Music

Andy Irvine photo
Courtesy photo / Ten Pound Fiddle

The 42nd season of Ten Pound Fiddle concerts kicks off this weekend. We talk with Sally Potter about this year's lineup.


Timothy Muffitt photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra kicks off their concert season this weekend. We speak with Maestro Timothy Muffitt about the concert.


Derek Polischuk and Melanie Helton photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

The first of this year’s MSU College of Music faculty recitals happens on Wednesday. We learn why soprano Melanie Helton has called her performance “Lover’s Lullaby: A Evening of Excruciatingly Bad Songs.”


Airmen of Note
Staff Sgt. Mike Fariss / U.S. Air Force

Did you know the U.S. Air Force has a jazz band? They’re called the Airmen of Note, and they’re spending a couple of days in Michigan this weekend. We speak with a Senior Master Sergeant from the band.


Michael Dease photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michael Dease, a world-class trombone player who teaches in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program. His most recent album is “Father Figure.”

A new recording project features Lansing artists working in the realm of spoken word music. Scott Pohl talks with Tyler Jenson, the musician responsible for “Speak Life: The Spoken Word Collection Vol. 1,” and one of the artists, Twyla Birdsong.


Rodney Lontine photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Music

The Flint Institute of Music has a new CEO. We speak with Rodney Lontine about his plans for the venerated institution, as well as the Flint Symphony.


Prince photo
Scott Penner / flickr creative commons

The Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame is coming to Dearborn next weekend to induct some big names in the industry. Its founder hopes to build his shrine in the hometown of Motown. Current State’s Kevin Lavery takes us on a tour through the history of R & B.


Matt Watroba photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Matt Watroba is our Live Music Friday guest this week. He’s a folk singer-guitarist-songwriter out of Detroit who frequently works with another former Live Music Friday guest, the Rev. Robert Jones.

Peter Frampton will forever hold a place in the hearts of his fans. 13-million people bought “Frampton Comes Alive” in the 70’s. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the guitar legend ahead of his return to Michigan this week.


Dr. Christopher Heidenreich photo
Courtesy photo / Washtenaw Community Concert Band

Later this week, the Washtenaw Community Concert Band goes to tinsel town for their next performance. We speak with Dr. Chris Heidenreich about the program, and learn about some of the costume changes he’s had to make in Ann Arbor.

Escher String Quartet photo
Sophie Zhai / Courtesy Escher Quartet

Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with the 1st violinist of the Escher String Quartet ahead of their upcoming Fontana Chamber Arts summer performance in Kalamazoo.


Michelle Held photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michelle Held, a singer-songwriter out of Detroit. She’ll be part of a show next week at the Old Town General Store in  Lansing with local favorite Jen Sygit and others.


Shelby Ann-Marie band photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Fresh off a gig at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, our Live Music Friday guest is country music singer Shelby Ann-Marie. She’s 18 years old and heading to Nashville this fall.

Carolyn Sherrill photo
Mary Brown

We attend the retirement party of Maestro Carolyn Sherill. After 26 years with the Meridian Concert Band, she’ll be retiring next month after a few final Independence Day concerts across Mid-Michigan.


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