Tank & the Bangas, Sweet Crude


Star Theater (map) Downtown
Sun Oct 1 at 7:30 pm 21+

Tank & the Bangas

The best thing I saw at Pickathon was NPR Tiny Desk insta-heroes Tank and the Bangas, a super fun fusionistic space/funk/jazz/hip-hop band that absolutely tractor-beamed everyone crowded around the Woods Stage on Saturday afternoon. Here’s the thing about this New Orleans six-piece: They’re weird. I mean, they’re also tight and funky and talented, but their songs are just strange, man. They zig and zag in unexpected ways. They’re rhythmically restless, and they’re unafraid of jumping out of funk’s pocket and exploring unconventional sounds. The four instrumentalists are a killer unit, but what makes Tank and the Bangas truly special are the two women who front the band. Tank is equal parts starry-eyed singer, slam poet, character actor and performance artist, while Jelly plays her foil, providing soulful vocal interplay and incredible charisma. These two women are an explosively potent combo; it is impossible to take your eyes off of them. And their band... their band is the real deal. They deserve every bit of success coming their way. BEN SALMON

Star Theater

13 NW 6th, Portland, OR 97209

Event Times
  • Sun Oct 1 at 7:30 pm
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