On Saturday, July 31, Emilio and Itati Flores hosted another of their extra special evenings at the Italian-American Social Hall at 25 Russia St. in San Francisco. The milonga was held in the grand and elegant second-floor ballroom of the Club. This high-ceilinged room boasts a large square floor, which can accommodate about 75 dancing couples easily. The large, beautiful wood floor is a dancer's dream - silky-smooth with an even surface allowing for quick movement and execution. Large tables on the periphery of the room provide comfortable seating with an excellent view of the entire room. A stage at the front and a commodious lounge/bar area in a separate back section lend a "nightclub" ambiance to this very lovely and friendly space.
Live music was admirably provided by Tango Tres from Los Angeles. Tango Tres is comprised of Pepe Motta (pere) on piano, Pablo Motta (fils) on double bass, and Jorge "Coco" Trivisonno on bandoneon. The Mottas have visited and played in San Francisco before, and they are favorites of many in the Bay Area. I first heard them in Los Angeles several years ago when I used to tango there. Coco, of course, is of Forever Tango fame and is currently residing in Los Angeles. Therefore, this wonderful trio is available for hire to the Bay Area (milonga hosts and organizers, take note; Pepe can be reached at 818-893-1294), and this one hopes they will play in the Bay Area often. Their repertoire is all-inclusive of everyone's favorite tango music with a very steady rhythm and lots of "punch". Thankfully, they do not incorporate any "jazzy" interludes, but keep it strictly tango, waltz or milonga, from the soul and soil of the tango's homeland. This trio was enjoyed tremendously by everyone.
The break music included wonderful tangos, of course, as well as a wide range of popular ballroom music and was DJ'd most ably by our own Emilio. The excellent sound system was set up and nursed by the intrepid Polo Talnir. Thanks so much to Emilio and Polo for a terrific job. The buffet was sumptuous and didn't last long! Good job by the IASH staff.
Approximately 150 people attended this semi-formal event, with the inclusion of a few "prodigals" who've not been seen lately and graced this event further, and pleased their friends, with their presence. These "returns" make our milongas extra special with a feeling of recovered friends and family. Thanks so much for coming; we missed you!
Everyone had an excellent time due to the efforts of Emilio and Itati, Polo, Tango Tres, and the IASH ballroom. By the way, Emilio and Itati hope to be able to host one of these special events every 2-3 months, so be alert for the next one and don't miss it!