It’s the perfect talent show contest for a COVID-19 pandemic: Hundreds of U.S. bands have submitted videos in NPR’s annual competition, with a big Michigan contingent on board. Watch their videos at Local Spins.
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When the folks at National Public Radio launched their annual “Tiny Desk Contest” that attracts hundreds of video entries from bands and solo artists across the country, they had no way of knowing the world would be in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic that’s essentially shut down live music almost everywhere.
As a result, they’ve extended the deadline for entries to April 27, giving more artists — including many Michigan musicians — a chance to participate in what’s become an uber-popular exercise for NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered.” The winner will play a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR and have the opportunity to join a national tour.
Led by “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen, this year’s panel of judges includes NPR Music associate producer Bobby Carter, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee host Tarik Moody, WXPN ‘World Cafe’ host Raina Douris, 2019 Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson, singer-songwriter Brittany Howard and Latin pop singer Gina Chavez.
So far, more than 30 Michigan artists have submitted videos in the competition, which you can scroll down to watch below.
The entries range from Ann Arbor musician Peter “Madcat” Ruth unleashing a dizzying array of instruments in a single video — harmonicas, jaw harp, duck call, crow call, squirrel call, party favors and assorted noisemakers — to Grand Rapids singer Patty PerShayla and her band, The Mayhaps, delivering an inspiring tune that helped bring her “out of a bad place” and could do the same for others during this COVID-19 crisis.
If you’re a Michigan solo artist or band who has submitted a video to the contest and you don’t see it here, email email@example.com with “TINY DESK” in the message field. Include a link to your YouTube video and provide the home city of your band or solo project along with a link to your website or Facebook page.
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JRob, “Black Super Hero”
Patty PerShayla & The Mayhaps, “Real Problems”
Chris Clayton Loop, “Father’s Day”
Lybrandt, “Till the End”
Hairless Beards, “Friends”
Nathan Knuckles, “Burning Bridges”
Chuck Whiting Jr., “Robots”
Slimknot, “When I Fell in Love With You”
The Real Ingredients, “Equinox”
Sean Miller, “Take Me Away”
Paul Meredith, “Behind the Mask (Wuhan, Jiayou)”
Billy Joe Hunt, “Old Car”
Fault Choir, “City Escape”
Rosalita and The Hips, “Polar Bear”
Peter “Madcat” Ruth, “Madcat’s Extravaganza”
Dani Darling, “Stranger”
Rustbelt Angels, “Walk a Rainbow”
Bruce Bielawa, “This World”
The Band Mint, “You Don’t Stop and You Don’t Quit”
John Lucksom, “Reminiscence”
Banjolectric, “How We Get Through”
Sold Only as Curio, “6 Feet to Go”
Darneshia Rene, “Nasty”
Caveman & Bam Bam, “Early Man”
Joe Kidd & Sheila Burke, “Last Time I Looked”
Brian Wood, “Whatcha Gonna Do”
Demetri Politis, “Fake Smiles for Everyone”
Bave, “Grief Mountain”
Lauren Nowosatka, “11.27”
In the Green, “Michigan”
Stone Petoskey, “No Tomorrow”
Forest Ground, “Campe Dad”
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