Dec. 16 2009 12:00 AM

I don’t wanna buy tonight



Tired of having your televised doses of Christmas cheer punctuated with images of luxury cars sporting giant bows, tacky jewelry exchanges and wiz-bang radio controlled monster dolls that pee and poop?

Then pick up that remote and flip to some locally produced Yuletide TV with a focus on mid-Michigan’s musical gifts.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, WKAR- TV’s “Backstage Pass” will premier “A BackStage Pass Christmas,” featuring a diverse and dynamic lineup of Michigan musicians performing for a studio audience. From the heavy grooving fusion of Lansing jazz combo organissimo’s “Funky Drummer Boy,” to Rachel Davis’ inspiring a capella “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to Big Willy’s dirty blues infused “Backdoor Santa,” the half-hour special offers a wide range of sounds. Standouts on the program include the Joel Mabus-led String Doctors’ “Let’s Do Christmas Right” and Jen Sygit duet-ing with Root Doctor’s Freddie Cunningham’s on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” backed by Sygit’s band, Spare Change.

Program listings for repeat showings are available at

If you missed this year’s Silver Bells in the City holiday celebration the first time around, or you just want to live it over again and again, tune into Lansing City TV (Lansing cable channel 12) or LCC TV (Lansing cable channel 15, East Lansing and Okemos cable channel 31) for replays of the live broadcast now through the first week of January.

Limited-edition DVDs of the parade, complete with bonus features, are available to purchase at Michigania, 112 S. Washington Square.