Help us Bring the Aces of Rhythm to Philly Tango Fest!

We want to make the 8th year of the Philly Tango Fest! really special and are looking to bring the best and most bailable (danceable) tango band in the country, the Aces of Rhythm, to play for two nights of our festival milongas. Coming off a huge success performing at Lincoln Center in July, the Aces of Rhythm is a Tango Sextet that pays tribute to the music and style of the legendary band leader Juan D’Arienzo.

D’Arienzo’s nickname was “The King of Rhythm” because of his unstoppable beat that created a revolution in Argentine Tango and propelled thousands of dancers to the dance floor. The sextet plays D’Arienzo’s arrangements, as transcribed from his original music, and recreates the contagious compás (beat/rhythm) of D'Arienzo's recordings. Check out the Aces of Rhythm playing D'Arienzo's arrangement of "Loca", and you'll be dancing around your living room:

After the 2017 Philly Tango Fest! (formerly known as the Philadelphia International Tango Festival), we solicited feedback from attendees. By far, the biggest request was for live music (11 out of 20 respondents asked us to include it in the 2018 festival). The costs of bringing live music are numerous: in addition to paying the individual musicians, we have to cover their travel, lodging, instrument rentals, sound engineer, sound equipment, and more. We are not able to bring that money in organically from milonga ticket sales and so we need your help! Raising $10,000 will cover most of the expenses of bringing the Aces of Rhythm to perform LIVE for dancing at two nights of the 2018 Philly Tango Fest. The rest of the expenses will be covered by milonga entrances.

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The musicians of the Aces of Rhythm are: Pablo Aslan (Bass), Emiliano Messiez (Piano), Javier Sanchez (Bandoneon), Shinjoo Cho (Bandoneon), Nick Danielson (Violin), Marija Kovacevic (Violin), and Pablo Pereyra (Vocals). These musicians represent some of the absolute best tango talent in the U.S. (and indeed, the world) today!

The Philadelphia Argentine Tango School has been promoting Argentine Tango, including offering classes & workshops, organizing tango events, and staging tango performances in Philadelphia for nearly a decade (we will celebrate our 10th birthday in February 2018!).

Some of our major accomplishments include:
* A performance at Independence Hall, shortly before Pope Francis spoke, during the World Meeting of Families (2015)
* A major event at the Swann Memorial Fountain to kick off a year-long celebration of the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (2017)
* A sold-out event at the Barnes Foundation, featuring live music, performances and a milonga (2017)
* Over 100 different tango performers (dancers & musicians) presented over the past 10 years
* Seven successful festivals to date, and looking forward to the 8th!

The Philadelphia Argentine Tango School is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non­profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Philadelphia Argentine Tango School must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only. Any contribution above the value of the goods and services received by the donor is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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AVAILABLE PERKS WITH YOUR DONATION

$25 - Signed Playbill
A Playbill, featuring bios and photos of the musicians of the Aces of Rhythm, signed by the members of the band.

$40 - Philly Tango Fest! Bottle Opener
Bottle Opener with the Philly Tango Fest! Logo

$60 - Christmas Cookies from Kiya
Perfect for your holiday party or to give as a gift, this perk is a 1-pound box of handmade gorgeous holiday cookies made by Chef Rukiya Jamison.

$80 - Aces of Rhythm T-Shirt
The super-stylish Aces of Rhythm Logo t-shirt, in your size.

$100 - Philly Tango Fest! Shoe Bag
A tango shoe bag with the Philly Tango Fest! logo

$200 - Philly Tango Fest! Water Bottle
Stainless steel water bottle with the Philly Tango Fest! logo

$300 - Tickets for 2! Astoria Tango Club featuring the Aces of Rhythm - Every Sunday in January 2018!
The Aces of Rhythm will be in residence at the Astoria Tango Club every Sunday of January 2018. Your donation puts you and a friend on the guest list each week for the whole month. Wow!

$500 - Dessert from Dancing Chef Desserts
Custom dessert made by Dancing Chef Desserts.

$600 - A Night in New York City: Lodging in Astoria and entrance to the Astoria Tango Club, featuring the Aces of Rhythm
Spend a superb night in Astoria, the hippest neighborhood in Queens! One night's lodging in your own apartment, plus entrance for two to the Astoria Tango Club, featuring live music by the Aces of Rhythm.

$1,000 - Dinner with the Aces of Rhythm
Enjoy a star-studded complimentary dinner with the band during the 2018 Philly Tango Fest!

$1,500 - Tango Photo Shoot
One-hour tango photo shoot with the official Philadelphia Argentine Tango School photographer, Helio Ha, including up to 25 digital images of your choosing.

$2,000 - Tango Party at the Studio
Party for you and up to 60 guests at the Philadelphia Argentine Tango School studio, including desserts, champagne, and a tango lesson.