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Performers’ picks: Tarriona "Tank" Ball of Tank & the Bangas 

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Tarriona "Tank" Ball leads Tank & the Bangas, a band fusing spoken word, R&B, hip-hop and New Orleans funk. The group is excited about presenting a couple of new songs at Jazz Fest, and following the Essence Festival, it will go to London for three months. "We plan to make the biggest splash we can possibly make," Ball says. "We're going to hit all the poetry open mics there as well. That's how we made our name here in New Orleans."

  Here are some of the performances Ball is looking forward to hearing at Jazz Fest.

Sat April 25
Big Sam's Funky Nation
1:40 p.m.-2:35 p.m.
Acura Stage
"Big Sam puts on a show."

Sat April 25
John Legend
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Congo Square Stage
"What isn't there to like about John? Ever since [the song] 'Ordinary People,' I have been on his train. He consistently presents awesome music."

Fri May 1
The Honorable South
11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Gentilly Stage
"They rock out on their original songs."

Fri May 1
3:30 p.m.-4:40 p.m.
Congo Square Stage
"I am going to London, where she's from. Estelle is very clean and beautiful in her lyrics and tone of voice. I can hear her accent in the way she sings. I have met her at Essence, so I can't wait to see her."

Sat May 2
The Soul Rebels
1:25 p.m.-2:25 p.m.
Congo Square Stage
"They make me see that brass [band music] doesn't have to be just one thing. They do whatever they want with their instruments."


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