Music

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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'.
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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.'
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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.
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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.
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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'

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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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Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

MSU jazz artist Etienne Charles does some 'Creole Soul' searching

Etienne Charles' new album, 'Creole Soul' is a mix of folk, jazz, calypso, reggae, Haitian voodoo music and more.
Credit Courtesy MSU School of Music

 This summer, MSU assistant professor Etienne Charles debuted his fourth album, called "Creole Soul." It’s received favorable reviews from The New York Times and NPR, and spent some time high up on the jazz charts. Charles, who is also one of the MSU Professors of Jazz, will be playing some of his music at the Broad Art Museum on Thursday night.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Michigan fans to remember Elvis Presley with music, impersonation

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Elvis Presley will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing

Coolio performs at The Loft in Lansing on Thursday.
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Coolio got his start in the Los Angeles rap music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and he hit it big when the producers of the movie “Dangerous Minds” chose his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack.

It went to the top of the charts and win the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996. In all, he’s sold 30-million records worldwide. He’ll be in Lansing for a concert at The Loft Thursday night.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:05 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

The Bard Owls talk new album and folk music

The Bard Owl's new album 'No Tracks' will be released this September.
Credit Emanuele Berry

The loss of folk music in the face of popular music is happening worldwide, yet there are still young musicians who find their way into the genre. The East Lansing based band The Bard Owls is composed mostly of college students and recent graduates. They play old time folk music, as well as original songs. We sat down with the group to discuss their upcoming album “No Tracks.”

 

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Young rock musicians get their shot on stage

Since staring their first camp at MSU in 2009, the Rock Camp has since spread to Grand Rapids, Holland and Detroit.
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Traditionally, garages are the starting spot for budding rock stars, but for the last five years, the Michigan State University Community Music School has offered an alternative.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Arts Council of Greater Lansing boosts local entertainment options

As a week-long event including nationally-known acts, Lansing’s Common Ground festival occupies a key place on the Lansing area festival calendar.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

BOP (harvey) at Common Ground Tuesday

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BOP (harvey) is one of the Lansing area’s most popular bands ever. After a decade and a half apart, they’re playing together again and will appear at the Common Ground Music Festival on Tuesday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Local band Lord Huron returns to Lansing

Ben Schneider’s band Lord Huron is playing at The Loft in Lansing tonight.
Credit Courtesy of Lord Huron

Ben Schneider, Mark Bary and Tom Renauda from Okemos, along with Miguel Briseno of Eaton Rapids and Californian Karl Kerfoot have been making waves with their band Lord Huron.  Now based in Los Angeles, Lord Huron is touring to support their album "Lonesome Dreams."

Current State's Scott Pohl spoke with Ben Schneider about his music, and growing up in a media savvy household with his parents, well-known Lansing PR executive Sharon Emery and longtime Lansing State Journal columnist John Schneider.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:43 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Musician Kathryn Votapek discusses parents' influence on her life

Kathryn Votapek is a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance.
Credit Courtesy of the University of Michigan

It should come as no surprise that Kathryn Votapek is a musician, as both of her parents are pianists.  Her father, Ralph Votapek, was the first winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

But Kathryn and her musician brothers chose other instruments, and her career path led her to the music faculty at the University of Michigan, where she is a lecturer in violin.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:26 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Local musicians highlight Pumpstock American Roots Music Festival

Musician Elden Kelly of Richmond, Vermont plays his guitar and sings live in the Current State studio at WKAR.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

This weekend is the fourth annual Pumpstock music festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food. Festival coordinator Dudley Smith, more commonly known as “Smitty,” and performer Elden Kelly joins Current State host Mark Bashore.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:29 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Pianist Sergei Kvitko recounts recent Carnegie performance

For 15 years, Lansing-based Sergei Kvitko has been playing the organ at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church. He also fills the roles of critically acclaimed pianist, composer, audio engineer and producer.

He's wrapped up a tour that ended with a Carnegie Hall appearance on May 23.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Current State #74 | April 25, 2013

Today on Current State: Macomb county first in country with fraud database; new book on Detroit Lions;  Kathryn Gray on Michigan's transportation overhaul; and Earl Nelson Singers come to Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Lansing's Earl Nelson Singers Celebrate 50 Years

The Earl Nelson Singers are performing in Lansing this Monday.
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A notable Lansing-area choir is observing its 50th anniversary this year. The Earl Nelson Singers are celebrating half a century of spirituals with a concert in downtown Lansing on Monday. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark checked in with the director of the group and her husband, who’s a member, for some of their musical memories.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:21 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

MSU Wind Symphony performs as part of Latin IS America festival

The MSU Wind Symphony will perform at the Wharton Center at 7:30 p.m., on April 25.
Credit Courtesy of MSU College of Music

Latin IS America is a a celebration of the intersections between Latin American and U.S. culture. The festival started on April 15 and will close on April 27.

This Thursday, the event will feature the MSU Wind Symphony at Wharton Center. WKAR’s Peter Whorf previews the concert with MSU Director of Bands Kevin Sedatole.   

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