Tiny Desk Performance With Common At The White House Milestone show marks the first time a Tiny Desk concert is produced outside of Bob Boilen's titular work space.
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Tiny Desk Performance With Common At The White House

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Tiny Desk Concert with Common

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Milestone show marks the first time a Tiny Desk concert is produced outside of Bob Boilen's titular work space

Watch Common & Friends' NPR Music debut on NPR.org/tinydesk

October 4, 2016; Washington, D.C. - Joining the buzz of South By South Lawn, NPR Music today published a unique Tiny Desk concert recorded at the White House with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning artist Common. The intimate performance was accompanied by keyboardist Robert Glasper and soul singer Bilal. It brought together Karriem Riggins on drums; Derrick Hodge on bass; Elena Pinderhughes on flute; and Keyon Harrold on trumpet.

NPR Music audiences will be among the first to watch a performance of Common's "Letter to The Free," featured in Ava DuVernay's upcoming documentary, 13th. Recorded yesterday in the White House Library, the Tiny Desk concert also includes exclusive premieres of "The Day The Women Took Over" and "Little Chicago Boy," from Common's upcoming album Black America Again (due for release in November on Artium/Def Jam), as well as a rendition of "I Used To Love H.E.R."

Since 2008, NPR Music's Tiny Desk concert series has presented a stage shared by more than 500 well-known musicians and artists on the rise. Watch Common's and many more artists' Tiny Desk performances at NPR.org/music.

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