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BACK 1000 H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
10 / 60
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BackStage Pass Backstage Pass features live studio performances with behind the scenes footage and exclusive interviews. In each episode artists reveal their inspiration behind their music. For its tenth season the WKAR original series showcases nationally renowned acts including the electronic pop sound of Tishmal, the progressive soul pop of Paddlebots, alt rock band Mike Mains & The Branches, and more.

#1001 Mike Mains & The Branches
Known for their indie-pop melodies, husband and wife Mike and Shannon Mains headline Mike Mains & The Branches. Their music reflects their love and experiences together as a couple. Their newest album, “When We Were in Love,” released in Spring of 2019 features songs like “Endless Summer,” “Breathing Underwater,” and “Around the Corner.”

#1002 Paddlebots
Paddlebots represents the collective vision and music stylings of Kortez Buckner and Haruki Hakoyama. Born out of a series of YouTube covers, the band’s intricate and unique arranging style and high-energy performance quickly gained viral popularity. Their progressive soul pop sound is highlighted in songs “Someone Else,” “Out of the Blue,” and “Til’ Next Time.”

#1003 Tishmal
Tishmal is a solo project of Rachel Brockbank, a San Diego native currently living in New York City. Tishmal means hummingbird in Luiseño, the language of her Native American heritage.
The name was given to her as a young girl, around the same time she began to seriously compose. Highlights from her performance include songs like “Underneath” and “You’re Afraid.”

#1004 Brother Elsey
Founded in Detroit, Michigan, brothers Jack, Brady, and Beau Stablein created Brother Elsey with music that captures the spirit of southern rock and Americana folk music. Throughout their career, they’ve supported acts like Lord Huron, Green River Ordinance, and The Paper Kites. Their performance features the songs “Drive,” “Shake Me Down,” “Oh My Brother,” and more.

#1005 Joshua Powell
Midwesterner Joshua Powell creates a style of psychedelic indie rock that blends with American folk music. His music has been featured on Spotify’s official “Indie Acoustic” and Starbucks’ official national playlist. His performance includes the songs “Black Lodge (water),” “Bliss is a Flack Jacket,” and more.

#1006 Eliza Neals
Known for her electrifying live performances, blues powerhouse Eliza Neals has received many accolades, including the Detroit Black Music Award for “Blues Artist of the Year” and five Detroit Music Awards. WIth her sultry vocals and soulful piano performances, she continuously tops the blues charts. Her performance includes the songs “Another Lifetime,” “Black Crow Moan,” and “Can’t Find My Way Home.”

#1007 Willy Tea Taylor & The Harmed Brothers
Based out of Portland, Oregon, the Harmed Brothers perform indiegrass music with Northern California folk artist Willy Tea Taylor. Songs from the performance include “Adopt a Highway,” “A Lovely Conversation,” and “California.”

#1008 The Way Down Wanderers
Illinois-based group The Way Down Wanderers features a unique blend of bluegrass, Americana, pop and indie-rock, crafted with fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and drums. Performance include hits like “Principles of Salt,” “All My Words,” and “Moonglow Carolina.”

#1009 Outer Vibe
One of West Michigan’s most sought-after acts, Outer Vibe features catchy pop and alternative rock music. Playing more than 100 shows a year, Outer Vibe has performed with groups like REO Speedwagon, The Tubes, and We The Kings. A band that lives by the mantra of “live life and play music fearlessly,” their performance features the hits “Hoka Hey,” “Million Dollar Smile,” and “Turn Me Up.”

#1010 Tunde Olaniran
As one of the most beloved artists of the Detroit music scene, Tunde Olaniran is not only a singer and songwriter, but a producer, rapper, choreographer, author, and activist. His latest album “Transgressor” received acclaim from the New York Times and Rolling Stone, and was named by Yo-Yo Ma as one of the three most inspiring Artists of 2019. Featuring the songs “I’m Here,” “Miracle,” and more.

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1/2/2020 - 1/1/2025
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