Music

TV Made in Michigan
6:16 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Maurice Davis Quartet on BackStage Pass

Maurice Davis
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Fri. March 28, 9 pm on WKAR-TV | Party blues from Flint, Michigan. Recorded live at BluesFest 2013 in Lansing's Oldtown district. AVAILABLE ONLINE SOON.

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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
1:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cello takes center stage at MSU music series

The Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival at MSU runs through Sunday.
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MSU’s College of Music Cello Plus series has grown into one of Michigan’s largest chamber festivals. Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Cello Plus founder Suren Bagratuni and visiting composer Vache Sharafyan about this Wednesday’s concert at Fairchild Theatre.

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Music
1:10 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Brush Street with Michael Brush and Julie Mulady

Julie Mulady sings as Michael Brush accompanies her on the Steinway piano in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Libby Lussenhop

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Today's live music on Current State comes from Brush Street, a jazz duo featuring Julie Mulady. Brush Street, started by band leader Michael Brush, is a popular Michigan blues and jazz group from the Saginaw area.

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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
1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Detroit's jazz legacy from ballrooms to Motown and beyond

McKinney's Cotton Pickers

In the 1920’s, ballrooms popped up across the United States, including in Detroit. The music that filled Detroit’s dance halls was Jazz.

Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Jim Gallert,  a veteran jazz broadcaster, researcher and writer. Together with Lars Bjorn, he wrote “Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920– 1960.”

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Music
11:09 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Cello Fury forges rock and classical

From left to right, David Throckmorton, Nicole Myers, Simon Cummings, and Ben Muñoz make up Cello Fury.
Credit courtesy of Jeff Swensen

Cello Fury, a Pittsburgh rock band featuring three classically trained cellists and a drummer, combine their sounds to form a unique, progressive style.

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Music
10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Documentary celebrates legacy of Lansing's Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments was founded by Stan Werbin.
Credit Flickr/brianhef

If you strum, pick or fiddle, chances are you've come across Lansing's Elderly Instruments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:27 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Carnegie Hall welcomes MSU Wind Symphony

The MSU Wind Symphony will take the stage this Saturday night at Carnegie Hall.
Credit Flickr - Bosc d'Anjou

This Saturday night, the MSU Wind Symphony’s much-anticipated Carnegie Hall concert brings music of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer John Corigliano to the stage.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

WATCH NOW: Mardra and Reggie Thomas on BackStage Pass

Mardra Thomas
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Billie Holiday-inspired jazz vocals from Mardra Thomas, with the soulful, hard-swinging piano of Reggie Thomas and the Rodney Whitaker Quartet. | WATCH NOW

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Lansing guitarist plays eclectic mix of instruments, genres

Drew Howard plays guitar, steel pedal guitar, dobro and other instruments.
Credit Courtesy of Drew Howard

Drew Howard is a veteran fixture of Lansing's and Michigan's music scene, as both a studio musician and performer.  He discusses his long musical career and  plays guitar and dobro throughout the show as part of our Friday Music Series on Current State. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:03 am
Mon January 13, 2014

MSU marching band director celebrates 25 years with roses

Spartan Marching Band director John Madden.
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

Before this month’s Rose Bowl victory, Michigan State University last appeared in Pasadena in 1988, one year before John Madden’s arrival at MSU.

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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
1:50 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Musicians aim to blaze a Michigan Jazz Trail

The Michigan Jazz Trail is bringing Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to Saginaw on Sunday.
Credit Flickr - PuroJazz

On a recent trip to New York City, jazz vocalist Molly McFadden took some fellow Michigan musicians along to perform. The enthusiastic response has led to an effort to promote what McFadden feels is a rich Michigan jazz scene.

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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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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

‘Micronotes’, ancient instruments featured in Turkish classical music

Ahmed Erdem (left) playing the Turkish Tanbur, and Murat Tokaç (right) playing the Ney.
Credit Emanuele Berry


A group of musicians from Turkey will be at Kellogg Center tonight. The name of the concert is “Heritage of 1000 Years.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Maestro Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan

Neeme Jarvi of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra led the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for 15 years.
Credit Simon van Boxtel

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conductor Emeritus Neeme Jarvi returns to Michigan to conduct the Estonian National Orchestra Friday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MSU, U of M make Best Fight Song list

The MSU fight song was ranked #16 on Yahoo's list of top fight songs in college football.
Credit Flickr - James Ristau

Michigan State University football fans look forward to hearing Spartan touchdown cheers resound on the banks of the Red Cedar tomorrow, as University of Michigan faithful  hope to repeat last year’s victorious performance.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Brooklyn art pop duo Mahogany has Lansing roots

Mahogany (Andrew Prinz and Jaclyn Slimm) performed live on 'Current State'.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR

The Brooklyn-based duo Mahogany is in town to play for the Broad Art Museum’s First Anniversary celebration tonight.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Baldori takes his 'Boogie' to Vladivostok

'Boogie' Bob Baldori (left), with Bob Seeley.
Credit www.boogiestomp.com

A boisterous documentary about boogie woogie music featuring Michigan musicians continues to pick up accolades.  “Boogie Stomp!”, featuring Okemos pianist Bob Baldori and partner Bob Seely, has won awards at preview screenings around the country.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Harper brings Aussie blues to East Lansing

Harper brings his harmonica and didgeridoo to a Pump House concert in East Lansing on Sunday.
Credit http://www.harper.biz/

Musician Harper’s music is often described as “World Blues.”  Harper’s mix of roots music and soul are all part of his unique sound.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Crooner Johnny Mathis looks back on five-decade career

Johnny Mathis (front, right) with the people who helped him record his upcoming album 'Sending You A Little Christmas'.
Credit www.johnnymathis.com

Singing legend Johnny Mathis comes to MSU's Wharton Center tonight. His career began at age 19 and has spanned decades’ worth of popular favorites.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Book chronicles troubled life of Motown queen Mary Wells

Mary Wells was the first Motown star with a number one hit, the first from the label to be nominated for a Grammy and even considered The Beatles 'Sweetheart.'
Credit Wikimedia commons

In the early 1960’s, Mary Wells was the "Queen of Motown." But her life was not always so glamorous. She grew up in Detroit,  in the Black Bottom and Cass Corridor neighborhoods, yet she was determined to find a way into the music industry.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Musician Jon Brooks tests boundaries of 'folk' genre

Jon Brooks will perform in East Lansing Saturday at 7 p.m.
Credit Courtesy jonbrooks.ca

Canadian musician Jon Brooks will perform as part of the Pump House concert series in East Lansing on Saturday September 28th.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Current State #167 | September 26, 2013

Today on Current State: Cristo Rey Community Center's new Executive Director; Public Poetry Announcement; MSU Symphony opens new season; Voices of Experience series with 'Eternal General' Frank Kelley; and Banned Books Week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

MSU Community Music School celebrates 20 years of music education

The Michigan State University Community Music School celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
Credit WKAR File Photo

The MSU Community Music School is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month.  We're joined by the school's executive director and associate dean for outreach and engagement, Rhonda Buckley. Also joining the conversation is of the school's bassoonist, Andrea Worful.

And live music throughout the show was provided by CMS performers Andrea Worful (bassoon), Cassandra Hibbard (clarinet), Maggie Gambill (flute), and Tess Miller (flute), Marissa Olin (flute). 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Percussion concerto starts LSO season off with a 'strike'

Credit Wikimedia Commons

    

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s first MasterWorks concert is Friday night at Wharton Center. It features music of Dvorak and Enescu and a modern percussion concerto by Jennifer Higdon.

 

WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt about the concert.

 

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