congratulations!

Out of thousands of entries, one rose to the top.

We're proud to name New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas the winner of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest!

Watch their Tiny Desk concert.

meet the winner

New Orleans’ Tank and the Bangas conveys its freewheeling spirit through a sound that combines pop, hip-hop, funk, spoken word and musical theater. The band’s entry video — set in an art classroom — won over our judges with its undeniable, joyful energy. Lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball has a playful way with words, thanks in part to her roots in New Orleans’ slam poetry scene. The band has played festivals all over the country, and has opened for artists like Big Freedia and Lianne La Havas.

We're excited to welcome Tank and the Bangas to the Tiny Desk at NPR in Washington, D.C., where they will play their own Tiny Desk concert. They also win the opportunity to appear at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and to tour the United States with NPR and Lagunitas.

celebrate with us

We're taking the Tiny Desk Contest to you! Join us on the Tiny Desk Contest On The Road tour fueled by Lagunitas.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (SOLD OUT) • Monday, April 24 
Tank and the Bangas appear on a live taping of NPR’s Ask Me Another with WNYC

NEW YORK, N.Y. •Wednesday, April 26
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with WFUV

PHILADELPHIA, PA. • Tuesday, May 2
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with WXPN

SEATTLE, WASH. • Monday, May 8
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with KEXP

PETALUMA, CALIF. • Tuesday, May 9
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with KQED and KRCB ft. Tank and the Bangas

PORTLAND, ORE. • Wednesday, May 10
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with OPB ft. Tank and the Bangas

AZUSA, CALIF. • Thursday, May 11
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with KVCR ft. Tank and the Bangas

CHICAGO, ILL. • Tuesday, May 16
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with WBEZ ft. Tank and the Bangas

CHARLESTON, S.C. • Monday, May 22
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with South Carolina Public Radio ft. Tank and the Bangas

NASHVILLE, TENN. • Tuesday, May 23
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with WPLN and WMOT

AUSTIN, TEX. • Wednesday, May 24
Tiny Desk Contest On The Road with KUTX ft. Tank and the Bangas

hear more about tank and the bangas

NPR Music's Bob Boilen and Trey Anastasio announced the winner on Morning Edition.  

All Things Considered's Ari Shapiro spoke with Tank later that day.

what the judges said

Watch The Entries

Here's where you can watch videos from the musicians who've entered the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. Find your band's entry, or just have a look around at what everyone's been creating. 

see the latest

All Songs Considered

Tiny Desk Contest: Entries Public Radio Loves

May 10, 2018 • There's only one Tiny Desk Contest winner, but so many other talented artists entered this year. Here are some that caught the attention of NPR Member stations around the country.
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All Songs Considered

Meet Naia Izumi, The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

April 24, 2018 • The fourth annual Tiny Desk Contest winner has been revealed. Get to know the Georgia-hailing guitarist who won over the hearts of our judges this year.
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All Songs Considered

Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner

April 24, 2018 • After receiving nearly 5,000 entries this year, we have a winner! Meet the virtuosic talent who won over this year's panel of judges.
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Read more on All Songs Considered

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