Dxtr did an NPR Tiny Desk Concert
In June of 2016 Dxtr Spits, Nexus J., and The Devonn’s were selected to do an NPR Tiny Desk concert to represent one of 3 bands for the whole city of Chicago.
See NPR’s Write up Below
“On Tuesday, June 26, we said farewell to the Tiny Desk Contest tour in Chicago, and let’s just say we went out with a bang.
After some inclement weather challenges, we arrived at the Lagunitas brewery in Chicago. That night, the crowd was treated to three awesome local openers. First up was MICHA, whose bilingual set spanned laid-back southern soul and Latin pop flare. Growing Concerns Poetry Collective, who mixes storytelling, slam poetry and hip-hop was next; the group told us it normally performs in libraries, so being in Lagunitas' trippy brewery was different for them, but still so enchanting. Following that, the explosive rapper Dxtr Spits and his band The Devonns launched themselves on stage decked out in neon body paint. The hair-whipping rap-meets-rock verses of co-MCs Dxtr and Nexus J sent the crowd into a frenzy.
That energy carried over to Naia's headlining set. Bob had encouraged Naia to find a drummer for the last date of the tour; he'd been touring with a drum machine and his bassist, Maddie Lough. So Naia got in touch with local Chicago drummer Jessica Burdeaux, and having her in the mix made the set all the more groovy. It was a night full of inspiration, and though we couldn't control the weather, these bands certainly brightened my day.
It was tough to say goodbye to the tour, but we were glad to go out on such a high note. Over on the All Songs Considered blog, we’ve posted a recap of the full tour. And while the tour may be over, we’ve still got a few more tricks up our sleeve. Stay tuned…
From the desk,
Bob, Pilar, Marissa “