November 9, 6 PM
Location: Payne Room
This event is free and open to the public
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Join us Thursday, November 9, at 6 pm, for a poetry reading and discussion with artist and slam poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. Ball will read from her debut book of poetry Vulnerable AF: Poems, accompanied by Norman Spence on keyboard and bass. After the performance, Ball will be in discussion with Njeri Jennings, Tisch Educator at the Tang.
This event is free and open to the public.
Ball is also the lead singer of Tank and the Bangas, who will perform at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on November 10.
Hailing from New Orleans, Tarriona “Tank” Ball is the frontwoman of the Grammy-nominated group Tank and The Bangas. The four-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles—fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-drove R&B, and subtle jazz—into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own. Tank is known for her amazing ability to write. Her first poetry book, “Vulnerable AF,” was published in 2021. Ball is also the host of the PBS series Ritual, which explores the history of meaning of rituals performed in the South. Tank and The Bangas released their newest album, “Red Balloon,” on Verve Forecast. Ball has collaborated with artists like Norah Jones, Lalah Hathaway, Robert Glasper, Moonchild, Brasstracks, and many more.