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Band members from Tank and The Bangas pose with red balls.

Tank and The Bangas don’t go anywhere quietly. They are a beacon of life. And it’s that life that you hear in their music. That’s what makes this five-piece band one of the most thrilling, unpredictable and sonically diverse bands on the planet; a unit where jazz meets hip-hop, soul meets rock and funk is the beating heart of everything they do.

A family of musical lifers, none of them ever thought twice about quitting through years and years of grinding it out on local live circuits. That time gave them the best foundation for their onstage chemistry and dexterity. Since they won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, they’ve gotten signed by major label Verve Forecast, released two albums (“Green Balloon” in 2019 and “Red Balloon” in 2022), were nominated in 2020 for the Best New Artist Grammy Award, and taken their multifaceted sound around the world. Tank and the Bangas are in the vein of bands that believe there are only two types of music: good music, or bad music. “If it’s good, it’s good!” says Tank. Despite their newfound global focus, they remain a New Orleans band at heart. New Orleans is a lawless place for creatives—there are no rules.



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