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Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Apr 13th 2019 @ Elmwood Park Amphitheater

Roanoke, Virginia
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About Tank and the Bangas
Genres:
Rhythmic Soul, Spoken Word, R&B
Band Members:
Tarriona Ball (Lead Singer/Poet), Norman Spence (Aux Keys), Joshua Johnson (Drummer/MD), Merell Burkett (Keys), Etienne Stouflet (Tenor Saxophone), Albert Allenback (Alto Saxophone/Flute), Jonathan Johnson (Bass), Anjelika Joseph (BGVs), Kayla Jasmine (BGVs)
Hometown:
New Orleans

Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shot gun house, Jerk Chicken Sam’iches and a drum set. Instantaneously this group...
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Saturday, April 13th, 2019
5:00 PM
Elmwood Park Amphitheater
706 Jefferson Street, Roanoke, Virginia 24011
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Roanoke, Virginia's Down by Downtown Music Festival welcomes Spafford, Tank and the Bangas, and Rubblebucket at Elmwood Park Amphitheater on Saturday, April 13, 2019. Doors: 5 p.m. $25 advance | $32 gate | Age 12 and under enter free | $60 All-Access Pass
Spafford (9 to 10:45 p.m., April 13)
Composed of Brian Moss (guitar), Jordan Fairless (bass), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys), and Cameron Laforest (drums), Spafford’s patented “electrofunk therapy” has a little bit of something for everyone, offering tastes of rock, funk, electronic, bluegrass, gospel, and more. The Arizona-based four-piece is characterized by strong vocals, tight harmonies, catchy tunes, and captivating live shows. However, the group is best known for their immense improvisational abilities, which see the band regularly embark on spontaneous and unrehearsed hour-long musical odysseys featuring jams that are patient, meticulous, and sonically rich.
In recent years, Spafford has witnessed a truly meteoric rise in the jam scene. Coming together serendipitously in 2009, the band gained a dedicated fan base in their home state of Arizona and quickly earned a reputation as the Southwest’s go-to jam act. Through word of mouth, buzz about the group spread, and due to unprecedented demand, their headlining tours consistently sold out venues across the country. Most recently, Spafford has been selected to play high-profile events like Bonnaroo, The Peach Music Festival, Summer Camp, Firefly Music Festival, and Suwanee Hulaween.
Tank and the Bangas (7 to 8:15 p.m., April 13)
Coming from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas are surrounded by plenty of grand musical traditions. And the five-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles — fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B and subtle jazz — into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own.
“It’s music that can’t really be put in a box,” says singer and poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. She fronts the band with vivid charisma that helped Tank and the Bangas win NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Concert Contest by unanimous acclaim, standing out among 6,000 entrants because of what Bob Boilen called “the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players.” Those same qualities also attracted the attention of Verve Records, which has signed the band.
Ball’s lyrical depth has been years in the making. She came up in the strong local slam poetry scene before meeting her bandmates: Merell Burkett on keyboards, Joshua Johnson on drums, Norman Spence on bass and synth keys and, eventually, Albert Allenback on alto sax and flute. “Growing up, I always could sing, but I wrote better than I sang, so I focused on writing,” she says. After her team won the National Poetry Slam Championship two years in a row, Ball turned her full attention to Tank and the Bangas.
What started as a loose collaboration at an open-mic night in 2011 has grown into a mesmerizing musical force that’s only picking up speed. After a featured set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival early in the band’s career, the musicians built a reputation outside their hometown by grinding it out on the road, honing their live show and releasing the 2013 album Think Tank, all the while converting audiences into passionate fans and garnering critical acclaim, from the New Orleans Advocate to The New York Times. “It made us work hard,” Ball says of playing Jazz Fest. “It made us want to feel deserving of it.”
Their hard work is paying off: The Huffington Post says Tank and the Bangas defy description onstage, adding, “It’s music that you have to experience.” The experience is subject to change from one night to the next.
Rubblebucket (5:30 to 6:30 p.m., April 13)
Rubblebucket is many things and nothing at all; it’s a mindset, a legend, a feeling, a mystery; a mischievous, playful, boundary-smashing blast of sound that you can sit still and wonder at, or turn off your mind and dance move wildly to. Or both at the same time. And if you won’t take it on my authority, take it on the authority of a small, but reputable publication called Rolling Stone, reporting from Bonnaroo: “Rubblebucket revved up like an indie-rock Miami Sound Machine, dancers, horns and all.”
Sponsored by Wells Fargo, Down By Downtown (DxDT) takes place April 11 to 13, 2019, in downtown Roanoke, Virginia. For more information, visit https://downbydowntown.com.
SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 12, 2019
Dharma Bombs — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 5 to 6 p.m. (free)
Chupacabras — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 6:30 to 8 p.m. (free)
Saturday, April 13, 2019
John & Kris Duo — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (free)
Blue Mule — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (free)
GOTE — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (free)
3 p.m. — Elmwood Park Amphitheater closes
5 p.m. — Elmwood Park Amphitheater reopens
Rubblebucket — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (paid)
Tank and the Bangas — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 7 to 8:15 p.m. (paid)
Spafford — Elmwood Park Amphitheater, 9 to 10:45 p.m. (paid)
*Schedule is subject to change
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About Tank and the Bangas
Genres:
Rhythmic Soul, Spoken Word, R&B
Band Members:
Tarriona Ball (Lead Singer/Poet), Norman Spence (Aux Keys), Joshua Johnson (Drummer/MD), Merell Burkett (Keys), Etienne Stouflet (Tenor Saxophone), Albert Allenback (Alto Saxophone/Flute), Jonathan Johnson (Bass), Anjelika Joseph (BGVs), Kayla Jasmine (BGVs)
Hometown:
New Orleans

Tank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shot gun house, Jerk Chicken Sam’iches and a drum set. Instantaneously this group...
Read More