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Idaho musicians, bands invited to enter NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

Fantastic Negrito performed a Tiny Desk concert in 2014 before being nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the upcoming 59th annual Grammy Awards.
Fantastic Negrito performed a Tiny Desk concert in 2014 before being nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the upcoming 59th annual Grammy Awards. YouTube/NPR

Since it launched in 2014, National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Contest has become a cool way for unsigned bands to earn a shot at wider exposure, not to mention be filmed in an intimate, professional setting.

“The 2014 winner, Oakland blues musician Fantastic Negrito, played his Tiny Desk concert and then went (on) to nab a Grammy nomination,” says Boise State Public Radio general manager Tom Michael. “Last year’s winner, folk musician Gaelynn Lea from Duluth, Minnesota, performed a Tiny Desk concert at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.”

In 2016, 23 Idaho acts entered the Tiny Desk Contest. Michael hopes to eclipse that number in 2017.

“So once again we’re asking unknown bands and musicians all over the Idaho to film themselves and make their submission online,” Michael says. “You’ll see our posters around town.”

The deadline is Jan. 29. Go for it, Idaho. What do you have to lose?

“We will be inviting select Idaho musicians who participate in the contest on-air in February or March,” Michael adds.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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