The Power of the Tango

In his book, Montauk Tango, Dr. Gross explains how his main characters, Tracy and Lewis, used the Tango to tear down walls and build bridges between Montauk locals and their family restaurant, The 668 Gig Shack. How could a silly dance have such impressive power?

The Tango is no silly dance. In fact, the dance has its own music genre—tango music is a genre.

Tango’s Origins

With inspiration from the Cuban habanera, Argentine milong and candobe, and African dance, the Tango is thought to have originated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the word “Tango” originated just before the turn of the 20th Century. Some historians believe that it was first practiced in Cuba and Spain years before. One variety of Tango, the flamenco, has roots from Europe’s minuet dances. The widespread popularity of the Tango comes from its fashionable Paris popularity in the early 20th Century. Continue reading

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The Perfect Setting: The 668 Gig Shack, Montauk, NY

In his book, Montauk Tango, Dr. Lewis Gross tells the powerful story of a family who owns and operates The 668 Gig Shack, a relaxing seafood restaurant in Montauk, NY. So just how great is this restaurant? Great enough for Dr. Gross to dedicate an entire book to it!

The 668 Gig Shack  serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to Sushi & Sake on Wednesdays and Fridays, and Tapas on Sundays and Tuesdays. The menu consists of seafood selections, as well as beef, pork, and chicken entrees. Whether you want a salad or a bison burger, The 668 Gig Shack can accommodate. Signature cocktails include Tiger Blood, Muddle Rebuttal, Cucumber or Jalapeno margaritas, and Bee’s Knees. Continue reading

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Montauk Tango Wins An Indie Excellence Book Award

Montauk Tango has taken home the prize for Best Book in the Men’s Issues category from the 2011 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. The book was selected as the winner of the category by a panel of experts in independent publishing, editing,  writing, book cover design, and copywriting.

Dr. Lewis Gross will be signing copies of Montauk Tango at Book Expo America on May 24th at New York City’s Javits Center from 4:00 – 5:00 PM, and will also be holding weekly tapas and book signing events on Saturday evenings at Montauk’s 668 The Gig Shack, as featured in Montauk Tango.

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Montauk Tango at The Edgar Awards

Dr. Lewis Gross was spotted at The 65th annual Edgar Awards Gala Banquet in New York City on April 28th, amid the company of some of the world’s top mystery writers.  SpineTingler Magazine online dubbed him, “one of the best dressed men” at the event (check out his cream straw fedora that won him such praise here.)

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BEA Book Expo at Javit’s Center

I will be signing books and reading on 5/24/11

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668 Gig shack opens 4/2/11 in Montauk

check new cocktail menu….the Montauk Mixologist will be shaking. Skylar and Chickie!!!!!

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Paris Tango Festival 4/12/11

I will be going to Paris next week to participate in The Color Of Paris, Tango Fesitval. It will be my first time performing at this event. If anyone has participated in the past or knows any good stories/milongas, let’s hear?

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