Popscene + Rickshaw Stop co-present
ARI ABDUL & ISABEL LAROSA
GOD'S WATCHING TOUR
with Thomas LaRosa
8 pm doors
$22 adv $24 doors $72 limited VIP experience
Ari Abdul comes in with an emotion she wants the song to capture. Sometimes it's one word or a melody; other times, it's an atmospheric production. Music is like a second language to Abdul because growing up in Brooklyn, Abdul was surrounded by it. Her Ecuadorian mom listened to Latin albums, while her Costa Rican dad preferred classic rock. (He has some Palestinian lineage, which explains her last name.) Her older brothers, in contrast, were devotees of hip-hop and metal. Not surprisingly, today, Abdul lives and breathes music, as her social feeds -- abundant in lip syncs and footage from other (and mostly punk) bands' live shows -- will attest. "I am a total fan girl," admits Abdul, who'll embark on her first tour this Fall. "I would spend most of my life camping outside of venues if I could, trying to see my favorite artists."
I kinda hated singing when I was a kid, so it's a little odd that it's my whole life now. My dad brought me and my brother up playing music at local Annapolis jazz jams and open mic nights where my older brother played guitar and my dad played saxophone. Even though our Mom isn't a musician she raised us on a steady diet of classic rock and salsa, a true Cuban. I don't think any of our family members were shocked when we started to write our own material in elementary and middle school. To this day, we write everything in our bedroom; the middle school writing process still seems to be the best. Thomas and I started to drop some of these songs on iTunes as a duo called "LaRosa." We kept on that release path, which believe me was super cool in middle school. I was in high school for 6 months before covid hit and we were stuck in quarantine, where we decided to release music as individuals even though our process stayed the same.