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Tank and The Bangas confirm extensive North American dates + Co-headline tour with Big Freedia


Photo credit: Gus Bennett Jr. 
“Tank and the Bangas string together grooves from funk,
hip-hop, rock and gospel; serious storytelling, self-empowerment exhortations and dance instructions share the band’s exuberant stream of consciousness.”
“Best live band in America.”
“10 Artists You Need to Know – The Next Wave”
“A secular church experience, with freewheeling improvisational chops
and positive vibes.”
Breakout New Orleans-based five-piece Tank and The Bangas confirms an extensive run of North American tour dates this fall. The run of shows—co-headlined by Big Freedia and supported by Naughty Professor—include stops in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Portland and more. Tickets are on-sale now at See below for complete tour dates.
Of their live performances, Los Angeles Times proclaims, “Lead singer Ball is as nimble a lyricist as she is a vocalist, with a malleable voice that’s powerful in its command. One moment, she’s unpacking sinewy couplets and rhymes with fury and the next, she’s wailing like she’s at a church revival,” while San Francisco Chronicle adds, “The group will move you with Ball’s bigger-than-life stage presence and voice (she can belt out a tune, then switch it up to command an ‘Amen!’ with her poignant spokenword), backed by the band’s soulful sound.”
Most recently, the group debuted their single “Smoke.Netflix.Chill” to widespread critical praise—NPR Music says, “It’s a rhythm-and-blues-infused gem that packs the humor and emotional punch that only Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball and her masterful band can conjure.” Listen/share it here:
Tank and the Bangas unanimously won NPR’s Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a riotous single they released in 2017, which Bob Boilen proclaimed, “This band combines R&B with hip-hop’s poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans.” There’s more new music to come as the group works on the follow-up to their debut album, Think Tank.
The band’s ongoing evolution involves more than just music— lead vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer. Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Norman Spence (synth keys, bass) says, laughing at the memory. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she says—while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer.
Tank and The Bangas are Ball, Spence, Merell Burkett (keyboards), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute).
August 22—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 24—Detroit, MI—Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
August 25—Québec City, Canada—Wanderlust: Québec City
August 26—Cleveland, OH—InCuya Music Festival
September 8—St. Louis, MO—LouFest
September 24—Cologne, Germany—Gloria Theater
September 25—Frankfurt, Germany—Zoom Frankfurt
September 26—Berlin-Altglienicke, Germany—Festaal Kreuzberg
September 27—Munich, Germany—Ampere
October 3—Camden, London, UK—Electric Ballroom
October 4—Paris, France—La Maroquinerie
October 8—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso
October 9—Rotterdam, Netherlands—Annabel
October 18—Washington, DC—9:30 Club
October 19—Washington, DC—9:30 Club
October 20—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts*
October 21—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel*
October 23—Boston, MA—Royale*
October 25—Toronto, Canada—Danforth Music Hall*
October 26—Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall*
October 28—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue*
October 30—Maquoketa, IA—Codfish Hollow Barnstormers*
October 31—Kansas City, MO—The Truman*
November 2—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre*
November 3—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot*
November 5—Vancouver, Canada—Commodore Ballroom*
November 6—Seattle, WA—Neptune*
November 7—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater*
November 9—Berkeley, CA—The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall*
November 10—Los Angeles, CA—Regent Theater DTLA
*w/ Big Freedia and Naughty Professor

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