Tank and the Bangas is a Grammy Award-nominated funk and soul band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band's members met back in 2011 at a New Orleans open mic show called Liberation Lounge at the now-closed Blackstar Cafe and Books.
The band's debut album, Thinktank, was released in 2013. Naming Tank and the Bangas the 2017 winner of NPR's Tiny Desk Contest for their song "Quick", NPR co-host of All Songs Considered Bob Boilen, "What won me over about the band's performance of 'Quick' were the interactions among lead singer Tarriona 'Tank' Ball and her bandmates, and the way they seemed to surprise one another.
It all felt so organic and on-the-spot." Juror Trey Anastasio of Phish said, "I immediately loved this...Tank is a force of nature, just full of joy -- and her band is killing in the background." The story of the evolution of Tank's voice was covered in an episode of NPR's World Cafe show for essential and emerging artists.
The sophomore studio album, Green Balloon, was released in 2019. They were nominated in the Best New Artist category at the 62nd Grammy Awards.
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