tiny desk contest


Y’all ready for this? The 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest is now open for submissions! And this year, WOSU wants to see more Ohio bands enter than ever before.

Clockwise from upper left: Sarah Hudson, Honey & Blue, WYD, Native Glory, All Powerful Sungoddess, and October Ember.

Too much of a good thing is still a good thing. Though we were only able to choose one band as WOSU's local favorite from the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest, plenty of other bands could have easily taken the title. So we're going to give out some more accolades.

Zoo Trippin' performs in the WOSU studios for Broad & High. The band was named WOSU's local favorite from the 2019 Tiny Desk Contest.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Zoo Trippin's Tiny Desk submission featured the five band members wearing sunglasses in a cement underpass, performing a stripped down version of their 2016 song "Great White Buffalo."

The acoustic, ukulele-strumming tune cemented their crowning as WOSU's local favorite from the 2019 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest, beating out 50 other bands from around Central Ohio. But it's far different than the bass-thumping, amped-up version they brought to the Broad & High studios.

Zoo Trippin' is WOSU's local favorite from the 2019 NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest.
Zoo Trippin'

This year brought the toughest competition yet for the Tiny Desk Contest – and for WOSU to choose our local favorite. That's both a consequence of both quality and quantity: 50 Columbus-area bands submitted original music to NPR Music's competition.

This year, I was blown away by the Tiny Desk Contest entries I saw. We received over 6,000 entries from all across the country. We saw tiny desks up on rooftops and down on a subway platform; tucked into treetops, pickup trucks and laundromats. We heard songs about the situations that make life difficult and the people that make life worth living.

Each year, the Tiny Desk Contest receives entries from all 50 states, thanks in part to encouragement from NPR Member stations across the country. This year's entries showcased impressive talent in local scenes and introduced us to a myriad of great new-to-us musicians. While the Tiny Desk Contest judges wrap up evaluating Contest entries, we want to share some of the entries our Member stations love.


We asked, and Central Ohio responded: Almost 50 bands submitted songs to NPR's 2019 Tiny Desk Contest!


It’s that time of year again: The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! And WOSU wants to see as many Ohio bands entering as we possibly can.


In the end, it was not much a contest at all. Out of more than two dozen Central Ohio bands who entered NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest, our listeners picked singer-songwriter Lisa Gain as their far-and-away favorite.


They wrote the songs. They found the desk. They submitted the videos. Now, it's waiting time to find out who will win the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music. 

We are proud to present the local acts that have participated in this year's Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music.

These videos and their music continue to represent a wide variety of styles and genres and showcase the diversity and talent of our region. Please take a look at the videos below (listed alphabetically by artist) and, if you like what you see and hear, vote for them as your favorite. The local winner will be announced May 3.


It's time to crank up the amps, warm up the drum machines, dust off the sax (or whatever your instrument of choice is) and enter the Tiny Desk

The 2017 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! Starting today, I'll be watching your videos in search of the next great undiscovered artist to play at the Tiny Desk. And I won't be doing it alone. Our team of judges includes these fantastic musicians: