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The Stakes: Tiny Desert Concert

Tiny Desert Concerts is a series in which we bring local bands and musicians into the KJZZ studios to play a couple songs and talk about the music.

This month we hear from The Stakes.

A blend of two hip-hop emcees, a Spanish guitar player, an R&B singer, then throw in some synth and keys and sometimes a horn section — this is who the The Stakes are.

The local music collaboration features a unique collection of musicians and results in a unique sound and message. Formed five years ago, The Stakes take elements of jazz, R&B, hip-hop and sometimes classic rock in their music. And it all culminates in a dynamic live show that is both rehearsed and improvisational.

The Show sat down with one of their emcees, Lord Kash, to talk more about their work. They are a live hip-hop band, and he started by telling her exactly what that means.

You can hear more of The Stakes’ music on their website and on Spotify.

This performance was filmed at KJZZ's youth media center, SPOT 127.

If you’re in a band or know of one you’d like to hear on air, send us a note at  [email protected].

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.