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March 30, 2007

5 Year Anniversary at the Loring Pasta Bar

This weekend will mark the 5th. Anniversary of MandrĂ¡gora Tango playing at the Loring Pasta Bar. This has been a fantastic half decade for us. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. We should all be proud that the Twin Cities has a strong enough tango scene to support a weekly live music milonga in addition to 3 or 4 milongas and practicas to recorded music. Not all cities our size can claim such a scene.

A little over 5 years ago, my previous band broke up and I decided that I wanted to start a band to play my favorite kind of music (tango). I was pretty sure it would be the kind of band that would play at coffee shops about 4 times a year. I didn't know anyone else who was passionate about tango music, so I tried to convert some folk musician friends of mine. I had no idea that anyone danced tango anymore. A friend of mine introduced me to Rebecca Abas of the Four Seasons' Dance Studio, who let us play for a few milongas. Back then, the original Loring Cafe was next door to the Four Seasons' where Lurcrat is now. Rebecca suggested to the Loring's owner, Jason McLean, that he hold a Tango night in his new restaurant, the Loring Pasta Bar (the LPB is his second restaurant, hence the giant metal "2" in the middle of the dance floor). I put together an evening's worth of tangos and started a Sunday evening tradition that is still going strong. Since then, we've played over 400 times, including 36 performances of Piazzolla's tango-opera "Maria de Buenos Aires". We've played with 7 different violinists, 4 bassists, 2 guitarists, 3 violists, 3 pianists, 1 percussionist and 2 accordionists. We've played over 180 different tangos. As far as I know, we have the longest running weekly live tango gig in North America.

¡Un gran abrazo a todos nuestros fans!


Posted by bbarnes at March 30, 2007 4:35 PM