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  • June, 21 2012: R Bar, NYC
  • June, 9 2012: Boston Pride, Boston, MA
  • December 12, 2011: Mercury Lounge, NYC
  • September 12, 2011: Southpaw, Brooklyn, NY
  • June 19, 2011: Seventh Heaven Streetfest, Brooklyn, NY
  • June 18, 2011: Rhode Island Pridefest, Providence, RI
  • June 17, 2011: Proud Music, Fat Babys, New York, NY
  • June 11, 2011: Milwaukee Pridefest, Milwaukee, WI
  • June 7, 2011: PCCHF Benefit, Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY
  • May 23, 2011: OUTMusic Awards, Irving Plaza New York, NY
  • May 15, 2011: Crash Mansion, New York, NY
  • April 6, 2011: WERS 88.9, Boston, MA
  • March 23, 2011: All Night with Joey Reynolds, New York, NY
  • March 13, 2011: LGBT Video Expo, Jacob J. Javis Convention Center, New York, NY
  • March 9, 2011: OUTQ Sirius XM Radio with Larry Flick, New York, NY
  • March 6, 2011: Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY
  • December 19, 2010: Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
  • October 29, 2010:  Arlene’s Grocery, New York, NY
  • September 22, 2010 :: Galapagos Art Space :: Brooklyn, NY
  • July 17, 2010 :: San Diego Pride :: San Diego, CA
  • June 21, 2010 :: MakeMusicNY Festival :: New York, NY
  • June 19, 2010 :: Baltimore Pride :: Baltimore, MD
  • June 13, 2010 :: Power of Pride :: New York, NY
  • June 12, 2010 :: Brooklyn Pride :: Brooklyn, NY
  • June 6 , 2010 :: Queens Pride :: Queens, NY
  • May 23, 2010 :: Rockwood Music Hall :: Brooklyn, NY
  • March 15, 2010 :: The Bell House :: Brooklyn, NY
  • February 14, 2010 :: Sidewalk Cafe :: New York, NY
  • February 14, 2010 :: Rockwood Music Hall :: New York, NY
  • November 20, 2009 :: Bar 4 :: Brooklyn, NY
  • October 16, 2009 :: Bar 4 :: Brooklyn, NY
  • September 26, 2009 :: Virginia Pride :: Richmond, VA
  • July 31, 2009 :: Bowery Poetry Club :: New York, NY
  • July 18, 2009 :: Rockwood Music Hall :: New York, NY
  • July 4, 2009 :: Evolve Nightclub :: New York, NY
  • June 27, 2009 :: Nokia Theatre – OUTmusic’s STONEWALL: 40th Anniversary
  • Commemorative Concert :: New York, NY
  • June 21 , 2009 :: : Make Music New York Festival :: Brooklyn, NY
  • June 20, 2009 :: Rhode Island Pride :: Providence, RI
  • June 13 , 2009 :: : Boston Pride :: Boston, MA
  • June 2, 2009 :: Trashbar :: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • April 24 , 2009 :: : Public Assembly :: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
  • February 14, 2009 :: The Delancey :: New York, NY
  • January 15, 2009 :: XES LOUNGE – GMHC Food Drive :: New York, NY
  • December 15, 2008 :: Puppet’s Jazz Bar :: Brooklyn, NY
  • November 15, 2008 :: The Gay Life Expo – Jacob Javits Center :: New York, NY
  • November 3, 2008 :: Out Music – The Center :: New York, NY
  • September 13, 2008 :: The Knitting Factory :: New York, NY
  • June 21, 2008 :: Rhode Island Pridefest :: Providence, RI
  • June 19, 2008 :: Arlene’s Grocery :: New York, NY
  • March 6, 2008 :: Rockwood Music Hall :: New York, NY
  • December 2, 2007 :: Rockwood Music Hall :: New York, NY
  • October 4, 2007 :: Arlene’s Grocery :: New York, NY
  • August 29, 2007 :: Crash Mansion :: New York, NY
  • December 14, 2006 :: Arlene’s Grocery :: New York, NY
  • September 22, 2006 :: M.E.A.N.Y. Festival 2006 :: CBGB’s :: New York, NY
  • August 22, 2006 :: The Saint :: Asbury Park, NJ
  • August 3, 2006 :: Don Hill’s :: New York, NY
  • July 19, 2006 :: Circuit Nightclub :: Chicago, IL
  • June 15, 2006 :: Funhouse :: Bethlehem, PA
  • June 4, 2006 :: Festival Grounds :: Asbury Park, NJ
  • April 19, 2006 :: Pyramid Club :: New York, NY
  • March 18, 2006 :: Southpaw :: Brooklyn, NY
  • February 27, 2006 :: The Continental (electric show) :: New York, NY
  • February 19, 2006 :: The Living Room (acoustic show) :: New York, NY
  • December 2, 2005 :: Southpaw :: Brooklyn, NY
  • October 14, 2005 :: M.E.A.N.Y. Festival 2005 :: CB’s Gallery :: New York, NY
  • August 25, 2005 :: Southpaw :: Brooklyn, NY
  • May 1, 2005 :: The Continental :: New York, NY
  • April 14, 2005 :: Jagermusic.com Band Search :: Blaggards :: New York, NY
  • April 9, 2005 :: “a semi-acoustic thing” :: Kenny’s Castaways :: New York, NY
  • March 8, 2005 :: The Continental :: New York, NY
  • January 29, 2005 :: The Hook :: Brooklyn, NY

