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. 

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Thank you, Nashville!

Last night, we returned to the Basement East for our Nashville Tiny Desk Contest event. We had a great time last year, and this year was every bit as great. We co-hosted the event with WPLN and WMOT and featured four local acts who entered the Contest, each of whom put on a stellar show. Stay up to date with them via their Facebook pages:

Liz Cooper & The Stampede
Ike and the Crooked Souls
Peyton Parker

Tonight, we have our last night of the tour in Austin. It’s been a wild and lovely few days, filled with new people and great new music. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Image Credits: Bob Boilen/NPR

Thank you, Charleston!

On Monday night, we brought the Tiny Desk Contest tour to the Lagunitas Charleston TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Charleston, S.C. The show, co-hosted with SCPR, featured three local artists, and a fiery performance from Tank and the Bangas. Follow up with the bands below:

Human Resources
Chaquis Maliq
Tank and the Bangas

We’re on the southern leg of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest tour, and it’s been a joy to meet you all. We hope to see some of you in Austin tonight!

Image Credits: Bob Boilen/NPR

Tank And The Bangas’ Tiny Desk Concert Has Over A Million Views On YouTube

Congratulations to Tank and the Bangas! You can watch their Tiny Desk Concert above, and check out a live set of theirs from our Tiny Desk Contest tour right here.

Next week is our last week on the road. There are still free tickets available for our Nashville show — Tank and the Bangas won’t be performing there, but four incredible local acts who entered the Contest will be. Check the line-up out & reserve your ticket here.

Thank You, Chicago!

On Tuesday night, at the heart of the Lagunitas Brewery in Chicago, Ill., four amazing artists took the Tiny Desk Contest stage. Co-hosted with our friends at WBEZ, we featured three local artists who entered the Contest along with a set from Tank and the Bangas to close out the night (you can watch the livestream of the band’s set here). 

If you want to follow the artists we featured, check out their Facebook pages below:

Nashon Holloway
Will Phalen
Low Swans

We’ll be back on the road on Monday for a show in Charleston, S.C.! We hope to see you then.

Image Credits: Bob Boilen/NPR

Thank You, Petaluma!

We had an amazing time at the Lagunitas TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma, Calif. on Tuesday of this past week. If you couldn’t be there with us in person, you can experience some of the evening via our Facebook livestream of three-time Tiny Desk Contest entrant Diana Gameros’ set. Check out all the awesome featured artists below:

Royal Jelly Jive
Diana Gameros
Black Sheep Brass Band
Tank and the Bangas

We’re back on the road this coming Tuesday in Chicago — and we’ll have a livestream from Tank and the Bangas that night, just in case (and in the statistically likely event) that you can’t be there with us. Either way, we hope to see you soon.

Image Credit: Bob Boilen/NPR

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