Billboard chart-toppers Ranky Tanky to perform at Augusta University

Billboard chart-topping band Ranky Tanky will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta University.

This Charleston, South Carolina, quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. Gullah comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.”

“This concert will hit home for anyone who wants to feel inspired,” said Quentin Baxter, drummer and percussionist for the band.

“Our music is embedded in Christianity, but we aren’t gospel,” he added. “We want everyone to come out and enjoy one another’s company and coexist.”

Ranky Tanky translates loosely as “work it,” or “get funky.” From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

The band will also share rich traditions of the African American Gullah culture that helped shape American music during their master classes at 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Maxwell.

“Outreach is really important to us. We like to have face time with students and others who are interested in learning in our culture,” Baxter said.

Their debut album topped the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes charts. Their most recent album, “Good Time,” is available on all major music streaming platforms.

Kelly Thomas, the director of the Maxwell Theatre, is excited to bring this dynamic group to the Augusta community.

“Ranky Tanky’s first album went to the top of the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon charts. They have just released their latest album Good Times, and it’s already getting national attention,” he said.

“Ranky Tanky has a contemporary take on traditional Gullah music, so you will hear jazz, gospel, funk and R&B. While we hope guests will be able to join us at the afternoon sessions, they should make a point to be at the concert. You do not want to miss this group,” he added.

Admission is free for all AU and East Georgia State College students. The admission fee for all other attendees varies. The master classes are free and open to the public.

Reserve tickets for an evening with Ranky Tanky on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Ranky Tanky is presented by the Lyceum Series in coordination with the Department of Music and is included in the Wycliffe Gordon Jazz Series at AU.

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