Bachata

Bachata morning, courtesy of Joan Soriano

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Surely when Joan Soriano left his Dominican fishing town for the bright lights of bachata central Villa Mella -- at 13! -- he couldn't have anticipated that a San Francisco culture writer's fireworks hangover would be alleviated by his NPR concert. There you have it, however. Let Soriano take away that Fifth of July (red, white, and) blues on the coattails of his jingling, mellow notes. Read more »