MDC Live Arts Continues Little Havana Social Club with The Duke of Bachata

Published on : Wednesday, December 16, 2015

downloadMiami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts and the Koubek Center present the South Florida premiere of Joan Soriano, the Duke of Bachata, at 8 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 29 at the Koubek Center—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.

“Soriano’s music is gorgeous. He displays an emotionally powerful voice, versatility with bachata’s classic style of guitar playing, and compelling original compositions about love and loss,” said Dr. Deborah Pacini Hernandez, author of “Bachata: a social history of Dominican popular music.”

The concert will be preceded by a dance lesson, and followed by a DJ dance party, on an outdoor dance floor under the stars. Tickets are $10; Children 12 & under FREE; Rain or Shine!


”This group is just perfect for a community dance party under the Miami moonlight. We are excited to welcome all who like to indulge in social dance, and look forward to seeing Miami’s Dominican community out in full swing,” said MDC Live Arts Executive Director, Kathryn Garcia remarks


The Little Havana Social Club, in it’s very special home at the Koubek Center, is all about community and mingling—from the dance floor to the domino tables, listening lounge to the food trucks. Next in the series is Miami’s own Cuban salsa supergroup, TimbaLive, on March 18, 2016.


Source:-Miami Dade College

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