Music

Alex Mendenall photo
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.


picture of Barbara Bailey Hutchinson
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. 

picture of tuba
garryknight / Flickr

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. 

Picture of Joseph Lulloff
MSU College of Music

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

westrin mowry photo
Courtesy Facebook

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.


Phil Denny photo
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.

Angela Winbush photo
Courtesy Idlewild Music Festival

The Idlewild Music Festival pays homage to the town's unique heritage as an entertainment paradise for Michigan's African American performers.


Meghan Trainor photo
Flickr - Disney ABC Television Group

The Common Ground Music Festival returns to Lansing this week with headliners like Meghan Trainor, The Band Perry and Snoop Dog. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a preview with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal.


Taylor Taylor photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Taylor Taylor, a recent graduate of Okemos High School who has a series of performances scheduled in the Lansing area this summer.

courtesy Blue Griffin Recording

A new CD by clarinetist Guy Yehuda and pianist Ralph Votapek includes sonatas by Brahms and Reger.


performer in radio studio
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Joshua Davis will perform in concert tonight at MSU's Wharton Center. He stopped by WKAR's Studio S as Current State's guest on a Live Music Friday.


MSU maestro remembers late composer Gunther Schuller

Jun 25, 2015
Kevin Noe
MSU College of Music

Music legend Gunther Schuller died this week. MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe studied under Schuller and offers this remembrance.


Baldori at the piano
Scott Pohl / WKAR

There will be lots of great live music in the Lansing area this weekend. In Old Town Lansing, Festival of the Sun and Festival of the Moon are Friday and Saturday, with artists like The Outer Vibe and Sierra Denae. If jazz is more your style, the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing includes Rodney Whitaker, Thornetta Davis and many others on Friday and Saturday. To whet your appetite, Summer Solstice is kicking things off tonight with the boogie-woogie piano duo Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza at 7 p.m. in the MSU Music Building’s Cook Recital Hall.

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