The historic Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, NH is pleased to present Ranky Tanky, a unique voice in American music, Friday, August 3. Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20th, 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 positions on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. Afropop Worldwide described their album this way, “without a doubt one of the greatest gifts of the year, an incredible piece of work overflowing with authenticity.”
“Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” “Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” 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.
General Admission tickets for the 8 PM LIVE! at The Colonial performance are $33; Colonial, Catamount Arts and St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts, Gem Theater and Loading Dock members $25. Reserved Front & Centers seats (available on-line only) are $43. Tickets are available in advance while they last at Maia Papaya Cafe, Bethlehem, or Catamount Arts, St. Johnsbury or www.BethlehemColonial.org. The doors open at 7 PM withrefreshments including beer and wine on the patio. For more information about this or upcoming live events find The Colonial on Facebook (Facebook.com/BethlehemColonial), follow The Colonial on twitter (@ColonialNH), visit the Colonial on line or tune in North Country Community Radio, WZNC, broadcasting from atop the historic Colonial Theatre at 99.9 on the FM dial.