Tank and The Bangas return to “The Today Show” to perform “Communion In My Cup”
photo credit: Nathan Congleton

Tank and The Bangas return to “The Today Show” to perform “Communion In My Cup”


November 14, 2022—Today, Best New Artist Grammy nominees Tank and The Bangas returned to the “TODAY Show” to perform their track “Communion In My Cup” featuring The Ton3s. Watch/share the performance below.

In addition, the band continues their residency at New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club from November 18 – 20. The upcoming run of dates features a variety of special guests such as Big FreediaKat EdmonsonBrandee Younger and Isaiah Sharkey. Full performance schedule can be found below. 

“Communion In My Cup” originally appeared on the band’s third studio album, Red Balloon, which is out now on Verve Records to widespread praise. Predominantly produced by Tank and the Bangas, the 16-track album includes contributions from Freedia, Alex IsleyMasego, Lalah HathawayJacob CollierQuestlove, Trombone ShortyJamison RossThe HamiltonesGeorgia Anne Muldrow and Wayne Brady. The new work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on the ills of America while also celebrating the beauty of Black life. 

Most recently, the band teamed up with acclaimed hip-hop duo EARTHGANG for a remix of “Communion In My Cup.” Listen/share the song below.

New Orleans-based Tank and the Bangas rose to prominence in 2017 following their unanimous NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest victory. In 2019, the band released their major label debut, Green Balloon, on Verve Forecast to widespread critical praise. Last year, Tank and The Bangas released their EP Friend Goals, featuring CHIKA, Duckwrth and PJ Morton. 

Throughout their career the group has performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Austin City Limits” and “TODAY.” Tank and The Bangas have toured non-stop, selling out venues both stateside and abroad including festival appearances at Coachella, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Tank and The Bangas are Tarriona “Tank” Ball (lead vocals), Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Norman Spence (keys).

See what the media says about the new record:

“The range of Tank and a band is just simply wonderful. They deserve
all the accolades and more for this release.”

“[A] bangin’ third studio album.”

“Soul is more than a one-track monolith, as heard with Tank and The Bangas’ Red Balloon. The jazzy, funk-influenced, soothing elements of this LP leave one ready to reflect and bask in the various takeaways revealed throughout.”

“Support their movement, support their music.”

“...showcases the group’s lush sonic chemistry and Tank’s knack for poignant lyricism.”

“Like the New Orleans-based group themselves, Red Balloon brazenly blossoms into a rambunctious, free-flowing celebration that dives soul first into a heady nu-funk groove....
At one with otherness and living-in-the-moment-centric, the quirky quintet enters its most artistically unified era with gusto.”

“The album has an instantly recognizable freedom to it, a collaborative pulse and lighthearted strokes of genius that help alleviate even the darkest corners of the songs.”

November 18—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz Club (Two Shows)†
November 19—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz Club (Two Shows)‡
November 20—New York, NY—Blue Note Jazz Club (Two Shows)§
December 31—New Orleans, LA—Big Night New Orleans at Mardi Gras World
†w/ Big Freedia
‡w/ Kat Edmonson and Brandee Younger
§w/ Isaiah Sharkey
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