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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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TV Made in Michigan
10:05 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Having a Ball on BackStage Pass

Mardra and Reggie Thomson with the Rodney Whitaker Quartet, recorded live at Lansing JazzFest
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Fri. May 16 - 9pm - WKAR HD | Highlights from season 5 of the television series featuring music made in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

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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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TV Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Funktion on BackStage Pass

Funktion's Trademark (l) and Schrockalicous (r)
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

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History
4:04 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Pomp and Circumstance: How a British march became an American tradition

file photo
Credit 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.  

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Music
3:56 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: ELHS Gospel Choir

The East Lansing Gospel Choir started two years ago.
Credit 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. 

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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
12:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Kevin Nichols and Blue Tuesday on BackStage Pass

Kevin Nichols
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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Music
12:54 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing trio Mighty Medicine

L to R: Larry Neuhardt (guitar, vocals), DeShaun Sparkle Snead (piano, vocals), and John Esser (percussion, vocals).
Credit 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.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Apr. 26 | Resurrection - MSU Faculty Recital Series

Kevin Noe, MSU Director of Orchestras
Credit 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

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Music
1:32 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: The DeCamp Sisters from Romeo, Michigan

L to R: Riley and Libby DeCamp
Credit 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.

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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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TV Made in Michigan
8:39 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Big LLou and the Bluesville Revue on BackStage Pass

Big Llou with Nellie "Tiger" Smith appearing on Backstage Pass from WKAR.
Credit Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

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

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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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Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Brahms Festival Live Concert Special - Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Michigan Theatre

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

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Hot Views
12:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House

Ariana Grande performs

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

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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

WATCH NOW: Phil Denny on BackStage Pass

Phil Denny
Credit w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

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

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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
11:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Heartbreaking opera classic comes to MSU

La Boheme opens tonight at 8 p.m. in the Fairchild Theatre at MSU.
Credit Flickr - Andrea Puggioni


MSU Opera Theater perform’s Giacomo Puccini’s "La Boheme" this weekend at Fairchild Theatre. Current State’s Peter Whorf spoke with director Melanie Helton and music director Daniel Beckwith, and the three are also joined by cast members for WKAR studio performances.

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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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TV Made in Michigan
12:00 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Simien the Whale on BackStage Pass

Zach Guy of Simien the Whale
Credit Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

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

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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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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 / 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
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.
Credit Flickr - red.sideburns

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

Audio Pending...

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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