The NCMA and Cat’s Cradle present: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Tank and The Bangas with Sweet Crude
Join us for an epic triple bill bringing a stellar range of genre-bending sounds from New Orleans to the North Carolina Museum of Art. Coheadlined by Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Tank and The Bangas and opened by Sweet Crude, this show is sure to start our season off with all the good vibes we’ve been missing!
About the Bands
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
At a moment when musical streams are crossing with unprecedented frequency, it’s crucial to remember that throughout its history New Orleans has been the point at which sounds and cultures from around the world converge, mingle, and resurface, transformed by the Crescent City’s inimitable spirit and joie de vivre. Nowhere is that idea more vividly embodied than in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.
PHJB marches that tradition forward once again on So It Is, the septet’s second release featuring all-new original music. The album redefines what New Orleans music means today by tapping into a sonic continuum that stretches back to the city’s Afro-Cuban roots, through its common ancestry with the Afrobeat of Fela Kuti and the fire music of Pharoah Sanders and John Coltrane, and forward to cutting-edge artists with whom the PHJB have shared festival stages from Coachella to Newport, including legends like Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, and the Grateful Dead and modern giants like My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, and the Black Keys.
Tank and The Bangas
Tank and The Bangas are a beacon of life. And it’s that life that you hear in their music. That’s what makes this five piece one of the most thrilling, unpredictable, and sonically diverse bands on the planet—a unit where jazz meets hip-hop, soul meets rock, and funk is the beating heart of everything they do. Their new album Green Balloon is on the horizon, and it’s their first release on major label Verve Forecast, a deal that came after they won NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, beating out hundreds of other acts.
They went from playing to three or four people at a time to touring all over the world and getting to enjoy downtime at home in New Orleans. This led to the album-making process. “It’s like colors or something,” they say. “Everything we’re influenced by we don’t have a problem putting on a record because we don’t feel like we’re stuck in one lane . . . When we’re creating, we are creating. We never say: that sounded too bluesy, that sounded too country, that’s too hip-hop. It’s just that’s what this feels like, so let’s push that feeling to its completion, make it feel good.”
There are six musicians in the raucous pop ensemble Sweet Crude, but their ultimate goal is duality. The lyrics are bilingual, with French and English sometimes sharing space in one song. As a gang of bodies in motion onstage and with a clamor of percussion and shouts, Sweet Crude whips up the dance floor in contagious physical joy, but their tunes lend themselves as well to deep listening, revealing complex layers of both craft and content. Sweet Crude makes room for Afrobeat-inflected drums, marching-band parade honk and rumble, and a flirtation with Cajun tradition funneled through New Orleans bounce.
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Please note these updates for 2021: To better serve Museum members and fans, we doubled the number of reserved seats for each concert; all bench seating is now reserved seating, including some seats clearly marked as limited sight line. No outside food or beverage except for factory-sealed water bottles and empty bottles (no glass) will be permitted in the venue. Full concessions will be available.
Picnic in the Park
Catering Works is pleased to offer a variety of picnic baskets for weekends and for special events at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park. Baskets require 48–72 hours advance notice to fully accommodate your order.