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Tank and the Bangas can one-up an on-stage twerk contest, we learned at their Berkeley show on Friday

Friday’s Tank and the Banga’s show started with the audience chanting “Albert” to the band’s vivacious saxophone/flutist Albert Allenback. Of course, the ladies’ panda entrance invited more enthusiasm that hardly lulled throughout their hour-plus set.

The band definitely embraced being in Berkeley, because a couple members rocked t-shirts and hats from Berkeley’s famed dispensary CBCB (Cannibis Buyers’ Club of Berkeley). The Bangas played their new single “Spaceships” as well as a new, slower untitled song. The show sold out weeks ago, with the Bangas sharing the bill with Big Freedia, and Naughty Professor opening. Big Freedia, also from New Orleans, played before the Bangas. She brought up audience members for a twerk-off to her hit “Ass Everywhere”.

It’s a feat how the crowd danced for so many hours straight, but if anyone can follow a couple dozen booties and some accidental nudity, its Tank and the Bangas.

Anna covers shows in DC and San Francisco, and enjoys cartography and bicycling. More of her work can be found at www.annamcgarrigle.com.

Tank and the Bangas can one-up an on-stage twerk contest, we learned at their Berkeley show on Friday

Friday’s Tank and the Banga’s show started with the audience chanting “Albert” to the band’s vivacious saxophone/flutist Albert Allenback. Of course, the ladies’ panda entrance invited more enthusiasm that hardly lulled throughout their hour-plus set.

The band definitely embraced being in Berkeley, because a couple members rocked t-shirts and hats from Berkeley’s famed dispensary CBCB (Cannibis Buyers’ Club of Berkeley). The Bangas played their new single “Spaceships” as well as a new, slower untitled song. The show sold out weeks ago, with the Bangas sharing the bill with Big Freedia, and Naughty Professor opening. Big Freedia, also from New Orleans, played before the Bangas. She brought up audience members for a twerk-off to her hit “Ass Everywhere”.

It’s a feat how the crowd danced for so many hours straight, but if anyone can follow a couple dozen booties and some accidental nudity, its Tank and the Bangas.

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