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When: Mon., Sept. 21, 11 p.m. 2015

Though he remains a dedicated and skilled exponent of traditional bachata—even as pop hybridizers like Romeo Santos and Prince Royce sell out stadiums—Dominican singer and guitarist Joan Soriano seems intent on sharing the spotlight. On his lovely new album Me Decidí (IASO) he again makes way for his siblings Fernando and Griselda Soriano—and this time he adds upcoming New York-based singer André Velóz to the fold (Joan sings lead on only five of the album’s 13 tracks). Still, his guiding spirit is omnipresent on the album, and the rapidly picked steel-string guitar lines and shuffling bongo and guira patterns give the fast-paced style a wonderfully percolating groove. The revolving cast of vocalists offers a satisfying variety, whether on tender ballads or early-R&B-inflected tracks (sung by Velóz, “Llanto a la Luna” is one of several tunes that reveals a doo-wop influence). For this evening’s performance he’ll play solo.

Peter Margasak

Price: $25

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