Women’s History Month is a month commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American History.
This week, I’ve chosen to celebrate female music that graces my ears, uplifts my moods, gets me through situations and most of all makes me proud to be a women!
So let’s get into it!
My knees bumped against the edge of the stage as I stood front and center waiting patiently for Tank and the Bangas to grace the stage. As I waited, I enjoyed, clapped and sang along to the opening acts that came before them (@underdogcentral and @maggiekoerner)
Before the band got on stage, I had taken my bathroom breaks and re-filled my drinks so there was no excuse for me to leave my spot. (Determined much?!)
As I stood there with my feet planted, I looked to the right and saw that all the windows were fogged up as a result of how packed it was in the place.
I just knew it was going to be a good night :)
As the band got ready to come on stage, we saw them outside and began chanting for them, which got them GEEKED UP!
The tone was set.
We greeted them with yells, hand claps and smiles as they got on stage. As they began to play, we anticipated the big moment of Tarriona “Tank” Ball coming on stage.
The time felt like it crept by (it wasn’t a long time at all lol). She finally came through the door and danced her way on stage like only Tank can.
I was ready for this whole vibe they were about to give us all night…and boy, did they deliver.
Now, yes, I do social media marketing, so getting footage of the show is necessary, however, with the day an age we live in now, holding a phone the whole time can take away from the true experience.
I am really big on being present in the moment.
I like to look, connect with, and see the band through my own original lens, not the lens of a camera or phone.
This concert gave me everything and so much more. It wasn’t just a band singing, they provided us with an experience.
This experience could only be described as one of a kind. From the flutes, to the poetry, to the saxophones, to the dancing, to the lyrics, I could go on and on. Most of all, we all enjoyed ourselves because the band enjoyed performing and we felt that energy.
As we began to get towards the end of their set, I was already elated with joy, but the way my God works, He was like...”Nah, let me blow your mind.”
Tank called me up on stage to dance with her (PAUSEEEE FOR SUPER DRAMATIC EFFECT!). Yep, you read right. She called me and another girl that were in the front row to dance with her.
I said yes, like a 5 year old (smh), handed my phone to my friend that I enjoyed the concert with (Hey, Bianca!) and got on stage.
I GOT MY ENTIRE LIFE!! Here’s the entire video of us dancing. (Thanks for the footage, Corbin!)
Y’all, I was bursting like confetti after coming off the stage. What an experience.
Besides dancing on stage, the other favorite part of my night was conversing with the band after the show.
Cool, cool people. While we talked to them, we wished they had more time to explore our city but we learned how strenuous their tour/travel schedule is. It’s definitely something you have to love.
To Tank and The Bangas:
Thank you. Thank you for all the planes, trains, and buses it took you to get to us and everywhere you go. I know the wear and tear and distance from your family and friends is a sacrifice. We thank them for lending y’all to us and I wish you much success in the future.
Below, I will list more female artists that I listen to. Explore their music and enjoy!
P.s.: Leave me some female artists suggestions below! I love finding new music.
1: Tank and the bangas- youtu.be/QKzobTCIRDw
2: Lianna LaHavas - youtu.be/9HUV5a7MgS4
3: Kim Burrell - youtu.be/4QosUfAkzbI
4: Chloe and Halle - youtu.be/MFxqp_wOUx8
5: Lala Hathaway - youtu.be/ofP0qftqWvY