Music Made in Michigan

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
Thu November 6, 2014

LSO Jazz Band takes flight with "Homage" to Charlie Parker, others

Ron Newman
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Ron Newman leads the Lansing Symphony Jazz Band Sunday night at 7 p.m. at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, in classic tunes by Horace Silver, Thad Jones and Sy Oliver, his own composition entitled Homage, and more.

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Music
11:26 am
Fri October 31, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Adrian and Meredith preview tonight's show in Lansing | WKAR

Adrian and Meredith performing live in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Live Music Friday on Current State, and today we welcome Adrian and Meredith to Studio S. Adrian Krygowski is a Nashville-based artist who has performed solo and with a band; these days, he’s playing with Meredith Brown, late of the Bard Owls, a group that has played for us on a Live Music Friday a couple of times.

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Music
11:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Toronto's Jon Brooks previews Pump House concert | WKAR

The Pump House concert series in East Lansing presents Jon Brooks Saturday night. He performs live on today's Current State from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit http://www.jonbrooks.ca/

It’s Live Music Friday today and we have a very special guest, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jon Brooks. His new album, which is a collection of murder ballads, is called “The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside.”

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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Epic MSU Symphony season highlights Mahler, Beethoven

MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe
Credit http://music.msu.edu

Orchestral works of epic proportion dominate this year’s MSU Symphony Series. Mighty Symphonies by Mahler, Beethoven and Prokofiev will be featured on the stage of the Wharton Center as conductor Kevin Noe leads his Michigan State musicians.

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Music
12:01 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Twyla Birdsong, Elden Kelly and Louie Leager | WKAR

L-R: Louie Leager, Twyla Birdsong, and Elden Kelly
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Old Town BluesFest kicks off this weekend with a brand new name. It’s now the Michigan BluesFest. Musicians and fans will be gathering in Lansing’s Old Town neighborhood to listen to some great blues music today and tomorrow. To give us a preview of what’s in store, we’ve got a few of those musicians on Current State today: local Lansing songstress Twyla Birdsong, guitarist Elden Kelly and bassist Louie Leager.

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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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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ten Pound Fiddle's 40th season features Yarrow, Mabus

Peter Yarrow will play a Ten Pound Fiddle concert on March 6, 2015.
Credit www.tamulevich.com

The Ten Pound Fiddle concert series that starts this weekend is the 40th for the East Lansing acoustic music institution. Pretty much everybody who’s anybody in folk music has performed for Ten Pound Fiddle over the years, many of them coming to town numerous times.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Fri September 12, 2014

LSO kicks off season with Tchaikovsky

Violinist Yevgeny Kutik performs with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra tonight.
Credit yevgenykutik.com - Corey Hayes

Tonight’s Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert launches their 85th season. The program includes works by Gandolfi, Bruch and Tchaikovsky.

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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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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 Ann Arbor YSO / flickr

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 / WKAR-MSU

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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Music
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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Music
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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