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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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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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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
1:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Lowdown Brass Band on BackStage Pass

Lowdown Brass Band
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Second line New Orleans sound meets hip-hop, reggae and funk.

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Music
11:20 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Ann Arbor Symphony closes season with Brahms

90.5 Classical will broadcast Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert live at 8 p.m.
Credit Flickr - Ann Arbor YSO

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra closes its 2013-14 season Saturday night at the Michigan Theatre with an all-Brahms program.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with music director Arie Lipsky about the upcoming season and Saturday's concert.

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Arts & Culture
12:47 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

'Latin is America' celebrates cultural collaboration

The MSU Percussion Ensemble is part of the 'Latin IS America' music festival.
Credit Courtesy of MSU College of Music

The second MSU "Latin IS America" series got underway Wednesday and continues at campus locations and around the Lansing area through next Saturday, April 19. It's a ten day festival that includes lectures, discussions, and concerts.

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TV Made in Michigan
9:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Fri. April 4 at 9pm on WKAR-HD | Break-beat rock and indie-pop.

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Music
11:51 am
Fri April 4, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's Wisaal

From L to R, members of Wisaal are: Mike List, Ty Forquer, Tim Patterson, Ben Fuhrman, Igor Houwat and Will Cicola.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Current State's Live Music Friday series features Wisaal, an East Lansing-based band that combines Eastern and Western musical styles to form a sound that’s all their own. Wisaal is made up of members Ben Fuhrman on mandolin, Igor Houwat on oud, Will Cicola on clarinet, Tim Patterson on bass, and Ty Forquer and Mike List on percussion.

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Music
12:11 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein

In Bernstein's 'Symphonic Dances from West Side Story', the composer sought to remove the pieces from the pit orchestra setting.
Credit Flickr - Greater Lansing Convention & Visitor's Bureau

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. It features music from American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland.

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Music
12:44 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Director of noted English choir leads Grand Rapids ensemble

Andrew Nethsingha of the St. John’s College Choir at Cambridge University is helping the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys prepare for two weekend concerts.
Credit Courtesy/Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys

An unusual choir of men and boys based in Grand Rapids will present a Lenten season program this Friday and Saturday at St. Andrews Cathedral in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Music
11:22 am
Fri March 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong with Paul Ojibway and Brian Lange

Left to right: Paul Ojibway on piano, Twyla Birdsong singing the blues, and Brian Lange on tenor saxophone.
Credit Anthony Cepak

As our live music guest today, Current State welcomes singer Twyla Birdsong. She was joined by Paul Ojibway on piano and Brian Lange on the tenor saxophone. Birdsong is a blues singer based here in Lansing, Michigan who often plays with the collaborative, The Hoopties.

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Music
12:27 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Punk legends unplug for Lansing performance

Glen Matlock, above, the original bassist in the Sex Pistols, will be performing tonight with Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of www.sexpistolsofficial.com

Two legends of punk rock music will be in Lansing for a concert tonight, but rather than screaming electric guitars, the show will be acoustic. The “Punk Goes Acoustic” tour features Sylvain Sylvain, who played guitar in the New York Dolls, and Glen Matlock, who was the original bassist in the Sex Pistols before the infamous Sid Vicious.

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Music
12:28 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

A preview of summer concerts from mid-Michigan to Interlochen

Interlochen's art camp for grades 3-12 performing over the summer.
Credit Courtesy of www.interlochen.org

As we dream of warm days to come, summer music festivals around Michigan are releasing their summer schedules. Among the performances are the Great Lakes Chamber Festival, Interlochen and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

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Music
12:12 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Kalamazoo duo Red Tail Ring

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp comprise the Roots Americana duo Red Tail Ring.
Credit Joe Linstroth / WKAR

Michiganders Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are the duo known as Red Tail Ring.

Last year the "roots/Americana" duo released their third full length studio album, "The Heart's Swift Foot."  They play tonight at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series.

With instruments like the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and even the jawharp, Premo and Beauchamp blend their harmonies into a clean traditional sound.

