Tank & The Bangas To Play Montgomery's 'Art In Concert' On Oct. 20th October 13, 2017 11:48

Photo by Gus Bennett Jr.

Over the last few years, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts' Junior Executive Board has worked tirelessly to establish the tradition of 'Art in Concert'. Held annually on the museum's beautiful property, this event has brought the likes of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Futurebirds, and many more to one of the city's most unique venues. This year's event has raised the bar yet again, as one of the hottest acts in America, Tank & The Bangas, is all set to bring its wildly unique and entertaining show to Montgomery on Friday, October 20th.

Tank and the Bangas is a New Orleans-based band that has gained popularity in the last several months after winning the NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Judges said they selected this band because of their mastery of a unique sound while maintaining a chemistry that made them a pure joy to watch. The six-person band features Montgomery native and BTW alum Albert Allenback, and to bring the experience full circle, opening for the band will be BTW's Wilbur Terrell Jazz Ensemble.

The MMFA will be bringing back the popular VIP tent sponsored by Pine Bar and Vintage Year for this year's concert.  Enjoy food and drinks and meet the band under a private tent from 5:30-7:00 P.M. prior to the concert.  VIP tickets are only $50. General Admission tickets are $15. Gates open at 5:30 P.M. and the music starts at 7:00 P.M. 
Please, no outside coolers.  Food and beverages will be sold during the event.  Remember to bring with you a valid ID to purchase alcohol. There will be a 100% ID check, no exceptions. 

MMFA would like to give a special thanks to this year's sponsors: 

Poarch Creek Indians, EMERGE, Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, Dan Harris, Jr. - County Commissioner District 1, Bailey Brothers Music Company, Vintage Year, Pine Bar, Capitol Container, Live & Listen, The Shoppes at Eastchase, Jack Ingram Motors, and Whole Foods.

The Junior Executive Board uses the funds raised from Art in Concert to support Museum programs. Funds from the First Art in Concert were used to sponsor Summer Art Camp for A.C., a little boy who participated in the Museums after school program and showed promise. A.C. was so excited for summer art camp that even when his mother had car trouble he found a way to art camp by taking a cab to the museum all on his own. 
While continuing to support promising art students by sponsoring Summer Art Camp programs, the Junior Executive Board has been able to expand its support as Art in Concert has continued to grow. Most recently funds raised through Art in Concert were used to sponsor a young professional party at the Museum to preview the MMFA's fundraising auction, Bazaar d'Art. This sponsorship meant the Junior Executive Board was able to raise even more funds for the museum by getting a new audience to bid in the fundraising auction for the Museum. 
Watch Tank & The Bangas' acclaimed NPR Tiny Desk Concert here:
Watch Tank & The Bangas official music video for "Quick" here:
“A New Orleans funk outfit that incorporates 1970’s soul dynamics and 2000’s rapping into an appealingly tactile hybrid.” –The New York Times
“A sense of constant discovery animates their music and drives them to glorious heights of spontaneity.” –NPR Music

Feel Good Fridays: Tank & The Bangas' Tiny Desk Concert June 16, 2017 11:46

It's been a hot minute since we've installed a new weekly feature, and what better time do so then Friday afternoon, when we're all inching towards the weekend. So without further ado, today we're introducing a concept simply known as "Feel Good Fridays," which will highlight a different band/artist each week whose music simply brightens your day.  We all have those go to tracks that are so good they make you laugh.  That's what we're going for. We want to share material from different genres that strikes that nostalgic chord and helps you kick off the weekend on the highest of notes.  And with that being said, let's talk about Tank & The Bangas from New Orleans, LA.

Back in late February, Tank & The Bangas won this year's NPR Tiny Desk Contest, one which received well over 6,000 submissions. The panel of 10 judges even included the likes of Trey Anastasio (Phish). In the third year of this contest, NPR received its most submissions this year, multiples from every state. As a result of the band's big win, they were brought into NPR Studios in Washington D.C. for a studio performance, as well as a national tour with Lagunitas Brewing Company. 

This New Orleans-based funk/soul group brings an element that we've never seen from any other band. Tarriona “Tank” Ball, who first gained attention as a slam poet, leads the group on some truly unique lead vocals, which vary from R&B, hip hop, and spoken word; all combined over a live band. At times, you'll feel like you might be watching a scene from a broadway musical, or at least we did. This group has continued to make big moves over the last four months, and we can't wait to see what the future holds. See below for Tank & The Bangas' NPR Tiny Desk performance, as well as their original audition video. Feel free to send future submissions for Feel Good Friday's by clicking here.

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Watch Tank & The Bangas' NPR Tiny Desk performance here:

Watch Tank & The Bangas' NPR Tiny Desk audition here: