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Ranky Tanky [ARCHETYPES & TROUBADOURS SERIES]

“Ranky Tanky proved that exotic music can be both unfamiliar enough to be surprising, and yet familiar enough to provoke swinging hips and nodding heads. When it works, it’s the best of both worlds.” —Paste

OA Logo8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Ranky Tanky to the South on Main stage! This is the fourth and final show of their Archetypes & Troubadours Sub-Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsors Chris & Jo Harkins and J. Mark & Christy Davis, as well as their season sponsor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Additional season partners include Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Cypress Properties, Inc., UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, Margaret Ferguson Pope—Thank You Aunt Margaret!, EVO Business Environments, Jay Barth & Chuck Cliett, Stacy Hamilton of Desselle Real Estate, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Arkansas Arts Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, Rosen Music Company, and Steinway Piano Gallery Little Rock.

Tickets are $30 (General Admission), $38 (Reserved), and $40 (Premium Reserved) and are available via Metrotix.com or by calling (800) 293-5949. Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.


Ranky Tanky debuted their eponymous record on October 20, 2017. By December of that year, the group had been profiled on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and the album soared to the #1 position on the Billboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz Charts. For their sophomore album, Good Time, Ranky Tanky took home the 2020 GRAMMY for Best Regional Roots Album, a first for the band as well as for Gullah music.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates from Gullah loosely as “Work it,” or “Get funky!” In this spirit, the quintet from Charleston, South Carolina, performs timeless music of the Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston are fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Native to the region, Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, forming a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. After spending years apart and gaining a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have reunited, 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.