April 24, 2023

Photos: Tank and the Bangas, Sunami Force kicks off UHD Thursday Night Concert series

Two-time Grammy-nominated, New Orleans-based soul, funk, hip-hop band Tank and the Bangas dropped a joy bomb on Discovery Green to kick off the spring UHD Thursday Night Concerts.

Tarriona “Tank” Ball has a voice that reaches out and grabs an audience’s attention. She’s at once playful, confident and powerful. So, when she asked Discovery Green to jump up on stage and wiggle with her, the crowd was happy to jump up. From adults, to tots just barely able to walk, dancing ensued.

Opening for Tank and the Bangas was Houston’s own Sunami Force, a roots reggae band led by Rohan Whyte. The band set the tone for the evening with good vibes and grooves.

Thank you, Houston, for showing up and sharing the love. Please consider joining the community of donors who make joyful moments like these possible. The Discovery Green Conservancy’s spring fundraising campaign needs to raise $30,000 by the end of May. Donate now.

Take a look through the photos above for more. And make plans now for the rest of the UHD Thursday Night Concerts series for spring of 2023:

May 4

Kiko Villamizar

            From: Austin via Colombia and Miami

            Sounds like: A fusion of Afro-Colombian, Reggae and Latin world beat

The Tiarras

            From: Austin

            Sounds like: Rock, Latin, pop, soul reggae and blues


            From: Houston

            Sounds like: Electronic sound mixed with cumbia, reggaeton and plus perreo

May 11

Kam Franklin

            From: Houston

            Sounds like: RnB and pop

Micah Edwards

            From: Houston

            Sounds like: Neo soul, and jazz

May 18

Cha Wa

            From: New Orleans

            Sounds like: deep funk grooves and pure joy, a “portable Mardi Gras dance party

Mind Shrine

From: Houston

            Sounds like: Indie, soul psych

Thursday, May 25

Garrett T Capps

From: San Antonio

            Sounds like: country honky tonk rock

Ms Mack & The Daddies

From: Austin

            Sounds like: soul

June 1

Golden Dawn Arkestra

From: Austin

            Sounds like: soul, funk and psych rock to a world beat


From: Houston

            Sounds like: rock/pop, melodic, grungy and fun

Tank and the Bangas performs at Discovery Green during the UHD Thursday Night Concerts. Photo by Jamaal Ellis.