Release Date: December 17, 2018
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, presents Ranky Tanky Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $36 Adult, $17 Students and go on sale Wednesday, December 19 at 10 a.m. online and 12 p.m. at the Center Box Office.
Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20, 2017. By December of that year, the group had 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.
This show will be in the cabaret format, with a capacity of 150 on the Mainstage.
Tickets: Center for the Arts Box Office (Tue-Fri 12 p.m.-6 p.m.) and ticketfly.com or by phone at (877) 987-6487. For more information call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.