Music

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is local guitarist and singer Drew Howard. He’s played with everyone from Steppin’ In It to Bo Diddley.


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Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra kicks off their concert season this weekend with a concert titled “Joy and Sorrow.” We speak with Maestro Stephen Osmond as well as the Jackson-native cellist that he’s bringing back to town.


Rev. Robert Jones and Deacon Earl
Courtesy photo / Ten Pound Fiddle

Friday Night, the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series is having a blues-focused fundraiser to aid several black churches recently damaged by arson. We speak with the musicians who'll perform at the concert about how blues and american roots intermingle.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan BluesFest is back in Old Town Lansing Friday and Saturday. Our Live Music Friday guest is long-time Lansing keyboard player Mike Skory, who has played with a number of local bands including Root Doctor. He also hosts “Skoryoke” on Thursday nights at The Exchange. He worked on booking acts for the festival and will play Friday with Matchette and Frog.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Gershwin music is the focus of the first Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert of the season Friday. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with conductor Timothy Muffitt and pianist Ralph Votapek about the program.


The band Lord Huron, led by Okemos native Ben Schneider, has had a big year. They’ve released their second album, “Strange Trails,” and they have five songs on the movie soundtrack for “A Walk in the Woods.” Current State talks with Ben Schneider about what lies ahead, including a show in Grand Rapids tonight.


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One of the biggest stars to emerge from the Woodstock Music Festival was Melanie. The singer-songwriter appears at the Green Wood Coffee House in Ann Arbor Friday. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Melanie about Woodstock, her recording career and working these days with her son, Beau.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Alex Mendenall. He’s worked with the Lansing band Coolidge and as part of the Rachel and Alex duo with Rachel Curtis. Now, he’s striking out on his own.


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Courtesy of Barbara Bailey Hutchinson

The Michigan concert scene for September is led by shows with Van Halen, AC/DC and the opening of this year’s Ten Pound Fiddle schedule. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal. 

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Current State checks in with Meridian Winds in Okemos, who have been selling and repairing instruments to musicians across Michigan for over 30 years, and find out how brass instruments can be improved with magnets. 

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MSU College of Music

Current State talks to Professor Joseph Lulloff, the saxophonist who kicks off MSU’s Faculty-Artist Recital series this week.

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Our Live Music Friday guests today are Brian Westrin and Peter Mowry. The Lansing-based singing-songwriting duo placed two songs from their album “The Past Rushes In” in the semifinals of the 2014 International Songwriting Competition.

In June, they opened a New York City program for the National Music Publishers Association honoring Billy Joel.

Fawn Larson photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Current State's Live Music Friday guest this week is Fawn Larson, a Americana-alt country-indie rock singer out Lafayette Louisiana now working of Nashville.

C.J. Vanston photo with Mark Bashore
Scott Pohl / WKAR

C.J. Vanston's music career has taken him from Williamston to Chicago and Los Angeles, where he has worked with stars like Barbra Streisand and Joe Cocker. Current State host Mark Bashore talks with Vanston about his time at the keyboards in the studio and on tour.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing jazz saxophonist Phil Denny is releasing his new CD “Upswing” Saturday night with a concert at The Loft. He's Current State's Live Music Friday guest this week to play for us and talk about the new album.

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