*UPDATED* From AVL to NPR: Local “Tiny Desk Concert contest” submissions

You probably already know and love NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, which has hosts everyone from T-Pain to the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens and from Pixies to Asheville’s own Angel Olsen. The videos are always wonderful and the sheer number of them begs the question, if these mini-concerts are actually taking place at Bob Boilen’s desk, how the heck does the guy ever get any work done? (Boilen is the host of NPR program “All Songs Considered’ and the co-creator of the Tiny Desk series.)

Well, even less work is going to be taking place at that hallowed desk, because NPR Music has announced its Tiny Desk Concert contest. It’s judged by Boilen with producer John Congleton, “All Songs” co-host Robin Hilton and Tiny Desk alums Valerie June, Reggie Watts and Thao Nguyen. The winner will be flown to Washington, D.C. to perform, and will also play the Lagunitas CouchTripp’ to Austin showcase.

Today is the final day to enter; entries can be viewed here. But since a number of local bands have thrown their hats into the ring, here’s a mini Asheville music video show for your viewing pleasure. (Know of others? Send us a link and we’ll add them!)


Sweet Claudette, “Don’t Worry, Daddy”:

The Go Devils, “Midnite Radio”

Daniel Shearin, “Dotted Lines”:

Goldie & the Screamers, “Pretty Boy”:

Sirius.B, “Harlequin Slinky”

The Moon and You, “Ghost”:

Jeff Thompson, “So Far, So Strange”:

Paul Edelman, “Hey, Hey Harriet Tubman”:

Holy Ghost Tent Revival, “Trouble with the Truth”:

River Whyless, “Life Crisis”:

Grits & Soul, “Hundred Year Farm”:

Hannah Furgiuele, “Georgia Sun”

Run Boy Run, “Far from my Home” (Note: Run Boy Run is from Tucson, but this video was recorded at a friend’s house in Asheville)

The Get Right Band, “Satisfied Man”

Mother Explosives, “The Rise and Fall of Dewey Ha!”

Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, “Salt Shaker”

Savannah Smith & Justin Eisenman, “Mississippi”

Searra Gisondo, “Catch and Release”

Ten Cent Poetry, “Savannah”

The Sweet Treats, “The Gamble”

Godot Figure, “I had a song and you were in it”

“Nowhere Train” by Matt Jackson

“Lay Me Down” by Rock Eblen


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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8 thoughts on “*UPDATED* From AVL to NPR: Local “Tiny Desk Concert contest” submissions

    • Alli Marshall

      Hi Godot Figure — we’ve got your video added to our list. Thanks for sending it!

    • Alli Marshall

      Hi Gary, the story evolved from Tiny Desk submission videos that showed up in my Facebook feed and an email conversation with Jason Mencer (Now You See Them) who provided links to the videos he was aware of. Thanks for sharing your YouTube playlist!

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