album Art” from 1967 to ‘83 with an exhibit through October 6th. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a look.


Mary Flower photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan BluesFest returns to Lansing this weekend, and our Live Music Friday guest is Mary Flower, in town from Portland, Oregon to perform tonight. We also talk with organizer Terry Terry about this year’s BluesFest.


Harpsichord photo
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It’s an ancestor to the piano, and over the past few years it's been making a comeback. Meet the man from the Flint Institute of Music who teaches how to play the harpsichord.


Beaumont Brass photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

This Sunday night at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, a new Spartan sound comes to the stage. The Beaumont Brass and friends unveil “Spartan Fanfare.” Current State's Peter Whorf has a preview.


Yafim Bronfman photo
Dario Acosta

The great pianist Yefim Bronfman is making appearances this weekend in Michigan, first with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky on Friday, then on Sunday, a solo piano performance at the Wharton Center. We ask him about maneuvering that split personality.


Andy Irvine photo
Courtesy photo / Ten Pound Fiddle

The 42nd season of Ten Pound Fiddle concerts kicks off this weekend. We talk with Sally Potter about this year's lineup.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra kicks off their concert season this weekend. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt about the concert.


Derek Polischuk and Melanie Helton photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

The first of this year’s MSU College of Music faculty recitals happens on Wednesday. We learn why soprano Melanie Helton has called her performance “Lover’s Lullaby: A Evening of Excruciatingly Bad Songs.”


Airmen of Note
Staff Sgt. Mike Fariss / U.S. Air Force

Did you know the U.S. Air Force has a jazz band? They’re called the Airmen of Note, and they’re spending a couple of days in Michigan this weekend. We speak with a Senior Master Sergeant from the band.


Michael Dease photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michael Dease, a world-class trombone player who teaches in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program. His most recent album is “Father Figure.”

A new recording project features Lansing artists working in the realm of spoken word music. Scott Pohl talks with Tyler Jenson, the musician responsible for “Speak Life: The Spoken Word Collection Vol. 1,” and one of the artists, Twyla Birdsong.


Rodney Lontine photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Music

The Flint Institute of Music has a new CEO. We speak with Rodney Lontine about his plans for the venerated institution, as well as the Flint Symphony.


Prince photo
Scott Penner / flickr creative commons

The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame is coming to Dearborn next weekend to induct some big names in the industry. Its founder hopes to build his shrine in the hometown of Motown. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us on a tour through the history of R & B.


Matt Watroba photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Matt Watroba is our Live Music Friday guest this week. He’s a folk singer-guitarist-songwriter out of Detroit who frequently works with another former Live Music Friday guest, the Rev. Robert Jones.

Peter Frampton will forever hold a place in the hearts of his fans. 13-million people bought “Frampton Comes Alive” in the 70’s. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the guitar legend ahead of his return to Michigan this week.


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