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Ranky Tanky is a toe-tapping band of native South Carolinians who mix Gullah culture and Lowcountry traditions with large doses of jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B. They honor and celebrate the bone-deep mix of spirituals and gutbucket blues of the coastal mainland and Sea Islands—music made by a self-contained culture of descendants of enslaved Africans that introduced such indelible parts of the American songbook as “Kum Bah Yah” and “Michael Rowed the Boat Ashore.”


This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Photo: Peter Frank Edwards

Performances for Young People

Performances for Young People are weekday events for children and youth in grades K-12 (6 years and older). Admission to these performances is $2 per person. Performances last approximately one hour. For information, reservations, and tickets, please email PACoutreach @ uga.edu. Large school groups, please use the registration form here for reservations. Home school groups, please contact the box office directly at (706) 542-4400.

  • Performers

    Ranky Tanky

  • Supported by

    Sandra Strother Hudson and Cecil C. Hudson, M.D.

    Series Sponsors:
    AthFest Educates
    Pinnacle Bank
    The Performing Arts Center Arts Education Partners Fund