So there I am, in the middle of the Teregram Ballroom in Los Angeles and running on 4 hours of sleep as I slowly feel myself crashing. The night is just beginning and I find myself leaning on the stage for balance. My best friend yawns, then I yawn, then she yaws; it’s a vicious cycle. The only thing that keeps me awake, to be honest, is the lovely couple next to us that starts a conversation.
The sleepy state I’m in completely disappears the moment the opener of the night hits the stage. Sweet Crude will wake you right up and though I’m a new fan and know none of their songs; it is impossible to not have a good time when watching them live. The energy (thankfully) stuck around until I got in the car to go home.
I was there to see Tank and the Bangas, my second time seeing them and definitely not my last.
I want to bottle up the energy that they have; I want to contain the magic and slowly share it with the world. I want everybody to experience this band because the inspiration that hits you after their show is necessary. It’s in that crowded room, in the middle of an eclectic group of music fans that you can experience pure happiness. It’s in the dance breaks, it’s in Tanks vocals, it’s in the way you can tell that Jelly (back up singer) feels right at home on the stage, it’s when you scan the stage and notice every single musician on the stage smiling and it’s when you catch a glimpse of the Saxophone player living his best life. The point is that happiness radiates from the stage and you can’t help but smile during the entirety of the show.
Tank and the Bangas will give you jazz, soul, R&B, hip hop and spoken word poetry all in one show. The extraordinary musicianship is evident on every single band member and the audience lets them know just how much they appreciate their time.
Have you ever been to a show where the audience is so loud that you know you’re screaming, you can feel the vibration in your throat from your screaming but you can’t actually hear yourself screaming? That’s a Tank and the Bangas concert.
They are a band that attracts an audience that truly appreciates music. Before they even hit the stage, you can feel the energy from the people surrounding you; they’re excited, they have stretched (so they can dance), they’re ready for a good time and if the magic in the room could be captured I am certain that it would save us from the chaotic times we are living in.
Both times that I have witnessed Tank and the Bangas live, I have tried to take note of everything that happens on that stage but truth be told; it is so difficult to take your eyes away from the magical being that is Tank. Her voice, her passion, her dedication and her talent make an impact the moment she steps on that stage. I witnessed Hamilton the night before I saw Tank and the Bangas and I can’t help but connect the two because, “Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now”. I need you to understand that we are all so lucky to exist at the exact same time as Tank and the Bangas, music heals and this band is out here healing souls and I hope they’re aware of the impact they are making in the world.
If this tiny music blog is the first time that you are hearing about Tank and the Bangas, I urge you to look them up and I promise it’s the best decision you’ll be making all day.