A tiny desk made Tank and the Bangas the next big thing, reports the Daily Advertiser, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network. In 2017, the New Orleans band, led by Tarriona “Tank” Ball, beat out more 6,000 other entries to win NPR’s annual Tiny Desk Concert contest. Tank and the Bangas’ major label debut, 2019’s “Green Balloon,” made even more fans for the group’s unique mix of rap, funk, soul and wry spoken word poetry. In this year’s Grammy Awards, Tank and the Bangas are nominated for best new artist. Next time you’re in New Orleans, here is where Ball recommends you go:
You see all the local artists. They’re doing their thing. They have musicians coming on and off the stage, just joining whatever song is going on at the moment. It’s a nice vibe. It’s just a lot of beautiful black people. It’s really community orientated. I feed people all the time, and I want to be fed. I’m an artist and I need that as well.
1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504.371.5849
They make ice cream this special way They put milk on this extra cold contraption and then whatever you want inside of it. It could be strawberries or chocolate. It could be gummy bears. Then they’re going to roll that ice cream up and make it right in front of your face and put whatever you want on top of it. It’s the shiznit.
2633 St. Claude Ave., 504.228.4149
They don’t have a huge menu, but everything they have is good and very authentic. I get the gumbo, because they have a really good roux. I like to get the barbecue shrimp or the shrimp and crawfish pasta with catfish. It’s right down the street from the house I used to live in, so I just love it being in the neighborhood. The vibe is kind of new, kind of trendy.
2438 St. Claude Ave., 504.827.1519
Who Dat Wings
I order a lot of chicken wings. This new place, they be rolling. They’re good, consistent and they’re not extremely expensive. I had one week where I ordered wings from a different place every day, and that’s what I came up with.
1611 Franklin Ave., 504. 354.8714
I rent mopeds here probably once every two months. It’s fun when my family is in town and I want to take my nephews and nieces on a little Segway or on the mopeds. Or when somebody is in town to interview me and they want to ride on a moped. It is so freeing. You feel like a tourist in your own city. People stare at you while you ride it and they say, wow, where’d you get that? The last time I did it was when we found out we were Grammy nominated. I rode through the streets saying, “I’m Grammy nominated, bi**h!”
518 Conti St., 504.517.2453
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