Music

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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.

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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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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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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.


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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.


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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.

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


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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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It’s a Live Music Friday here on Current State, and Nathan Bell performs for us in WKAR's Studio S. He’s part of tomorrow’s Pumpstock music festival lineup in East Lansing. Today, he’s doing an acoustic lunch performance at the Broad Art Museum, starting at 12:30 p.m.

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Michaela Anne is a young Americana artist who’s a self-described “military kid” with family ties to the Lansing area. You can hear her and her band The Wild Hearts at 8 p.m. tonight at the House of Eden Rock in Lansing.

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June in Michigan brings the sounds of ballgames, splashing waves, and summer music festivals. WKAR’s Jody Knol and Peter Whorf have a Current State preview of summer concerts around the Great Lakes State.

http://marcusbelgrave.net/

Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave died just over a week ago. Early in his career he backed many Motown musicians, and was in Ray Charles’ band. He later worked with many jazz greats including Max Roach and Charles Mingus. He also was a mentor to many of today’s best jazz musicians, including bassist Rodney Whitaker, who is the director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University.

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