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St. Augustine, Fla. (December 10, 2018) – The Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, in partnership with Flying
Saucer Presents, proudly welcomes genre-bending soul-funk group Tank and the Bangas with guests Alfred Banks and Maggie
Koerner on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Tickets for Tank and the Bangas with guests Alfred Banks and Maggie Koerner go on sale
to the general public this Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m.
Coming from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas are surrounded by plenty of grand musical traditions. And the five-piece
group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles—fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B and subtle jazz—into
one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own. “It’s
music that can’t really be put in a box,” says singer and poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. She fronts the band with vivid charisma that
helped Tank and the Bangas win NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Concert Contest by unanimous acclaim, standing out among 6,000
entrants because of what Bob Boilen called “the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players.” Those same
qualities also attracted the attention of Verve Records, which has signed the band.
Ball’s lyrical depth has been years in the making. She came up in the strong local slam poetry scene before meeting her
bandmates: Merell Burkett on keyboards, Joshua Johnson on drums, Norman Spence on bass and synth keys and, eventually,
Albert Allenback on alto sax and flute. After her team won the National Poetry Slam Championship two years in a row, Ball
turned her full attention to Tank and the Bangas.
What started as a loose collaboration at an open-mic night in 2011 has grown into a mesmerizing musical force that’s only
picking up speed. After a featured set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival early in the band’s career, the musicians built
a reputation outside their hometown by grinding it out on the road, honing their live show and releasing the 2013 album Think
Tank, all the while converting audiences into passionate fans and garnering critical acclaim, from the New Orleans Advocate to
The New York Times. “It made us work hard,” Ball says of playing Jazz Fest. “It made us want to feel deserving of it.”
Their hard work is paying off: The Huffington Post says Tank and the Bangas defy description onstage, adding, “It’s music that
you have to experience.” The experience is subject to change from one night to the next.
“One show will feel very electronic, or hip-hop, and another show will feel slow and vibe-y and jazzy, and then another show
will just be poetry and off-the-cuff riffs,” says Johnson. “As a band, we don’t like to hear ourselves do the same thing for too
long, so we might change a small thing here or there, and if we change enough small things, it seems like a big change.”
Tank and the Bangas won the Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a riotous single they released in 2017. There’s more new music
where that came from as the group works on the follow-up to Think Tank.
Tickets for Tank and the Bangas with guests Alfred Banks and Maggie Koerner live on the Backyard Stage at the St.
Augustine Amphitheatre will go on sale this Friday, December 14 at 10 a.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte
Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. Tickets also will be available at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
SHOW: Tank and the Bangas with guests Alfred Banks and Maggie Koerner
VENUE: Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre
DATE: Sunday, March 10, 2019
TIME: Doors 5:30 p.m. / Show 6:30 p.m.
TICKET PRICES: $20.00 – Advanced Purchase General Admission Standing Room
$25.00 – Day of Show General Admission Standing Room
WEBSITE: www.tankandthebangas.com; www.staugamphitheatre.com