Tank and the Bangas

Active since 2011, Tank & the Bangas are a New Orleans, Louisiana-based R&B band fronted by Tarriona Ball, aka Tank the band's instrumental core, capable of shifting from classic soul and funk to hip-hop, reggae, and rock, consists of musical director and drummer Joshua Johnson, keyboardist Merell Burkett, keyboardist and bassist Norman Spence, and saxophonist and flutist Albert Allenback. They're joined by a cast of supplemental musicians that has included background vocalists Angelika Joseph and Kayla Jasmine. Think Tank, their debut studio album, was released independently in 2013. Tank and the Bangas reached a new audience when they prevailed over 6,000 fellow aspiring acts to win NPR's third Tiny Desk Contest in 2017.