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.

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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. 

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From our “10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love” article:

Haley Heynderickx, “The Bug Collector”

At the beginning of her entry video, you can hear Haley Heynderickx call out “Take one? Kind of?” before launching into “The Bug Collector.” The folk singer from Portland, Ore., has a smoky, sweet voice and a knack for intricate guitar lines. Though her entry video evinces solitude — she performs alone in a dimly-lit room with high ceilings — her lyrics evoke intimacy and compassion. Just after she finishes the song, you hear a voice — presumably her videographer — say “I think that was it,” and Heynderickx’s joy is audible. Even she seems surprised at the beauty in her performance (and, perhaps, at how quickly it came together); it certainly impressed us. — Marissa

From our “10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love” article:

Liz Cooper & The Stampede, “Mountain Man”

“Mountain Man” is a catchy, simple love song written with the clarity of a good cut of Nashville country. Liz Cooper guides the song with her percussive, fingerpicked guitar and her crackling voice. The song calls to mind the out-of-this-world serenity of a mountain cabin so effectively that it’s easy to forget this Tiny Desk Contest entry was filmed in an East Nashville bathroom (check out the rubber ducky on the drums). Cooper and her band manage a seamless balance of muted rhythmic sounds and propulsive drive that feels so good, even Cooper herself lets out a small, satisfied laugh at 3:26. It sounds like a car whirring past a field of trees, the light shining through. — Ben

From our “10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love” article:

Be Steadwell, “Netflix”

Washington, D.C., pop musician Be Steadwell is an expressive, engaging performer. In her entry video, she constructs her song “Netflix” with just one instrument: her voice. She builds the song loop by loop; then, over it all, she sings about a truly relatable problem in 2017: the weird impact the internet has on our love lives. Our judges fell in love with her funny storytelling, unique style and chill energy. 


From our “10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love” article:

Fernandito Ferrer, “Al Nivel Del Mar”

In a Long Beach, N.Y., room, Fernandito Ferrer conjures an ocean at night. It takes about two minutes for the singer to begin his song. He begins by building a soundscape of late-evening ocean noises using a shaker, his whistling, a spring and a looped pad. “Al Nivel Del Mar” (“At Sea Level”) is an achingly beautiful song that sounds like loss and hope all at once. Ferrer has a captivating voice (which he’s paired here with a perfect slapback reverb), and he accompanies himself with tastefully minimal guitar work and the occasional sample of a broadcast voice. It’s a performance that’s both atmospheric and urgent — vast beyond the walls of that room, deep as an ocean. 


From our “10 More Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Love” article:

The Crane Wives, “High Horse”

Two-time entrant The Crane Wives charmed us again this year with its harmony-laced folk-rock. The Michigan four-piece entered the Tiny Desk Contest in 2016, but decided on a slightly bigger desk — and a bigger, electric sound — for this year’s entry. The band performed its song “High Horse” in one of the coziest living rooms of this year’s Contest. The entry shows off the band’s polished sound and dynamic energy, but more importantly, it proves just how much fun the band is having with its music. 


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