The New Orleans quartet, Tank and the Bangas, are such a fun bunch of people that even on a zoom line from New York, we were all giggling within minutes. We’ll just strip the basics here and let you jump right into the video, as the mood of the interview carries over even more to their rendition of songs from their third studio album, “Red Balloon,” which was released last week. on Verve Forecast, where you’ll meet and hear a stellar performance from singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball, saxist Albert Allenback, drummer Joshua Johnson and keyboardist Norman Spence.
The Grammy-nominated band’s sound is a unique combination of R&B, rock, funk and hip-hop with New Orleans flavors, and the album was born out of the pandemic-mandated hiatus from the touring schedule. normally rigorous of the group. The hiatus gave the band breathing space, and the end result is a group of songs “reflecting the ills of America while celebrating the beauty of black life.” It features contributions from Lalah Hathaway, Big Freedia, Jacob Collier, Trombone Shorty, Jamison Ross, The Hamiltones, Georgia Anne Muldrow and Wayne Brady.
And in fact, next month they’re kicking off a tour with Big Freedia and Trombone Shorty, including dates at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, New York’s Central Park Summerstage, Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater and more. others – the current tour itinerary can be found below.
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June 10—Hampton Beach, NH—Hampton Beach Casino†
June 11—Boston, MA—Leader Bank Pavilion†
June 13—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage†
June 14—Buffalo, NY—Artpark†
June 15—Toronto, CA—Massey Hall†
June 17—Providence, RI—Bold Point Park†
June 18—Vienna, Virginia—Wolftrap†
June 21—Cary, NC—Koka Booth Amphitheater†
June 22—Atlanta, Georgia—Chastain Park†
June 24—Grand Rapids, MI—Meijer Gardens†
June 25—Detroit, M—Aretha Franklin Amphitheater†
June 26—Chicago, IL—Ravinia†
June 28—Denver, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheater†
June 29—Salt Lake City, MO—Red Butte Gardens†
July 1—Missoula, Montana—Kettlehouse Amphitheater†
July 2—Seattle, WA—Chateau Ste. Michelle Vineyard†
July 3—Troutdale, OR—McMenamins Edgefield †
August 10—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl†
Aug. 11—Saratoga, CA—Mountain Winery†
Aug. 12—Saratoga, CA—Mountain Winery†
Aug. 13—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl†
Aug. 14—San Diego, CA—Rady Shell†
*with Big Freedia
†with short paper clip