NOLA natives Tank and the Bangas are coming to Knoxville this Wednesday, so here’s everything you need to know about six-member group before they light up the Bijou Theater.
Tarriona “Tank” Ball on lead vocals is a true powerhouse with Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph at her side for back-and-forth vocals and ad-libs. The rest of the Bangas include Albert Allenback on flute, Josh Johnson on drums, Norman Spence on bass and Merell Burkett on keyboard.
Each member is a professional with an edge and flare. Ball, for example, uses her background in slam poetry to spice up each piece from love songs like “Smoke.Netflix.Chill.” to anthems for securing the bag like “Quick.”
“Coming from poetry, you learn to get on the stage and feel completely naked and let people judge you for your words,” Tank said in an interview from 2014.
Her eccentric voices give life to the already lively jazz, making each melody ooze with funk and soul. Ball’s passion for word and theatrics show in each performance, especially in their introduction to the world behind NPR’s Tiny Desk.
From fun, shrill voices to her tear-jerking odes to love and New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas can be described simply as a rollercoaster. And they are well-worth the ride.
Check them out at the Bijou Theater this Wednesday. You can buy tickets here.