NPR has held hundreds of Tiny Desk Concerts. The news station get artists from all around the world to come to their office in Washington D.C. to perform some of their songs in a coffee-shop-like setting, only it’s in front of a desk of one of the workers in the office. Some of the better ones over the years have come from T-Pain and Anderson .Paak.
For the first time, though, NPR has taken the concert outside of its offices, and they made a pretty big leap.
Common performed a Tiny Desk Concert in the White House.
He was joined by Bilal, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins and other musicians as he performed “I Used To Love H.E.R.,” “Letter to the Free” (from an Ava Duvernay-directed movie called 13th out on Netflix), “The Day the Women Took Over” and “Little Chicago Boy,” the latter two which are new songs.
That’s quite the lineup for quite the setting.
Watch the 20-minute performance below.