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Published: April 8, 2019 Author: Staff reports

The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, in partnership with the Ohio University Performing Arts & Concert Series, the School of Media Arts & Studies, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, WOUB Public Media, and Arts for OHIO, will welcome NPR Music’s Bob Boilen to the main campus of Ohio University in Athens on Friday, April 12.

Boilen, host of NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and the creator and host of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts,” will take part in a live on-campus interview event in the morning with special guests Tank and the Bangas who are previous winners of the Tiny Desk Contest which helped give them national recognition.

“Bob Boilen is one of the premier curators for music through his work at NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,” said Josh Antonuccio, a lecturer in the School of Media Arts & Studies. “As the creator and host of “Tiny Desk Concerts” he has created a vehicle for a range of artists to share their music in a context that has captivated fans around the world. We are really thrilled to have Bob and Tank & the Bangas at Ohio University for the interview and showcase at Stuart’s Opera House. It’s going to be a special day of events.”

Antonuccio will interview Boilen at Glidden Music Hall on Friday, April 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event will be livestreamed at mediaschool.ohio.edu. The two will be joined by New Orleans-based group Tank and the Bangas, who gained national attention as winners of the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. The band is set to release their first major-label record entitled “Green Balloon,” on May 3. The interview event is part of the Scripps Visiting Artist Series and is free and open to the public.

Following the interview, Boilen will be with students from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism to discuss his experience as a music journalist. That discussion will take place in Lasher Learning Center, Schoonover 130, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

That evening, Boilen will present Tank and the Bangas at the historic Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio, at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $27 in advance. Student tickets can be obtained in advance by e-mailing mediaschool@ohio.edu. Tickets are $32 at the door. Box seats are available, $32 in advance or $37 at the door.