Tank and the Bangas stole our hearts over the last ten months. After winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in February of 2017, the poetry-twirling, NOLA-based soul sensations have made headlines nationwide, spreading the gospel of their refreshing, energetic performances. Mixing R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, and Spoken Word, Tank and the Bangas are as original as they come. Out of 6,000 entrants, they were the chosen one (unanimously, we might add)—and with great reason. It’s no wonder Trey Anastasio called them “a psychedelic joy rap explosion. Like a female Sly Stone teleporting into 2017 and landing in New Orleans.” He continued, “I love this video. It makes me want to be there. I saw so many amazing musicians while judging this year’s Tiny Desk Contest . . . Thousands of entries from all 50 states. One winner . . . ”
Still riding the high from winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, the poetry-twirling, NOLA-based soul sensations known as Tank and the Bangas have made headlines nationwide, spreading the gospel of their refreshing, energetic performances. Out of 6,000 entrants, they were the chosen one (unanimously, we might add)—and with great reason.
For NPR’s 10th anniversary party at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., Tank and the Bangas headlined the event as the 8th act to grace the stage. The group wasted no time in getting the crowd hyped with their original “Crazy”, which led into their own “Quick”–the song they recorded for the winning NPR application. From there, Tank led the band through an exciting cover of “Come Down” by Anderson .Paak. While remaining close to their roots, and creating their own version out of the cover, Tank and the Bangas’ rendition of the song brought the audience to a new level of appreciation. Tank then took the opportunity to invite the NPR staff to the stage to share a toast of gratitude, celebrating the team that helped make her dreams–along with many others–come true. With the staff on stage, Tank and the Bangas group closed their set with “Brady’s”.
You can watch the full set below. Visit Tank and the Bangas tour dates on the band’s website.