Red Tail Ring joined us in the studio to talk more about their roots and their writing process.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers

Musician Vilde Frang
Credit Flickr - Olavsfestdagene

  

From the icy depths of mother Russia, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist Vilde Frang will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Folk artist Tom Chapin on career, musical family

Folk musician Tom Chapin
Credit Courtesy of Abigail Chapin

Folk singer Tom Chapin will be in East Lansing for a couple of performances this weekend. Chapin is the featured artist at this week’s Ten Pound Fiddle concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Grove Street in East Lansing. The concert is at 8 p.m. Friday. Chapin will also perform at the city of East Lansing’s Children’s Concert Series on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hannah Community Center on Abbot Road.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Musicians pay tribute to 'Fathers of Black Folk'

Credit Courtesy of www.joshwhitejr.com

Legendary African American folk-singer Josh White’s entrance into the world of music happened at age 7, when he took a job leading blind musicians across the states. Eventually Josh became an accomplished musician himself. He is credited with bringing gospel, blues and black folk music to the masses. In 1941, he was even the first African American musician to give a performance at the White House.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:45 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions

Omer Avital will be at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing on February 12.
Credit Flickr - asafantman

Jazz bassist and composer Omer Avital will be at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater with his band on Feb. 12. Avital’s music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe
Credit www.music.msu.edu

The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday night at Wharton Center. It features the fourth and last symphony of Brahms, and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon January 27, 2014

MSU musicians celebrate Mozart's birthday

MSU assistant professor of musicology Marcie Ray
Credit www.music.msu.edu

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be celebrated tonight at 7:30 at MSU's Fairchild Theatre as the College of Music presents its annual "Happy Birthday Mozart" concert.  Woodwind musicians will perform several of Mozart's chamber works, and faculty vocalists will sing arias from three of Mozart's best known operas: "Don Giovanni", "The Marriage of Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte".

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Fri January 24, 2014

East Lansing musicians explore ambient sounds

Matt Borghi (left) and Mike Teager
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Playing live all hour on Current State today are Matt Borghi on keyboards and Mike Teager on saxophone. The Lansing duo has a new album of their ambient music out called “Convocation.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Project aims to expand Detroit house concerts

Jeff Karoub
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Dearborn's Jeff Karoub provided Current State's live music in Studio S today. He's a reporter for the AP in Detroit, and a singer-songwriter.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

CMU jazzmen juggle performance, teaching

Left to right: Bob Lindahl, Jeff Kressler, and John Nichol.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

Today’s Michigan Jazz Trail featured players are all music professors at Central Michigan University: Bob Lindahl on trombone, John Nichol on tenor sax, and Jeff Kressler on keys.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:11 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

LSO celebrates season with holiday favorites

LSO music director and conductor Timothy Muffitt
Credit Trumpie Photography

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert is Sunday at Wharton Center. Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the music, starting with some pieces that will include local students.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:50 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Lansing Theatre organ pipes up

Lansing Theater Organ president Scott Smith will provide the musical accompaniment this Sunday to Laurel and Hardy's 1929 film, 'Big Business.' The concert will be at the Grand Ledge Opera House.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

At the boom of the silent film era a century ago, theater organs were a mainstay in movie houses across the country.  Lansing had its own such place, the Michigan Theater.  It closed more than three decades ago, but the original 1928 concert organ still exists.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Traveling guitar project picks up Detroit musicians

Greater Alexander performed live in Studio S today. He's one of the musicians in the Acoustic Guitar Project.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

People around the world strum away at guitars on a daily basis, maneuvering their language, voices and notes into spellbindings sounds. The Acoustic Guitar Project is all about trying to create and capture those moments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Detroit's music heritage: Motown, punk rock and ... country?

Eddie Jackson and the Swingsters are seen on the cover of 'Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.'
Credit http://www.press.umich.edu

In the middle of the 20th century, Detroit was home to a thriving country music scene. This little known music history of the Motor City is chronicled in the book “Detroit Country Music: Mountaineers, Cowboys and Rockabillies.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

MSU Opera presents 'The Magic Flute'

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe.
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The Michigan State University Opera Theatre is presenting Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” starting Friday night in the newly renovated Fairchild Theatre.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:32 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The Coffeehouse at All Saints invites musicians, writers, community

Coffeehouse at All Saints founder Steve Findley (left) with singer-guitarist Jim Jersey.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Every third Friday of the month from September to May, singers, guitarists, fiddlers, poets and writers gather at East Lansing’s All Saints Episcopal Church for an evening of words, music and fellowship.

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