Tiny Desk Contest

CONGRATULATIONS to The Klaberheads for winning our local Favorite 2020 Tiny Desk Contest Video vote for their tune, "Polka Reggae Party." Well done!!

Back and bigger than ever! 91.7 WVXU and Radio Artifact present 2 nights of amazing  music performed by local bands and musicians who have entered NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest.

Happening Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at Northside's Urban Artifact, home to AAA station Radio Artifact (heard on 1660 AM. radioartifact.com, and WVXU-HD 2), this new format for the Showcase will allow the invited bands to play longer for their fans and new listeners alike.

AND NOW...the line-up has been announced! Join us for one or both nights of great local music!

Tiny Desk Contest 2019

Mar 12, 2019

After months of searching, the fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been announced!

Naia Izumi is a 34-year-old musician from Columbus, Ga. who now lives in Los Angeles and busks on that city's streets. With a plethora of self-released music on Bandcamp and a skilled, soulful Tiny Desk Contest submission, he impressed our Contest judges enough to stand out from nearly 5,000 entries.

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Nearly 5,000 entries from all 50 states and we had to pick just one! The competition rose to a new level this year, and the decision was harder than ever.

Ten years ago today — on April 22, 2008 — NPR Music published our first Tiny Desk concert. Laura Gibson was the inspiration, and the event that sparked the idea of concerts at my desk came from NPR Music's Stephen Thompson. He and I were at the SXSW Music Festival, at one of those lousy shows where the audience chatter was louder than the performer.

Take a look at the videos local artists have submitted for NPR Music's 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and tell us who your favorite is. We will announce the local winner on Thursday, May 3.

 

2018 Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 23, 2018

  • Are you a person who makes music?
  • Ever wanted to perform behind NPR's Tiny Desk?
  • Here’s your chance to show us what you’ve got.

Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest and you can play a Tiny Desk concert at NPR in Washington, D.C.; Tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.; and appear at a taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another.

Presenting the 2017 Tiny Desk Showcase

Mar 16, 2017

Don't Miss WVXU's Night Of Live, Local Music - Saturday, July  29!

NPR's Tiny Desk Contest

Feb 22, 2017

NPR Music has again opened the invitation to musicians and artists all across the country to submit their entires for their Tiny Desk Contest, and again, the Greater Cincinnati area has been very well-represented.

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NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series has hosted artists such as Adele, Jackson Browne and T. Pain. Last year NPR Music began the Tiny Desk Contest, which generated more than 7,000 entries for the chance to record an intimate video performance live at the desk of All Songs Considered Creator and Host Bob Boilen.