Music

Alex Mendenall photo
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Alex Mendenall is back to appear on Current State’s Live Music Friday. The singer-guitarist has a new CD called “Into the Hinterland” coming out at a release party in Lansing in November.

Dr. Martin Neary photo
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He sang at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, was watched by billions when he music directed Princess Diana’s funeral, and this weekend, he leads the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys . Jamie Paisley talks with Dr. Martin Neary.

Taylor Taylor photo
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We welcome Taylor Taylor back for Live Music Friday. Now studying at Lansing Community College, Taylor has become a fixture on the local music scene. We catch up with her and hear songs from “Right Here,” her latest EP.

This week, the Motown Museum in Detroit announced a $50-million dollar expansion project. We talk with the museum’s Chairwoman and CEO, Robin Terry, about their exciting plans.

The Springtails photo
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“Rain or Shine” is the name of the new album from The Springtails . The husband-and-wife duo of Andy and Julianna Wilson are our Live Music Friday guests this week.

Maestro Jorge Parodi photo
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We take a tango with Maestro Jorge Parodi and the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Maria de Buenos Aires."

Jack White and Dominic Davis photo
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Dominic Davis spent years in the Lansing-area performing with roots band Steppin’ In It. Now in Nashville, Davis talks about his appearance this Saturday with Jack White on the relaunch of Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion .

Don Henry and Craig Carothers photo
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Our Live Music Friday guests this week are top Nashville artists Don Henry and Craig Carothers . They’re in town for an acoustic lunch performance at the Broad Art Museum and a Pump House concert.

Rachel Brandwein photo
Courtesy photo / Rachel Brandwein

We speak with a harpist who has synesthesia. When Dr. Rachel Brandwein hears music, she sees colors as well.

Capitol Steps photo
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They’ve been a staple on PBS for years, and this weekend the politically-skewering satire group The Capitol Steps will be at The Whiting Theater in Flint. Hear from the man who co-authored this year’s comedy revue.

MSU Symphony conductor Kevin Noe previews this Friday’s lineup of 20th century masterworks at the Wharton Center.

Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
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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
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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
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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.

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