Music

Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Thu December 11, 2014

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on December concerts

Flatfoot will headline the Punks vs. Pokes concert Friday at Mac's Bar in Lansing.
Credit http://www.macsbar.com/

It’s time for another look at the local music scene. Current State’s Scott Pohl is here with some concert and gift-giving ideas for December. He talked with Anne Erickson, the Lansing State Journal’s Things to Do reporter.

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Arts & Culture
11:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

MSU College of Music concert brings holiday cheer to EL

MSU’s "Home for the Holidays" concert comes to the Wharton Center stage this Saturday at 4 p.m. Kevin Noe and Kieran McMillan are the creators of the production, based on last year’s successful program.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Stevie Wonder back in MI to perform legendary album

'Songs in the Key of Life' is one of Stevie Wonder's best-loved albums. He performs music from the album tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tonight, a Michigan-born superstar returns home to perform a legendary album. Tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Stevie Wonder will perform all the tracks on the album “Songs In The Key of Life.”

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Arts & Culture
11:38 am
Fri November 7, 2014

MI MUSIC SCENE: LSJ's Anne Erickson on November concerts

The Flatliners will appear at Mac's Bar in Lansing November 29.
Credit http://www.theflatliners.com/

There’s always a lot of good music to consider in Lansing and elsewhere around the state. Some of the big names coming through Michigan in November are Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for music lovers.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Violin virtuoso joins Russian symphony for Wharton concert

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
Credit http://www.nadjasalernosonnenberg.com/

This Sunday night at the Wharton Center, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Peter Tchaikovsky and Max Bruch. The multi-talented Salerno-Sonnenberg has performed with just about every major symphony orchestra on the planet.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Mon November 3, 2014

DESERT ISLAND DOWNLOAD: NEO Center's Tom Stewart

Andrew McMahon of Jack's Mannequin
Credit www.andrewmcmahon.com

Today, we’re launching a new segment on Current State. “Desert Island Downloads” gives people a chance to talk about music they consider indispensable, what they’d want with them on the proverbial desert island.

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Music
11:25 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert feature Mendelssohn, Chopin

Pianist Colton Peltier joins the LSO for Saturday's concert.
Credit www.lansingsymphony.org/

The next Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert is Saturday night at MSU’s Wharton Center. The concert features Chopin’s first piano and Mendelssohn’s Italian symphony, and a new piece that people may not have heard yet.

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Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

NOLA musical legend Toussaint visits East Lansing

Allen Toussaint
Credit Courtesy - Michael Wilson

Some legendary New Orleans musicians will be in East Lansing tonight. The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint play at Wharton Center at 7:30. Allen Toussaint has pretty much done it all.

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Hot Views
10:13 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years

Celebrate the music series’ anniversary with some of the brightest stars in the show’s history.
Credit Austin City Limits

Fri. Oct. 3 - 9pm WKAR-HD | The series' 40th anniversary is celebrated with clips of classic performances; and collaborations between such artists as Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:59 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Introducing 'Forte' Featuring Area Student Musicians

The new original series from WKAR debuts Oct. 4 with Owosso High School Symphony Band.

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Music
2:11 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: East Lansing's Cuatro Sur

Cuatro Sur is Norberto Aguado (left) and Miguel Cabañas. The two perform regularly on Sundays at Foods For Living in East Lansing.
Credit WKAR

Cuatro Sur's sound is inspired by Spanish and Latin American traditional music. Both members of the East Lansing-based duo hail from Spain originally; Miguel Cabañas is from Salamanca, and Norberto Aguado is from Seville. The two will perform this weekend in Old Town as part of the Renegade Theatre Festival.

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Music
3:14 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's Heartland Klezmorim

From left: Ben Godoshian, Chris Hamilton, Drew Howard and David Klein.
Credit WKAR

The Great Lakes Folk Festival kicks off next weekend in East Lansing. One of the musical attractions is the traditional Klezmer group Heartland Klezmorim from the Lansing Area. They join us today as part of our Live Music Fridays series.

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tilted Axes to shred Detroit

Credit Courtesy of Patrick Grant

Detroit-area native, composer and musician Patrick Grant has created seasonal musical celebrations in his adopted home of New York City. His event titled "Tilted Axes" rung in the winter equinox of 2012 with dozens of electric guitarists hooking portable amplifiers to their belts and walking the streets of Manhattan to observe winter's arrival.

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Music
12:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Springtails

The Springtails are (left to right) Bob Bryan, Lou Rudner, Julianna Wilson, and Andy Wilson.
Credit WKAR

    

We're back with our Live Music Fridays series and featuring The Springtails. The Lansing-based band has released one album so far called "Because We're in Love" in 2013. The quartet performs a variety of styles, from swing and vaudeville standards to original compositions.

The Springtails play for us live all hour. 

