Tank and The Bangas
Originating in New Orleans, Tank and The Bangas have all the qualities that relates them, to the city that birth them but a flair that separates them as well. Their performances range from being “One of the most energetic shows you’ll ever see” to “A gospel tent in Mississippi”. Rummaging through their sound like a thrift store hippie, you’ll find the Bangas to provoke a musical reference of Rhythmic Soul and Spoken word among other genres such as Rock, Gospel, Funk, and Folk. Combining the various musical techniques among the Bangas, coupled with the instilling play on lyrics from the lead vocalist; Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans. The group has graced the cover of one of New Orleans most recognized magazines, “OffBeat” and recently won band of the year at the New Orleans Big Easy Awards. The group has opened for acts such as LiAnne LaHavas, PJ Morton, Galactic, Big Freedia, The Revivalist, and The Soul Rebels. Most recently the band was titled as the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners.
Videos & Press
[OffBeat] Over 6,000 acts entered NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest, but when the 10 judges convened for a vote they landed on a unanimous winner: New Orleans’ own Tank and the Bangas. Led by the infectiously positive Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the genre-defying group blends clever spoken wordplay with laidback grooves and beautiful melodies to create […]
[NPR] By Bob Boilen Out of over 6,000 entries — more submissions than we’ve ever received — Tank And The Bangas won, unanimously, this year’s Tiny Desk Contest. I fully expected their victory performance here at NPR headquarters in D.C. to be celebratory. I didn’t know we’d all end up in tears. This band combines […]
[nola.com] By Chelsea Brasted Norah Jones jumped right down the rabbit hole with Tank and the Bangas in New Orleans on Sunday night (March 5), appearing as a surprise special guest of the band’s return to the the Music Box Village. The performance, which utilized every square inch of the venue’s fantastically designed musical homes, […]
[nola.com] By Doug MacCash One of New Orleans’ bands to watch, Tank and the Bangas just don’t quite fit in a predictable slot. Even the Bangas themselves can’t immediately describe what they do — and that’s exactly why they’re so interesting. As the band took a break from rehearsal Tuesday (Nov. 15), I posed the […]
[OffBeat Magazine] By Frank Etheridge Tank and the Bangas call their rehearsal space and its cozy lower Ninth Ward confines “Bangaville.” The band meets twice a week, from 10 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, to rehearse in their low-ceilinged space—which members also jokingly refer to as the Bangas’ “museum.” Its compact walls […]