Tank and The Bangas Live at The Electric Ballroom Concert Review

“A lively fusion of funk, soul, hip hop, jazz, rock, and spoken word” describes a critic.

And so, it was. We were thankful to have received tickets to see NPR Music’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest winners and New Orleans ensemble Tank and The Bangas’ live show at Electric Ballroom in Camden on Tuesday night.   


Their set was an hour and a half full assortment of funk, rock, spoken word, jazz, hip hop, soul and even a little bit of flute. The amazing aura of lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball graced the stage and what transpired after, was one of the most energy-filled, audience engaging concert I have seen in a my arguably brief yet experienced life.

A set list seemed to provide only as stimulus for the group to perform onstage. Songs that were originally at four minutes went over to seven or eight, as Tank appeared to go anywhere the energy took her. My personal favourite was her especially theatrical and almost Disney princess-like performance of "Quick" in which in parts of the song, she rapped almost Disney-like and cartoonish – though in parts, her delivery was fast and fierce. Her artistic co-vocalist was the immaculate accompaniment — their symphonic chemistry was just as catching as their harmonies and ad-libs. They were supported by a talented five-man band handling two sets of keys, drums, bass, saxophone and flute.

Overall, Blacpire scores the concert a whopping 8/10 as they performed incredibly well! A very comfortable length of time, phenomenal energy both from the New Orleans ensemble and their audience which really impressed us.