Did you hear? All Songs Considered rang in a pretty sweet 16.
It’s not easy to sell out the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, especially when you’ve rented it for your birthday party. But that’s just what NPR Music‘s beloved program, All Songs Considered, did last month to celebrate its 16th anniversary.
With support from Blue Headphones, co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, who Washington City Paper describe as “big boosters for [DC’s] local music scene,” emceed the evening.
The longtime collaborators took guests through the show’s history with behind-the-scenes stories, live performances from artists special to All Songs Considered, and a grand finale with a lot of dancing.
Featured musical guests from the All Songs Considered Sweet 16 celebration included Irish folk artist Glen Hansard of the Frames; folk singer Laura Gibson; multi-instrumentalist Kishi Bashi; singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten; 10-piece Houston soul band The Suffers; and electro pop artist Dan Deacon.
More than 1,200 fans, artists and friends from the music industry came out for the All Songs Considered Sweet 16 Celebration in January. NPR Music’s 3.2 million monthly users can now stream every performance from the night, including Hansard’s cover of the David Bowie tune “Ashes to Ashes.”
Since launching the show in 2000, Boilen and Hilton have been helping fans discover “music you’ll fall in love with.” The duo talk new releases from emerging bands and musical icons in their weekly podcast month. Over the years, they’ve expanded to also offer live concert webcasts and host events around the country.
As “one of the premiere destinations for music fans,” NPR Music produces high-quality live performances and music coverage that brings together fans and artists around a shared love of music. Through a suite of sponsorship opportunities, brands can seamlessly align with this recognized music tastemaker on every platform – award-winning video, chart-topping programs, standout reporting and live event experiences.
— Blue Microphones (@BlueMicrophones) February 19, 2016
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