photo credit: Jeremy Tauriac
Today, acclaimed band Tank and The Bangas unveil a remix of their previously released track “Black Folk” with additional verses from Kota the Friend, Rapsody, Orleans Big, Dee-1 and Alex Isley. Listen to/share the track HERE.
Of the remix, Tank states that the song is, “FOR THE CULTURE.”
Additionally, the band will be playing several festivals this fall as well as four nights at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club in November. See below for a complete tour routing.
Most recently, the band’s third studio album, Red Balloon, received a nomination for “Best Progressive R&B Album” at the 2023 Grammy Awards. This milestone follows the band’s “Best New Artist” nomination in 2020.
The album is available on the artist store including an exclusive ‘Black Folk’ t-shirt HERE.
Red Balloon was released last May on Verve Records to widespread critical praise. Predominantly produced by Tank and the Bangas, the 16-track album includes contributions from Big Freedia, Alex Isley, Masego, Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, Questlove, Trombone Shorty, Jamison Ross, The Ton3s, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Wayne Brady. The latest work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on the ills of America, while also celebrating the beauty of Black life.
New Orleans-based Tank and the Bangas rose to prominence in 2017 following their unanimous NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest victory. In 2019, the band released their major label debut, Green Balloon, on Verve Forecast to widespread critical praise.
Throughout their career, the group has performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Austin City Limits” and “The Today Show.” Tank and The Bangas have toured non-stop, selling out venues both stateside and abroad including festival appearances at Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and the Newport Jazz Festival.
Tank and The Bangas are Tarriona “Tank” Ball (lead vocals), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Norman Spence (keys).
Critical acclaim for Red Balloon:

“The range of Tank and a band is just simply wonderful. They deserve
all the accolades and more for this release.”

“[A] bangin’ third studio album.”

“Soul is more than a one-track monolith, as heard with Tank and The Bangas’ Red Balloon. The jazzy, funk-influenced, soothing elements of this LP leave one ready to reflect and bask in the various takeaways revealed throughout.”

“Support their movement, support their music.”

“…showcases the group’s lush sonic chemistry and Tank’s knack for poignant lyricism.”

“Like the New Orleans-based group themselves, Red Balloon brazenly blossoms into a rambunctious, free-flowing celebration that dives soul first into a heady nu-funk groove….
At one with otherness and living-in-the-moment-centric, the quirky quintet enters its most artistically unified era with gusto.”

“The album has an instantly recognizable freedom to it, a collaborative pulse and lighthearted strokes of genius that help alleviate even the darkest corners of the songs.”
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August 27—Detroit, MI—The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre
September 9—Philadelphia, PA—One Fine Day
September 16—Jacksonville Beach, FL—Florida Fin Fest
September 28—Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi Annex
September 30—Chicago, IL—Auditorium Theatre
October 13—Arlington, TX—Levitt Pavilion
November 5—Miami, FL—Soulshine at Sea
November 10—Saratoga Springs, NY—Skidmore College
November 16—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz Club
November 17—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz Club
November 18—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz Club
November 19—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz Club
March 29—Den Haag, NL—W/Metropole Orkest
March 30—Amsterdam, NL—W/Metropole Orkest
March 31—Utrecht, NL—W/Metropole Orkest
April 4—Tilburg, NL—Poppodium
April 5—Heerlen, NL—W/Metropole Orkest



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