Music

Sunny Wilkinson and Ron Newman photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Singer Sunny Wilkinson is our Live Music Friday guest. Ron Newman, her husband, is also with us on piano in WKAR's Studio S.

Marlowe photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lovers of the ukulele will gather again in Lansing this weekend for Mighty Uke Day. It’s really three days of music in Lansing’s Old Town. We talk with organizer Ben Hassenger and rising ukulele star Marlowe.


Sistrum photo
Courtesy photo / Sistrum

This weekend, the Sistrum choir of Lansing will be celebrating their 30th year. Current State's Jamie Paisley attends a rehearsal with this all-female chorus, and speak with their Artistic Director, Dr. Meredith Bowen.


Enrique Diemecke bust at FSO
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Next year marks the landmark 100th season of the Flint Symphony Orchestra’s existence. Current State speaks with Maestro Enrique Diemecke about the highlights of the 2016-17 season.


David G. Smith photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

David G. Smith is our Live Music Friday guest ahead of a couple of Friday gigs in East Lansing. The Iowa-based singer-guitarist has a new album is called “First Love.”

Daniel Hsu photo
Courtesy photo / Lansing Symphony Orchestra

We speak with Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt about Wednesday's concert, along with Gilmore Young Artist Award winner Daniel Hsu ahead of his appearance with the LSO.


Josh Michaels and Doug Mains photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guests are Doug Mains and Josh Michels of Doug Mains and the City Folk. The group is coming off a lengthy hiatus with a Lansing concert and a new album, “These Broken Members,” in May.

Romeo and Juliet opera photo
Courtesy photo / Opera Grand Rapids

From Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers to Gounod’s star-crossed opera singers, we meet the Romeo and Juliet of the upcoming production of that classic love story by Opera Grand Rapids.


Beatles exhibit entrance
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Everybody loves The Beatles. This weekend, The Henry Ford opens an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia called "The Magical History Tour."


Kevin Noe photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

MSU College of Music conductor Kevin Noe leads his MSU Symphony and choruses in three masterpieces this weekend.


Dr. Matthew Aubin photo
Courtesy photo / Dr. Matthew Aubin

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has appointed a new Music Director. We get to know Dr. Matthew Aubin and learn about his connection to the Golden Globe-winning TV series “Mozart in the Jungle.”


Touré has written about music in a notable career that landed him on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee. He’ll be in Grand Rapids on Thursday. Ahead of that appearance, we open a two-part conversation with Touré on the Hall and his most recent book about Prince.


Lisa Kron and Jamie Paisley photo
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Meet Lansing native Lisa Kron. She is the co-creator of last year’s Tony-winning powerhouse musical, "Fun Home," which is coming to the Wharton Center in 2017.


Chris Zehnder photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Chris Zehnder. The singer-songwriter has a new EP called “Goin’ Through the Motions.” He’s worked extensively with Donny Brown, a former member of The Verve Pipe who has been a previous Live Music Friday guest.

Peter Harper and Will Rideout photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Peter Harper of Harper and Midwest Kind. The band will perform at The Robin Theatre in Lansing Saturday night to release a new CD, “Show Your Love.”


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