LITTLE HAVANA SOCIAL CLUB: JOAN SORIANOConcerts & Performances
Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts and the Koubek Center will present the South Florida premiere of Joan Soriano, the Duke of Bachata, offering up a roots evening of the beloved Dominican genre. The show continues MDC Live Arts’ new Little Havana Social Club, a dance party/concert series in the Koubek Center gardens, featuring flavorful live bands, pre-concert dance lessons, specialty cocktails, vendors and much more. The Dominican Republic’s Duke of Bachata brings old-school charm and modern sensibility to the genre, creating an irresistibly danceable sound that is as gritty as it is romantic. Soriano’s tender crooning evokes the countryside and sweeter times, but the nimble runs and articulate phrases on his steel-strong guitar give an urban, contemporary edge to his music. A practitioner of palo and gaga, he also blends Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata. Together with his family band, Soriano preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them. He is a rare combination of the new and the authentic. Doors open at 7 p.m. and dance lessons begin at 7:15. Tickets are $10; children under 12 free.