Hailing from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas are surrounded by plenty of great musical traditions; and the five-piece group have a rare knack for combining various musical styles – fiery soul, deft hip-hop,deep-groove R&B, and subtle jazz – into one dazzling, cohesive sound that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel of its own.
What started as a loose collaboration at an open-mic night in 2011, has grown into a powerful musical force that’s only picking up speed. Singer and poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball, fronts the band with the vivid charisma that helped Tank and the Bangas win NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Concert Contest by unanimous acclaim, however, the band’s ongoing evolution involves more than just music. Ball continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer, “I don’t just think about myself when I write now,” she says, “Just being with my bandmates taught me to think more about other people and when you have an audience of people ready to listen to you, you’re excited to connect with them, you really are”. The Huffington Post says Tank and the Bangas defy description onstage, adding, “It’s music that you have to experience.” We can’t wait to experience it in July.