The tango scene in Tacoma isn’t big, but it’s definitely thriving. From the group that holds lessons and practicas at the Cultura Event Center in South Tacoma, as well as the annual August outdoor milonga on the Museum of Glass’ plaza, comes a milonga this Sunday with live music from the Tangoheart Quintet.
Founded in 1999 by Buenons Aires-trained bandoneon player Bertram Levy, the Tangoheart group is usually a sextet (bandoneon, piano, guitar, violin, cello and bass) which plays around the Northwest. This Sunday the quintet version will be bringing the old-world atmosphere of traditional Argentine tango to the Cultura Event Center, the former Station 56 on South Washington Street. A milonga is an evening of informal dance featuring tango, vals and milonga music; it’s a common social event in Buenos Aires and some North American cities (such as Houston) which have a strong tango community.
If you’ve never done tango, fear not: Tango in Tacoma will hold a free beginner lesson from 5-6 p.m., before the milonga, which runs from 6-9 p.m. June 1. Entry is $15; there’ll be fresh empanadas and a full bar. 5602 S. Washington St., Tacoma. 253-222-0105, tangointacoma.com