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Collage of photos with Lisa Fischer sitting smiling in the light and Ranky Tanky smiling with their instruments on a porch. Photos by Djeneba Aduayom and Peter Frank Edwards.

Ranky Tanky with special guest Lisa Fischer

Ranky Tanky with special guest
Lisa Fischer

Thursday, September 29
7:30pm in Stewart Theatre
$35-$40 | $8 NC State Students | $15 Faculty/Staff
Pre-Show Talk at 6:30pm
in Talley Student Union, Room 3222

About the Event

Since appearing on our stage in October 2018, Ranky Tanky has gone on to win a Grammy for their inspired music – a mix of melodies carried down through generations in the Sea Islands of South Carolina with the band’s own original Gullah compositions. Ranky Tanky (a Gullah phrase for “get funky”) has delighted audiences on The Today Show, NPR’s Fresh Air, PBS Newshour and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Ranky Tanky (a Gullah phrase for “get funky”). These five lifelong friends from Charleston, South Carolina have established themselves as passionate global ambassadors for their local culture and community, helping to faithfully preserve the traditions originated by African Americans in the coastal South during slavery that are kept alive through the present day. 

This year, Ranky Tanky is teaming up with Lisa Fischer, a soulful songstress we’ve admired for years. Fischer spent four decades of featured background singing with icons like Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails. The 2013 Best Documentary Oscar winning film “Twenty Feet from Stardom” altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey, telling her story with clips of her legendary duets with Sting or with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter.” Lisa has an undeniable power to captivate audiences with her unique voice, reinventing classics with a sound that’s all her own.

Together, Lisa Fischer and Ranky Tanky celebrate American roots culture at its finest – creating music that heals and rocks the house!

Ranky Tanky is “soulful honey to the ears.”


Lisa Fischer in concert is addictive.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Pre-show Talk

Come out and meet these venerable artists at 6:30pm in Talley Student Union, Room 3222.

Now’s your chance to be “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” Learn about how Gullah culture inspires Ranky Tanky and how this collaboration with Lisa Fischer came to be.


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.