An Open Letter to the Minnesota Tango Community

The Tango Society of Minnesota (TSOM) as well as the greater MN scene of tango dancers is (are) a remarkable group. It has been an extreme pleasure to perform live tango music for their dances (milongas) over the past 8 years, first with Mandragora Tango and lately with my own ensemble: Rogue Tango. Thank you all for your tremendous support, your enthusiasm, and your friendship.

This note is to set the record straight as I’ve noticed lots of rumors flying about, saying I’m relocating and that Rogue Tango may be ending. I am a one-third partner in opening a new restaurant in Antigua, Guatemala. It is called Restaurant Angeline (we have a Facebook page) and the address is: segunda calle poniente #3, Antigua, Guatemala, Centro America. We are opening on May 16th, 2014. I’ll be departing Minneapolis on May 14. I do plan on being there for a few months, initially, to really get the business up and running smoothly. My partners, Alberto Blanco and Chi Ngo, are there and tirelessly working towards our opening. I’ll be running the music at Angeline. We will have tango, flamenco, and Latin jazz: music every night! Dancing too! Lots of Argentines and tango aficion in Antigua, Guatemala!

Rogue Tango will continue pretty much as they are now. Our masterful pianist, Jarrod Wendland, will be directing the ensemble. He’ll be using various lineups but the basic roster of artists includes: Jarrod, violinists Wendy Tangen Foster, Laura Harada, Sara Pajunen; bassists Rahn Yanes, Peter Susag, Greg Byers; guitarist Nick Haas, bandoneonist Bob Barnes. Greg may also play cello with Rogue. We may well use saxophone and other instruments from time to time. I fully intend to play with Rogue every chance I get. Rogue will continue playing Sundays at the Loring Pasta Bar (327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis MN).

As things stand now, I’m looking to return to Minneapolis sometime in August for 2-3 weeks. Again, please know how I cherish the friendships in the tango community and that I’m only looking to expand my outreach, not burn any bridges. My final shows with Rogue Tango (for now!) are May 4th and 11th. Mother’s Day we will start at 5 pm and finish at 7 45pm so please plan on coming a little earlier than usual. Thank you, everyone! Now, start thinking about a vacation get-away in Antigua! Scott Mateo Davies