Quartango headlines Tango fest

Three days of tango music as the fifth annual Tango Fest takes over Victoria.

Quartango is headlining the Victoria Tango Fest, taking place Aug. 10-12 at various locations.

The Passion For Tango Society is hosting the fifth Victoria Tango Festival, Aug. 10-12 at various locations around town.

The festivities kick off Friday with virtuoso violinist Pablo Diemecke’s Diemaler String Quartet giving a free noon-hour show in Centennial Square. The quartet will be giving another free show in the same venue Sunday from 1-6:30pm.

Friday evening catch Duo Tangabrazo (Seattle) playing their blend of tango-jazz with a dash of Latin, complete with bandoneonist at Hermann’ s Jazz Club (753 View). Don’t miss this show as live concerts featuring bandoneonists (the emblematic instrument of tango) are rare. Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm. $18.

Catch headliners Quartango (Montreal) Saturday at Alix Goodlen Hall (doors at 7:15pm, show at 8pm). Comprised of highly accomplished musicians, Quartango has performed all over the world bringing their musicality, elegance humour, and the tango to appreciative audiences.

The wrap up party features vocalist Anna Acevedo Lyman’s Quartet playing Brazilian/Latin groove featuring pianist Carlos Cardenas, Sun., Aug. 12 at Hermann’s Jazz Club (8pm, $12).

The festival also features music workshops and dance classes. For more information, visit passion4tango.com. M

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