Music

performers on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

Happy graduates in cap and gown
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.  

LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir

May 2, 2014
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. 

LSO season finale features Brahms

Apr 29, 2014
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.

Performer on stage
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing trio Mighty Medicine

Apr 25, 2014
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.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe
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

LIVE MUSIC: The DeCamp Sisters from Romeo, Michigan

Apr 18, 2014
WKAR/Joe Linstroth


Today for our live music Friday series, we welcome The DeCamp Sisters to the studio. Hailing from the Romeo, Michigan, Riley and Libby DeCamp bring their earthy and harmonious music to life.

performers on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

ANTHONY CEPAK / WKAR-MSU

South Chicago blues hosted by the voice of BB King's Bluesville. 

Orchestra on theatre stage
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.

Sat. Apr. 12 - 8pm - 90.5 WKAR | Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra live from the Michigan Theatre.

WATCH NOW | A celebration of female music artists, featuring Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott.

Performer on stage
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Contemporary urban jazz led by blazing sax from Lansing native Phil Denny.

WATCH NOW: Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Apr 4, 2014
Performer on stage
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

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