Tickets will be available at the door. Doors and bar open at 6:45 p.m. Free bachata dance lesson from 6-7p.m. in the Thrasher annex
This engagement of Joan Soriano is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This event is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowmwent for the Arts, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.
Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. He is the star of Adam Taub’s, The Duke of Bachata, was featured in Alex Wolfe’s critically acclaimed documentary, Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation.
Bachata is essential to Dominican culture and draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. A practitioner of palo and gaga, Joan Soriano blends Afro-Dominican sacred traditions with bachata, imparting his music with down to earth spirit and danceability. Joan preserves bachata’s roots and expands on them. He is a rare combination of new and authentic.
Special events before the show:
7/8/17 - Bachata Party! 6-7 PM, concert to follow
Artist Joan Soriano will give a demonstration of the parts and rhythms that each instrument plays within different sections of a typical Bachata song. A Bachata dance lesson by instructor Luis Armacanqui will follow this demonstration. Participants of all levels welcome!