Win Tickets ($50): Tank and the Bangas @ Revolution Hall | Hip Hop, Soul

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Tank and the Bangas @ Revolution Hall on March 17. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed March 13.


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Tank and the Bangas
March 17, 2023
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $25 | 21+
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Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Tank and The Bangas don’t go anywhere quietly. Sitting around a dimly lit room in London’s neighborhood of Camden Town, vocalist Tank Ball, bassist Norman Spence, drummer Joshua Johnson and saxophonist Albert Allenback can’t go mere minutes without bursting into play fights, or talking over one another, or laughing from their deepest guts. They are a beacon of life. And it’s that life that you hear in their music. That’s what makes this fivepiece 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. Their new album Green Balloon is on the horizon, and it’s their first release now they’re signed to major label Verve Forecast – a deal that came after they won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, beating out hundreds of other acts. They admit that it was a moment that has entirely changed their lives. This resulting record is set to prove their pizazz and their staying power. It’s everything they’ve worked so hard for so far.

The founding members of the band (Tank, Josh and Norman) met at an open mic night in New Orleans in 2011 called Liberation Lounge. Tank had wanted Josh to write out songs she’d already written for a poetry album. Eventually they met Albert. 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. As a result they’ve been heralded the best live band in America and for good reason.

Despite their newfound global focus, Tank and The Bangas remain a New Orleans band at heart. New Orleans is a lawless place for creatives – there are no rules. There might be an idea of the typical Frenchmen St jazz band but to couch this band’s work in that notion is to do both them and NOLA a grand disservice. ”You don’t need to do a certain type of music to be connected to New Orleans,” says Tank. “It’s in the culture, it’s in the people, it’s in the fact that we can all find so many common things in the streets.” New Orleans champions its own, which allowed Tank and The Bangas to grow their fanbase by word of mouth and community. “That’s more New Orleans than anything I’ve ever heard. The music in New Orleans isn’t technical, it’s not a bunch of fancy ass notes. It’s felt and it’s very passionate. It’s real. That’s what people get to take home.”

It makes sense that the next person they have on their dream list to work with is legendary musician George Clinton. “Just putting it out there,” laughs Tank. Overall, the band are no longer waiting for their own green light to get going. The green light is here, and you better believe Tank and The Bangas are ready to take flight.




  1. Lilo Nguyen on February 28, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Saw them at Summerfest 2021 in Wisconsin! Would love them to see them at home!

  2. Nicole SmithRyan on February 28, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Bangas bomb!!! Dancing to tank in pdx please

  3. Dina Morgan on February 28, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Tank & the Bangas sound like if Nicki Minaj and Lizzo got together to sing 70’s funk they’re awesome!

  4. Michael Duey on February 28, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    I still choke up when I watch the Tiny Desk concert. They had to cut the night short at The Star a few years ago, I hope they play all night this time!

  5. Tanner on February 28, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    I love Tank and the Bangas!

  6. Tori on February 28, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    I would love to go see them!!!

  7. Debbie G. on February 28, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    It would be a sweet surprise for my daughter! I’d love to give her a night out.

  8. Everett on February 28, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    I would love to introduce this group to my partner for the first time live!

  9. Hilli on February 28, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    always wanted to catch Tank and the Bangas and it was always a missed connection! 🤞

  10. Stacy B on February 28, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    A friend from New Orleans has been telling me that I just *have* to check out Tank and the Bangas!

  11. GG Warren on February 28, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    I Would love to see them live. It Would be even better If I Could Photograph the Show!

  12. Dave G. on February 28, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Always fun, upbeat and contagious!

  13. Brian mcgregor on February 28, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Love for TANKS

  14. Alice Jones on February 28, 2023 at 9:11 pm

    What a fun night this would be!

  15. Melody Fontenot on March 1, 2023 at 6:59 pm

    Love Tank and the Bangas!

  16. Becky on March 1, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    Yes please!

  17. Jaime K on March 2, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    You should do some nice things for meeee! Saw them at Pickathon, would love to see them again!!

  18. Mia on March 2, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    Eager to see them live!

  19. Sean on March 6, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Love her vocals

  20. Mel on March 6, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Haven’t seen them in years, thanks for considering!

  21. David rottenberg on March 7, 2023 at 11:32 am

    I want to go to this!!!!!

  22. Hunter on March 7, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    This is going to be a killer show

  23. Justine on March 7, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    I have never seen them live but I’ve heard they are insane. I could use some of that about now 😉

  24. Heather on March 7, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    I went to buy tickets and they were sold out 🙁 Help please!!!

  25. Mac on March 7, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    I have loved tank for so long! I wanna take a cute girl to this show and dance

  26. MacKenzie on March 7, 2023 at 1:10 pm

    I have a friend this would be so perfect for 🙂 love tank

  27. Aneta Bujno on March 7, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    It’d be hella dope to see them perform in Portland!

  28. Amy H. on March 7, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    Would love to see them! 😀

  29. Carolina on March 7, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    How fun!! would love to see them live!

  30. Naomi on March 7, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    Oh SNAP I would love to go!

  31. Molly on March 8, 2023 at 12:21 am

    Aaah yes! A sold out show. Missed grabbing tickets. Such a good time. Thanks for the opportunity and showcasing awesome fun talent!

  32. Maya on March 8, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    I have never heard any sound like Tank and the Bangas before. Watching their tiny desk felt like seeing them in person – the way they bring you in with so much soul, creativity, and joy. They’re simultaneously jamming, telling a story, feeling deeply themselves, and bringing the listener along on their journey. I would love to see them live and get to experience this magic in person.

  33. Addie on March 9, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Tank is the bomb! Can’t what to see them!

  34. Amanda Rose Napolitano on March 10, 2023 at 4:12 am

    They are truly an amazing band, I fell head over heals the moment their tiny desk performance began.

  35. A Rose Napolitano on March 10, 2023 at 4:13 am

    Nothing matches their energy, they are real talent!

  36. Kristen W on March 10, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    This would be an incredible birthday show for me, fingers crossed

  37. Jacob on March 10, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    Aw, geez! Would love to see Tank & the Bangas. I keep hearing amazing da about their live performance.

  38. Arianne Kimberly on March 14, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    So much fun! Sounds like helluva good time!!!! We are in….

  39. Claire on March 16, 2023 at 8:41 am

    Yes! Big ass, big mouth, big bands, big house…

  40. Mikayla Green Albano on March 17, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Tank & the Bangas stopped my soul with their lyrics! Would LOVE to see them live!!!

  41. Tyler on March 17, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Happy St. Patrick’s Friday!

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