Local band Milonga certainly lives up to its name. Translating literally to mean “song and dance,” a milonga is an informal, traditional gathering involving live music and dancing. Milonga frontman Nicolas Vigil refers to a milonga as a “musical potluck.”
The band holds their namesake close by focusing on bringing the sounds of Latin culture to Spokane audiences. In addition to exploring a diverse variety of sounds – from flamenco to Afro-Cuban – band members also use music as an avenue to take a stand on current social issues they are passionate about.
In April, the band played at a fundraiser to help raise money for legal assistance for families that are being separated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We’re all Americans, we come from Latino families, we come from mixed families, we come from white families, we come from black families and Asian families, but we’re all Americans,” Vigil said. “We believe that family is kind of the building block of society and shouldn’t be separated.”
Vigil, who also plays guitar, accordion, and percussion, talked with The Spokesman-Review. Other members of the band include: George De La Rosa (hand percussion), Eddie Ramirez (bass and background vocalist), Chris Newbury (drums), Paul Flores (saxophone), Jesse Flanagan (trumpet), and Frazer Wambeke (keyboard). Answers have been edited for length.
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