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Tank and The Bangas take on Rose Music Hall

When: Friday, September 22nd. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $12
Opener: Sweet Crude

This past summer, I learned about a funk and soul storytelling band called Tank and The Bangas. Through a friend, I learned they were chosen out of 6,000 performances as the winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk Competition. I was told to watch their Tiny Desk performance with an open mind, and I was blown away.

They were nothing I ever expected, yet are exactly what I didn‚Äôt know I needed. I was lucky enough to make it into one of their sold out shows in Washington D.C. in June. Now, I‚Äôm screaming from the top of The Tiger Hotel, ‚Äúyou CANNOT MISS your opportunity to see Tank and The Bangas at Rose Music Hall on September 22nd!‚ÄĚ

This New Orleans-based band brings a bold taste of soul, R&B, hip hop and spoken word. Lead singer Tarriona ‚ÄúTank‚ÄĚ Ball is an award winning poet whose voice, lyrics, and theatrics truly command a room and take even the most skeptical crowd member on a head bobbing journey. The entire band compliments each other on the same unique wavelength of musical genius.

Check out their NPR Tiny Desk Concert:

 

See what I mean? Now, just imagine that performance, but not in an office.

Tank and The Bangas command any crowd they want to take to ‚ÄėBangaville,‚Äô fly off of a roller coaster or throw a party with. They will have you grooving physically and moved emotionally. They tell real life stories through such tight musicianship that it almost seems unreal.

Be the person who can say they got to experience Tank and The Bangas at Rose Music Hall before they totally dominated the music industry.

See you on Friday! Don’t be late! Sweet Crude is kicking off the show at 8:30pm.

Get your tickets HERE.

P.S. TATB might even throw in a cover of Outkast‚Äôs, ‚ÄúHey Ya,‚ÄĚ just so you can know what real love feels like.

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Must see: Steve Moakler

When: Friday, April 21. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
Where: Rose Music Hall
Tickets: $10
Openers: Drew Baldridge + Smithfield

There’s a good chance that you’ve¬†heard of country singer-songwriter Steve Moakler. He’s headlining SiriusXM’s The Highway Finds tour, which is how I discovered him ‚ÄĒ on the radio’s segment¬†Highway Finds.¬†Before the station spun his single “Suitcase,” the DJ gave a backstory on how Moakler had pinned a few hits for other established country artists, including¬†Dierks Bentley’s “Riser.” I’m happy to report that Moakler’s sound does not fall into the dark realm of¬†“bro-country.”¬†Moakler¬†isn’t¬†into the music business for awards, money or fame, which is one reason why so many people dig him. He’s just here because he loves making music. Plus,¬†I’m a sucker for great songwriters, so I was instantly intrigued.

 

The first time I saw Steve Moakler live, I also met him

Moakler¬†opened in May for Billy Currington and Kelsea Ballerini at The Blue Note’s 9th Street Summerfest. It was my first day as an intern at The Blue Note and I had somehow ended up directing traffic during soundcheck. A stranger walked up to me and we started talking about the excitement of the day. He walked away and then to the stage to soundcheck “Love drunk” and I realized that I had just met one of Nashville’s finest! The show was a success and now¬†I can’t wait to see him headline at Rose Music Hall.

I’ll be mentally preparing for the show by listening to his new album, Steel Town:¬†

Another reason to be excited for the show is the up-and-coming artists who will be kicking it off. The Highway handpicked Drew Baldridge and Smithfield to start the night right. I also picked a few tunes to get you familiar with the artists and their music before the show.

My picks:
Drew Baldridge’s “Dance With Ya”

Smithfield’s “If I Were You”

Now that you have¬†some¬†listening homework, all you need is¬†your ticket.¬†It’ll only cost you $10 to experience all three country acts in the wonderful atmosphere that we know and love as¬†Rose Music Hall. Don’t forget to come early for¬†Happy Hour in the park and enjoy¬†even more live music before the show, $3 Logboat cans and tasty grub from Pepe’s Tacos.¬†See you Friday!


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Gearing up for Josh Abbott Band

Where: The Blue Note

When: Thursday, April 6. Doors at 7 p.m., Show at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $16 in Advance / $18 Day of Show

Opener: Troy Cartwright

In a world of countless¬†country music sub-genres, the Josh Abbott Band transcends. It’s hard for me to place a label on them as one “type” of country music because their music is relatable to all country fans. They’re damn good and even if you’re unfamiliar with the band’s name, you’ve¬†probably heard them on any¬†mainstream country music radio station.

So why is the Josh Abbott Band an all-around solid country music group? They tell great stories lyrically and melodically. These stories are so relatable that, at times, you may feel as if you’ve lived them. And you very well could have because most of their songs were written by Josh Abbott about his life. Abbott doesn’t skimp on vulnerable details either. The band’s latest album “Front Row Seat” is structured as “acts” in a play that take listeners through the rise and fall of Abbott’s relationship with his ex-wife. When you see this band live, be prepared to feel an emotional roller coaster of country greatness. (With a beer in your hand, of course.)

The Josh Abbott Band puts on one hell of a show. They’ve been doing the “music thing” for years. See below… Remember “Oh Tonight”? It was one of their first national singles and it¬†featured a young Kacey Musgraves before many of us even knew who she was. It’s¬†my personal Josh Abbott Band favorite.

You’ve probably also heard the band’s latest hit¬†“Wasn’t That Drunk,” which features another up and coming female country star, Carly Pearce. Talk about paying it forward to the ladies in this industry! Am I right or am I right? This song is sure¬†to be a crowd favorite at The Blue Note¬†next Thursday.

I think it’s safe to say that romance will be alive at this show, and speaking of love, I’m quickly falling for the newly announced opener, Troy Cartwright.¬†I had heard Cartwright’s song “Arkansas” before and now I get to see him LIVE with Josh Abbott Band. You’re sure to find me grooving by the stage. Get your tickets¬†and I’ll see you there!