Joe Bataan

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Joe Bataan

"Afro-Filipino / Average sort of guy / That's what I am," crooned Joe Bataan on 1968's "Ordinary Guy," which served as a handy introduction to both his mixed ethnic background and his self-dubbed "salsoul" musical blend. The Spanish Harlem veteran plays two free outdoor gigs this week: July 31 in Staten Island with Boogaloo Assassins and DJ Turmix, and Aug 6 on the LES as part of the Mobile Mondays series.

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