Ranky Tanky

Underground Sound Series
October 5, 2019 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices
  • 7 Shows & 7 Drinks / $125
  • Single Ticket / $38
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“Get funky with Ranky Tanky at the Vilar’s Underground Sound series this weekend”

… read more at www.vaildaily.com

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and their album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, I-Tunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards. Now three years ago, in the South Carolina low-country, five longtime musician friends got together to explore the centuries-old sound of Gullah music – the artistic output of the tight-knit local community known for bolding celebrating and preserving their West African heritage through generations. In the short time since, Charleston’s Ranky Tanky have become Gullah music’s primary global ambassadors, bringing a sound described as “soulful honey to the ears” (NPR) to the top of the Billboard charts (classified as jazz although Gullah could easily fall within several genres), spreading their message via a Fresh Air interview with Terry Gross, a show-stopping performance on the TODAY show and a Central Park SummerStage performance.

This July the group released the new album, “Good Time,” which has received rave reviews including:

“Ranky Tanky sings old Gullah songs, some of them sly moral lessons, in arrangements that connect their beat to a New Orleans lilt.” – The New York Times

“In a league of its own…Ranky Tanky brings freshness and uplift to overlooked Americana.” – NPR, All Things Considered

“lively and relevant” – Downbeat

“enough to provoke swinging hips and nodding heads” – Paste 

You may love this show if you also like: Bumper Jacksons, Yellowjackets, The California Honeydrops, Jason Moran, Karl Denson, Railroad Earth, MarchFourth Marching Band, Dustbowl Revival, Trombone Shorty, Mavis Staples

Learn more at: www.rankytanky.com

Hear KZYR’s ‘Weez’ talk with Quiana Parler – lead vocalist of Ranky Tanky:

A special thank you to our Underground Sound lodging partner:



7 Shows & 7 Drinks $125

We’re once again featuring SEVEN diverse performances from across the musical spectrum in our FALL Underground Sound Series. Also known as the “Love for the Locals Series,” we feel nothing is better than sharing in the discovery (and re-discovery) of NEW sounds. Come have a drink and discover the music!  Pass Perks:

  • Transferable—share it among friends & family
  • General Admission to each performance
  • Your choice of ONE FREE beverage at the Pass Bar during each show
  • A SAVINGS of over $150!

FALL Underground Sound Lineup:

*Passes will be available for pick-up at the Box Office
*Single tickets do NOT include a beverage offering.



*Ticket prices subject to change

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