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Entertainment
1:32 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Country music with a kick at Faster Horses

Brian Lorente and the Usual Suspects played at last summer's Faster Horses country music festival at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan.
Credit Courtesy - Kristen Leigh Smith

Michigan’s biggest country music festival of the summer is in Brooklyn this weekend. Michigan International Speedway will host the Faster Horses Festival, which includes three days of music, camping, and fun in southern Michigan.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers

'Count Basie', 1955, was Andy Warhol's first celebrity portrait.
©2014 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York, NY. Reproduced by permission of Sony Music Entertainment

Andy Warhol is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s.

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Arts & Culture
2:44 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra

Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, February 22nd, 1992
Credit Pandelis Karayorgis- Wikimedia Commons

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival takes place in East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. There will be live jazz downtown from a variety of groups and the Broad Art Museum is participating as well with a unique event.

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Music
11:44 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Exploring the alternative musical universe of K-Pop

In recent years the world has seen an explosion in the popularity of K-pop. There are K-pop fans all around the world, even in places like Eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East. K-pop’s carefree dance and hip-hop songs provide this energy that transcends language and even cultures, and you can see this in the recent phenomenon of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” song and music video. It’s not uncommon for K-pop stars to sing in Japanese, English, and Mandarin Chinese, and some K-pop stars are not even Korean, like Nichkhun from 2PM who is a Thai-American, Amber from f(x) who is a Chinese-American, and on and on and on, and there are many Korean-Americans in the industry as well.

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Music
11:18 am
Mon June 9, 2014

LSO preview: new season offers Choral Fantasy, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

Credit Flickr - Alice Carrier

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra and music director Timothy Muffitt recently announced their 2014-15 season. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Lansing State Journal classical music writer Ken Glickman for a preview.

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Music
1:07 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: The Spragues and Pumpstock Music Festival

The Spragues perform live in WKAR's Studio S on Current State.
Credit WKAR/Aaron Young

Saturday, June 7th is the date of the fifth annual Pumpstock Music Festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food.

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Music
1:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko

Josh Rilko and Lindsay Lou performing live in studio on Current State.
Credit Marie Steinbock

This week’s Live Music Friday featured Joshua Rilko and Lindsay Lou of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly’s. They played several new tracks from their most recent EP, "Here Between". Their first record was released in 2010 and they have been touring for two years, playing 200 shows within the last year.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Having a Ball on BackStage Pass

Mardra and Reggie Thomson with the Rodney Whitaker Quartet, recorded live at Lansing JazzFest
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

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Music
12:24 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing 'Mighty Uke Day' preview

Left to right: Steve Szilagyi, Ben Hassenger and Andy Wilson in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Throughout today's show, we've heard the founder of Mighty Uke Day, Ben Hassenger, on ukulele and vocals. He was joined by Andy Wilson on uke and harmonica, and Steve Szilagyi on upright bass. They performed "Jamaica Farewell" for Current State to preview the three-day event.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Funktion on BackStage Pass

Funktion's Trademark (l) and Schrockalicous (r)
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Funk powerhouse from Kalamazoo. Recorded live at Albert White Auditorium in East Lansing. WATCH NOW

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History
4:04 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Pomp and Circumstance: How a British march became an American tradition

file photo
Credit Michigan State University

Commencement season is upon us. MSU is sending new graduates into the world this weekend in East Lansing. The only thing more ubiquitous than caps, gowns, and cameras is a military march written by a British guy in 1901. 

Seriously, why do Americans graduate to a tune that across the Atlantic Ocean essentially has become an unofficial English National Anthem? Current State’s Melissa Benmark explores the song that’s helped “commence” graduates for over a century.  

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Music
3:56 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir

The East Lansing Gospel Choir started two years ago.
Credit Joe Linstroth

Current State's featured musicians this Friday are the East Lansing High School Gospel Choir. Twelve of the group's 25 members joined us in-studio today.

We spoke with director Elie Kirkland about the group's upcoming spring concert, May 31st at the Tabernacle of David in Lansing. 

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Music
12:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

LSO season finale features Brahms

Muffitt says the LSO is proud of their association with the Gilmore competition here in Michigan. It's one of the major piano competitions in the world.
Credit Flickr - texasgurl

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its regular season with an unusual Wednesday night concert tomorrow. It features Brahms’ final symphony, a near-viral modern composition, and a piano concerto played by Andrew Hsu, a Gilmore Young Artist competition winner.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass

Kevin Nichols
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Hard-driving blues from Jackson, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district.

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Music
12:54 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing trio Mighty Medicine

L to R: Larry Neuhardt (guitar, vocals), DeShaun Sparkle Snead (piano, vocals), and John Esser (percussion, vocals).
Credit Stacy Hoxsey

 


Joining Current State today in Studio S is DeShaun Snead, Larry Neuhardt, and John Esser of Mighty Medicine. This trio from Lansing plays a range of music from jazz to rock to blues and soul for all audiences.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Apr. 26 | Resurrection - MSU Faculty Recital Series

Kevin Noe, MSU Director of Orchestras
Credit Courtesy / MSU College of Music

Sat. Apr. 26 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR | Kevin Noe leads the MSU Symphony and faculty soloist Melanie Helton in Mahler's Symphony No. 2

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