Tank and the Bangas Set for North American Tour, Including New York’s Apollo Theater

Tanka and the Bangas
John Davisson
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Tank and the Bangas’ Tarriona Bell brings it home during the band’s set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds May 4.

New Orleans-based five-piece Tank And The Bangas are set to take their live show on the road this fall with stops including New York’s Apollo Theater, Los Angeles’ The Fonda Theatre, Chicago’s Metro and Boston’s Royale as well as performances at Boston’s Royale as well as performances at Afropunk, Newport Jazz Festival and Emerge Fest.

Tickets will be available on Friday, July 26, at the band’s website.

The run of dates will be in support of the band’s new album, Green Balloon, out now on Verve Forecast. Green Balloon represents a musical evolution for the group who called upon producers Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Zaytoven, Louie Lastic and Robert Glasper to help capture their vision.

Green Balloon is a sister to Think Tank,” says lead singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball. “Think Tank was 12, and Green Balloon is 16 and having sex. She’s out there.” 

See Also — Tank And The Bangas: From Tiny Desk To The Masses

Tank and the Bangas unanimously won NPR’s Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a single they released in 2017, about which Bob Boilen proclaimed, “This band combines R&B with hip-hop’s poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans.”

Since 2017, the band has toured non-stop selling out venues both stateside and abroad including festival appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and more. Last year, they were included on Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know,” who called them, “A secular church experience, with freewheeling improvisational chops and positive vibes.”

Complete 2019 Tour Schedule

August 4: Newport, RI (Newport Jazz Festival)
August 9: Fort Collins, CO (Bohemian Nights at NewWest Fest)

August 24: Brooklyn, NY (Afropunk)

August 25: Port Townsend, WA (THING)
September 13: Birmingham, AL (Emerge Fest)
September 19: Houston, TX (White Oak Music Hall)
September 20: Austin, TX (Emo’s East)
September 21: Dallas, TX (Trees)
September 22: Little Rock, AR (Revolution Music Room)
September 25: Santa Fe, NM (Meow Wolf)
September 26: Phoenix, AZ (The Van Buren)
September 29: Crystal Bay, NV (Crystal Bay Club)
October 1: San Diego, CA (Music Box San Diego)
October 3: Los Angeles, CA (The Fonda Theatre)
October 4: Santa Barbara, CA (SOhO)
October 7: Seattle, WA (Neptune Theatre)
October 8: Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom)
October 9: Boise, ID (Knitting Factory)
October 11: Englewood, CA (Gothic Theatre)
October 12: Boulder, CO (Fox Theatre)
October 14: Kansas City, MO (The Truman)
October 15: Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)
October 16: Chicago, IL (Metro)
October 18: Baltimore, MD( Rams Head Live!)
October 19: New York, NY (Apollo Theater)
October 20: Boston, MA (Royale)
October 22: Philadelphia, PA (Theatre of Living Arts)