Night Owl

An intimate, unvarnished late-night performance series from NPR in the unexpected corners of American cities.

Malian singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara was a dancer and actor before she joined Oumou Sangaré's band. Watch her perform "Fenfo" from the Albertine Books in French and English at the Cultural Services French Embassy in the US.

Shakey Graves' charisma is matched by his warm blending of blues and country. Watch him perform a previously unreleased track in our latest episode.
Watch Rapsody rap "Power" as she struts through the stacks at Turntable Lab late at night in New York City.
Watch drummer, composer, producer and educator Nate Smith perform "Skip Step" at Star Trax in New York in tonight's NPR Music Night Owl, coproduced with WBGO Jazz 88.3 & Jazz Night In America.
During Slingshot artist Haley Heynderickx's soundcheck at Kings County Distillery, our Night Owl became so moved that he flew away. He left only a golden feather in his stead. She sang the wayward...
Jorge Drexler trained as an ear, nose and throat doctor and became the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award. Watch him perform "Silencio" from the Othmer Library at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Spanish singer Buika is nominated for the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album. Get familiar before this Sunday's ceremony and watch her performance from (le) poisson rouge during the NYC Winter...
Colter Wall's songwriting is full of hard-won wisdom. Watch him perform a track from his self-titled, Dave Cobb-produced debut record at the 11th Street Bar in New York for our Night Owl series.
Banda Magda performed their original French song "Tam Tam" in the upstairs bar at Nublu during NYC Winter Jazzfest for this Night Owl co-produced with our friends The Checkout from WBGO at WBGO Jazz...
Watch Daniel Bachman perform Lemuel Turner's "Beautiful Eyes Of Virginia" - an unreleased song from the 1920s - at Brooklyn's Pioneer Works in a Night Owl performance.