Tank and the Bangas

Tank and the Bangas

Friday, October 21, 2022 . 8PM

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Program Notes: 

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Tank and The Bangas don’t go anywhere quietly. They are a beacon of life. And it’s that life that you hear in their music. That’s what makes this five-piece band one of the most thrilling, unpredictable and sonically diverse bands on the planet; a unit where jazz meets hip-hop, soul meets rock and funk is the beating heart of everything they do.

A family of musical lifers, none of them ever thought twice about quitting through years and years of grinding it out on local live circuits. That time gave them the best foundation for their onstage chemistry and dexterity. Since they won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, they’ve gotten signed by major label Verve Forecast, released two albums (“Green Balloon” in 2019 and “Red Balloon” in 2022), were nominated in 2020 for the Best New Artist Grammy Award, and taken their multifaceted sound around the world. Tank and the Bangas are in the vein of bands that believe there are only two types of music: good music, or bad music. “If it’s good, it’s good!” says Tank. Despite their newfound global focus, they remain a New Orleans band at heart. New Orleans is a lawless place for creatives—there are no rules.

This event is part of the Visiting Artist Series. The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series features regional, national and international artists who visit the University of Maryland for performances and other activities. Beyond the stunning work these artists bring to the stage, they are also committed to extensive engagement that creates exciting connections with students and the community. During their time at UMD, Tank and the Bangas will have engaged in:

  • A lunch meet & greet with UMD students in the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House, TOTUS Spoken Word program and Terpoets group
  • A visit to UMD School of Music jazz students


This performance is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.



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