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Did you catch Tank and the Bangas when they performed at Saturn Birmingham in May 2017? That was shortly after the band won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest out of 6,000 entries, and just before the New Orleans group’s success skyrocketed. Fortunately for us, they’re back in the ’Ham on Friday night, Aug. 17, for Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Get tickets before they’re gone.
Who Are Tank And The Bangas?
Frontwoman Tarriona Ball (that’s Tank) got her start in spoken word poetry as part of a New Orleans slam team. That explains her knack for storytelling in her lyrics, but the band is so much more than that—a raw mix of hip-hop, soul, funk and laid-back jazz swing.
Ball recently told Vanity Fair in an interview for the July 2018 issue, “I want to be that person to lead the march from what’s been going on underground for years, and bring it aboveground. Spoken word, song, poetry. All this crazy music that doesn’t have a ‘genre.’”
This morning, I rewatched the band’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert to brush up on their sound. I’ll add another descriptor: dreamy. (That’s thanks to the keys and jazz flute.)
Ending Summer 2018 With A Bang(a) At Art On The Rocks
Friday, Aug. 17, is the last Art on the Rocks of the summer 2018 season, so get those tickets now. Beyond the must-see performance by Tank and the Bangas, it’s one heck of a party celebrating Birmingham arts and culture. Here’s what’s up.
Not One DJ, But Two
- DJ Love Deluxe will keep the Art on the Rocks dance party going all evening in the café from 7 to 11 p.m.
- DJ New Era will spin beats under the stars on the Upper Plaza from 7 to 9:30 p.m. before Tank and the Bangas hits the stage.
Art Slam Underground
Tank and the Bangas has roots in slam poetry. Local Birmingham artists will get into the spirit with a friendly slam art competition from 8 to 9 p.m. in the café.
Live Painting Feat
Witness local Morgan Buko complete a masterful painting in two hours in the Sculpture Garden from 7 to 9 p.m.
Cutting-Edge Professional Dance Performance
AROVA is Birmingham’s leading contemporary ballet company. I caught their spring choreography showcase, and I’m excited to watch their artistry in motion again at Art on the Rocks. Dancers will perform in Bromberg’s Lounge at 8 p.m. and on the Upper Plaza at 9 p.m.
Stop by the Good Vibes Installation curated by Club Duquette in Bromberg’s Lounge from 7 to 11 p.m. for photos or just to hang.
Fun And Games In The Galleries
Play art critic during This or That? from 7 to 11 p.m. Start in Bromberg’s Lounge to pick up your voting stars and instructions before you head to the galleries.
Convinced? I thought so.
Buy tickets to see Tank and the Bangas at Art on the Rocks on Friday, Aug. 17, from 7 to 11 p.m., $25 for non-members and $15 for members.
Not a member yet? It’s not too late for savings. An individual annual membership starts at just $50. When you take advantage of discounted tickets and membership benefits year-round, it practically pays for itself. Plus, you’ll help keep the Birmingham Museum of Art open and free to the public.
Thanks to Dale’s Seasoning for supporting Art on the Rocks at the Birmingham Museum of Art.