Mandrágora Tango: Nostalgic tango that stirs the soul and moves the feet

Mandrágora Tango is a tango band headed by bandoneonist Bob Barnes and guitarist Scott Mateo Davies, 2 Minneapolis-based musicians who are wildly passionate about tango. We have been playing tango for dancing and listening since 2001 and we are still going strong. We've played in over 40 cities all over the United States.

Tango music defies categorization, living somewhere between classical, jazz and world beat. We invite you to explore our site and discover some of the joys of tango for yourself.

Welcome to our website. ¡Bienvenidos a todos!


Photo: Mike Gitler

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Latest News and Anouncements

Chicago & Madison Mini-Tour for Barrio Longfellow

Posted on April 3, 2013 by Bob Barnes

We are taking it on the road again for the first time in over a year, but what a year it has been! We recorded and released "Barrio Longfellow" and now we're going to share it in Chicago and Madison. This project is our collaboration with Hip-hop producer "Bionik". The results are pretty amazing and very danceable! For this tour we will be playing 90% traditional tango music (DiSarli, Canaro, Troilo) but we'll spice things up with a few Nuevo/Alt/Electro-Tangos from our new album. CDs, download cards, and shoe bags will be available for purchase. This tour features Bob Barnes on bandoneon,Matt Miller on bass. Heather Yonker of Madison will join us on piano for a few tunes. Madison: Saturday April 27, 7-11PM Hosted by Joe Yang at the Cardinal Bar, 418 E. Wilson (map)

The Friday 4/26 milonga at Art Tango in Chicago was canceled by the venue. We apologize for the confusion.

PS: We've just joined SoundCloud.com where you can hear a few tracks off of the new album


Tango Inaugural Ball

Posted on January 1, 2013 by Bob Barnes


Sorry! Due to unforseen circumstances, we had to cancel the Inaugural Ball we had planned. Perhaps again in 2017?


Barrio Longfellow CD Release Party, Nov 9 at 4 Season's Dance Studio in Minneapolis

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Bob Barnes

Mandrágora Tango will be throwing a big CD release party for "Barrio Longfellow" on November 9 at the Four Seasons Dance Studio in Minneapolis. This is our first CD entirely of alternative and electronic tango. Bob and Mateo will perform the tracks on bandoneon and guitar while Producer Stefon 'BIONIK' Taylor provides the grooves. DJ Paul Lohman will spin traditional tango favorites, leaning towards more progressive tracks. There will be many surprises and special guests! Doors open at 9PM with the performance at 11. Admission is $20 and will include a free, signed CD! ($15 without the CD) The door to the Four Seasons is through the alley next to Cafe Lurcat (directions)


Our New Album "Barrio Longfellow" is Almost Ready!

Posted on August 17, 2012 by Bob Barnes

Mandragora Tango and Hip-hop Producer BIONIK have been collaborating for the past year to put together a new album of unbridled awesomeness. The title comes from the fact that all of us live within 10 blocks of each other in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis . The album is a mix of acoustic tango with BIONIK's unique beats, creating a danceable hybrid. Here are 3 sample tracks to create some buzz:

(Download a ZIP file of these 3 songs)

Mandragora Tango would like to thank executive producers Jennifer Kozar and Janusz Godyn, without whom this project would not have been possible!

  • Fun fact #1: BIONIK is Mateo's son-in-law.
  • Fun fact #2: Robert "Fish" Jones was a Mpls fishmonger with a flair for marketing. He created as Zoo called Longfellow Gardens where Hiawatha Falls Park now stands. The album art is a picture of Jones and his favorite anteater.
  • Fun fact #3: Jones convinced the city to name our neighborhood after the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow never visited our hood.



10 Years of Live Tango at the Loring Pasta Bar

Posted on April 29, 2012 by Bob Barnes

It's hard to believe there was ever a time without live tango music at the Loring Pasta Bar! It's been 10 years since those dark, dark days! On April 29th, we will celebrate 10 years of live tango music. and at least 500 performances by Mandragora.

April 29th. will also be the debut of Mandragora's new sextet formation: 2 violins, piano, bass, guitar and bandoneon! 'Sexteto Tipico Mandragora' will be dedicated to playing arrangements and transcriptions of golden age tangos. The sextet will play several times a year for special events, concerts and festivals. Come out and dance to the Mandragora beat you know and love fortified with strings and piano!


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