Bang It Up

When you think of green, don’t stop at the color. Remember the state of mind, of being – and a real, tangible thing, all at once.

Green Balloon is the latest release from New Orleans outfit Tank and The Bangas, who got their start at an open mic night in their hometown. However, it was an NPR Tiny Desk Concert that put them on the map for their distinctive sound and infectious live performances, with an extraordinary mix of energy derived from soul, hip-hop, R&B and spoken word artistry. For front woman Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Green Balloon is layered with different meanings: The green of moods (envy, naïveté) and things she’s bought; and the balloon that’s floats up high, or gets held down. Through it all has been growth and change, “every version of myself that I’ve met so far,” she explains.

Tank and The Bangas bring their celebration to Austin tonight at Emo’s, 2015 E. Riverside Dr. Houston Gulf Coast outfit The Suffers opens the show. Doors at 8 p.m. And you’ll fly with them all. Recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

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