Tank & the Bangas are a New Orleans, Louisiana-based R&B band fronted by Tarriona Ball, aka Tank, a singer and poet. The band’s instrumental core, capable of shifting from classic soul and funk to hip-hop, reggae, and rock, consists of musical director and drummer Joshua Johnson, keyboardist Merell Burkett, keyboardist and bassist Norman Spence, and saxophonist and flutist Albert Allenback. They’re joined by a cast of supplemental musicians that has included background vocalists Angelika “Jelly” Joseph and Kayla Jasmine. Think Tank, their debut studio album, was released independently in 2013. It was followed by a pair of recordings that documented hometown gigs: The Big Bang: Live at Gasa Gasa in 2014 and Jazzfest in 2015. In 2017, Tank & the Bangas reached a new audience when they prevailed over 6,000 fellow aspiring acts to win NPR’s third Tiny Desk Contest. The vote, from a panel of musicians and experts, was unanimous.

Day 12 of the 2017 celebration of culture and community at the Minnesota State Fair featured a high energy, funky performance with Tank and the Bangas.  I promise Minnesotans that watched today’s performance are not wondering any further, who these amazing musicians are from New Orleans are.  Lead vocalist, Tarriona “Tank” Ball took Minnesotans on a fantastic journey through their song list that included their latest release “QUICK” in both shows today.

Video: Tank and the Bangas performing their latest song release “QUICK”.

Podcast: OMG Media Solutions’ Monique Linder speaks to Tang and the Bangas about their music journey.


Tarriona Tank Ball (vocals); Jelly Joseph (vocals); Merell Burkett Jr. (keys); Norman Spence II (keys); Joshua Johnson (drums); Jonathan Johnson (bass); Albert Allenback (saxophone)

Day 12 celebration of culture and community at the Minneapolis State Fair is a wrap for 2017.  Thank you to Tank and the Bangas, Usher, Lil Jon, George Clinton and P-Funk, The Pointer Sisters, Native Pride Dancers and so many artists and musicians that made 2017 a Fair to remember.