Tank and the Bangas' "Green Balloon" Lets the Voices in Her Head Have Their Say

Tank and the Bangas treated their Jazz Fest set earlier this month as an album-release party for Green Balloon, their debut album on Verve Forecast. They had green balloons onstage, dancers in green, and vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball in a green cape with green chopsticks in her hair. They leaned heavily if not entirely on the album, which features Ball riding psychedelic jazz/funk grooves.

Tank and the Bangas Are Right Band, Right Time

Tank and the Bangas have become one of the best stories in New Orleans music. Their growth as artists and performers has been steady, and success hasn’t come at the cost of their nerve. Instead of remaking “Walmart” again and again or—worse—simplifying their songs to make them more conventional, they’ve asked more of their audiences instead of less.

Tank and the Bangas' Liberation Music

Last weekend, Tarriona "Tank" Ball played the telephone booth as part of The Music Box's Roving Village in City Park. Today, she plays the French Quarter Festival's Tropical Isle Hand Grenade Stage at 5:45 p.m. with her group, Tank and the Bangas

Recently, Lauren Keenan visited the band to see them at home and in rehearsal. Here are her notes:

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