"BackStage Pass"

Posted on: June 29, 2012

BackStage PassThis weekend marks the one year anniversary of WKAR joining the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. And boy, have we accomplished an amazing amount in one year!

This week, we had more than 500 people join our first HD (high definition) recorded season of WKAR’s “BackStage Pass” on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

This was not only the first HD recording of “BackStage Pass” but also the first recording outside of our studios, out in the community. The shows were free to all audience members and all were welcome as the new venue was able to accommodate a much larger crowd.

The lighting, sound and staging was quite impressive—making for a great show. Many CAS students helped work the set and produce the show, working the lighting, sound and staging. It was wonderful experience for our students to get to work on such an intricate production.

All four shows featured music made in Michigan. The show opened Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with the Grand Rapids band, “Home Again.” The second act was “Domestic Problems,” also from Grand Rapids. The bands provided a great performance and got the crowd on their feet, and the enthusiasm of the crowd always makes for a great TV show.

Wednesday night featured bands that also rocked the house, and maybe even the whole building. They were loud—and they were cool. The Detroit native Howling Diablos performed at 7 p.m. and Silent Lapse, “BackStage Pass’” first metal band, ended the concert series Wednesday night.

It's a new day for WKAR.  We are busting out of our traditional MSU boundaries to integrate into the mid-Michigan community.  A big thank you to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center for hosting the event and to everyone who came out, and to the bands for putting on such great shows. And congratulations to WKAR and CAS on our one year anniversary!

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