HENDERSON, Ky. -- A special performance by Ranky Tanky will be held at Central Park in downtown Henderson, Kentucky on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The show is free as part of the Henderson Area Arts Alliance's 25th anniversary season. The group will also be doing educational outreach with area students while in town.
Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut on Oct. 20, 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. The Henderson performance will be the band's first show in Kentucky.
The soulful songs of the Gullah culture are brought to life by this band of native South Carolinians who mix the low country traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk and R&B. The word "Gullah" comes from West Africa and means "a people blessed by God," and "Ranky Tanky" translates loosely as "Work It," or "Get Funky!"
No tickets are needed for this free performance, but patrons should bring a lawn chair or blanket.
For more information visit haaa.org or call the Box Office at 270-826-5916. The new box office is located within the Citi Center in downtown Henderson at 230 Second Street.
The show is sponsored by season presenting sponsor Owensboro Health, South Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.