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Little Rock Public Radio Launches Arkansas Tiny Desk Contest 2023

The Arkansas Tiny Desk Competition will take place Oct. 13.

The vibrant and diverse music scene of Arkansas is set to take center stage at the Arkansas Tiny Desk Contest 2023, an event that promises to captivate music enthusiasts, celebrate local artists, and provide a platform for creative expression Oct. 13.

This statewide showcase, presented by Little Rock Public Radio, in collaboration with NPR affiliate stations across Arkansas including KUAF Fayetteville and KASU Jonesboro, is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Hall in downtown Little Rock.

The Arkansas Tiny Desk Contest 2023 draws inspiration from the renowned NPR Tiny Desk Contest and is a celebration of homegrown musical talents. This event will feature live performances by the state’s three selected favorites, carefully chosen by a panel of judges from more than 40 entrants.

Representing various genres and regions, the lineup includes Common Roots, a folk band from Fayetteville; Ethel Tamara featuring Concrete Rose, an R&B sensation from Helena-West Helena; and Lead Pipe Conservatory Band, a folk-pop group from Harrison.

The event aims to unite communities across the state through the universal language of music. By bringing together artists from urban and rural settings, the Arkansas Tiny Desk Contest 2023 showcases the rich tapestry of musical artistry that makes Arkansas unique. The power of music to bridge cultural divides and foster connections will be on full display, enriching the lives of both performers and attendees.

In addition to providing a platform for artists, the Arkansas Tiny Desk Contest will promote community engagement and collaboration. Local nonprofits like the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Arkansas Foodbank will join the stage during musical breaks to share information about their community goals.

Tickets for the Arkansas Tiny Desk Contest 2023 can be purchased via this website.