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Tiny Desk Winner Gaelynn Lea Returns To Quad Cities

Gaelynn Lea, 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Winner
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Gaelynn Lea, 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Winner

Gaelynn Lea, winner of NPR's second annual Tiny Desk Contest, returns the Quad Cities to perform at Daytrotter in downtown Davenport this weekend.

Lea talks with Mindy Heusel, host of Perspective on WVIK, about how her life has changed since winning Tiny Desk, how she crafted her unique sound, and how she's using her platform to advocate for better access to stages and venues for musicians with disabilities.

Watch Gaelynn Lea's 2016 Tiny Desk Contest submission video, and listen to her full interview with Mindy Heusel above.

Daytrotter is located at 324 Brady St. in downtown Davenport. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Mindy started at WVIK on the evening shift, one night a week, while still a student at Augustana College. Not long after, the station began overnight service and she took on the graveyard shift for a full six nights. In 1985, she moved to days and began her long tenure as host of Perspective, WVIK's afternoon classical music program. Under her direction, the program has developed into a show focused on exploring new music from living composers, not just from orchestra halls but including Broadway and film music.