On February 16th, 2018, Jefferson Center hosts Joan Soriano, performing music from the Dominican Republic at 8pm, and the Latin music continues afterwards with Jefferson Center’s 15th Annual Latin Dance Party, featuring West End Mambo.
Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line and has never looked back. Soriano plays steel string bachata with equal parts romance and grit. Now, Soriano enjoys international acclaim for expanding on bachata’s roots, imparting the music with down to earth spirit and dance-ability. The Afro-infused rhythm that permeates his music has made him a favorite among dancers.
“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.” Dr. Deborah Pacini Hernandez, author, “Bachata: a social history of Dominican popular music.”
Immediately following the show, Salsa Noke kicks off a free Salsa dance workshop in Jefferson Center’s Fitzpatrick Hall, and at 9:30, the nine-piece latin and salsa band, West End Mambo takes the stage. With a repertoire that includes original arrangements they’ve performed with regional symphonies, the group offers a fiery mix of classic salsa from bolero and rumbas to guaracha and son montuno music. For fifteen years running, Jefferson Center’s Latin Dance Party has been Roanoke’s hottest night of the winter, celebrating diversity and community through joyful music.
Tickets for both events are available at jeffcenter.org or by calling the box office at 540 345 2550. 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. The 15th Annual Latin Dance Party is sponsored by Poarch Law.