Rummaging through their sound like a thrift-store hippie, you’ll find the Bangas provoke musical references to rhythmic soul and spoken word along with rock, gospel, funk, and folk. Combining their various musical techniques, coupled with lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s play on lyrics, Tank and the Bangas have quilted a unique sound that makes them one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.
Fellow New Orleans–based band Sweet Crude opens the evening.
Louisiana bilingual pop project Sweet Crude is a young 6-piece composed of New Orleans musicians creating a sound that sets English and Louisiana’s native French dialect to decidedly non-Cajun music. The band—boasting surnames like Marceaux, Arceneaux, and Chachere—seeks to reconnect with their lineage in the context of 5-part harmonies, tribal rhythms, and pop hooks.
Tank and the Bangas perform at the Museum of Fine Arts on Wednesday, July 19. Showtime is 7:30 PM. Tickets $24-$30.