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Pretty in Pink  (PRESS)

All These Brilliant Things (PRESS)

Frolic & F*** (PRESS)

All I Wanted (PRESS)

Postcards From Machine (PRESS)

Podcasts (PRESS)

Interviews (PRESS)…

Updates

8/28/2012

Featured article in FourCulture Magazine August 2012 Four Culture

4/30/2012
Ariel’s video for “Flowers” debuts on Pop Culture Madness
11/8/2011
Ariel asked to perform at the Brooklyn Museums Hide/Seek exhibition for Saturday, Jan 7, 2012
10/13/2011
Official Release of “Tattered Heart” Video.
9/9/2011
The Morton Report – Ariel Aparicio for Green Chimneys
8/22/2011
“She Can Show Us” is #2 on the Cashbox countdown, 15 weeks on the chart so far!
7/15/2011
6/9/2011
Ariel on Soundtrack of my Day – read it HERE
6/6/2011
Ariel’s 2007 song “I’m The One” is now benefiting PCCHF – get your copy HERE
5/23/2011
Ariel Wins OUTMusic Award for Outstanding Rock Song of the Year
5/4/2011
5/1/2011
She Can Show Us is officially viral on YouTube with over 15,000 views.
4/28/2011
After 5 weeks off the countdown, People Who Died  (which spent 19 weeks on the countdown before) comes in at #10 on Logo TV’s Click List.
4/27/2011
She Can Show Us premieres on Logo TV’s NewNowNext.
3/10/2011
Sorry is the Songshooter Song of the Day – getting over 17,000 downloads.
3/9/2011
AERIALS is featured on the iTunes Latino “New and Noteworthy” page
3/8/2011
Ariel’s Album AERIALS is Released and is available digitally worldwide - get your COPY!
She Can Show Us is the Songshooter Song of the Day – garnering 15,000 downloads
3/6/2011
Ariel performs at his Record Release Party (Littlefield, Brooklyn) – read a review HERE
3/3/2011
She Can Show Us debuts on MSN – getting over 20,000 views!
3/4/2011
The Advocate includes AERIALS on its Hot 10 of the Week at #7
2/13/2011
“People Who Died” debuts on 101.9 RXP (New York) – on DJ Rich Russo’s show “Anything Anything”
2/4/2011
“Tattered Heart” – the second track from Aerials is a free download via the NPR Alt/Latino Blog
1/14/2011
“Love Left  Bleeding”, the first single from Aerials, beings streaming on Skope Magazine

Press

Skope Magazine

Everything But Urban

YellowDust

Music News Nashville

Pride Showcase

Under the Pink Carpet (Proud Music)

The Houston Chronicle

Erie Gay News

Rock Torch

The Morton Report

Out Smart Magazine

Dallas Voice

Gayzette

Skope Magazine

Music News Nashville

Bay Area Reporter

The Fab Femme

Wisconsin Gazette

Indie Social

Sun Herald

Windy City Times

WERS 88.9 FM Boston

Gay Chicago

Campus Circle

In Tune Daily News

The Advocate

Sun Herald

BeaconPass

NPR Alt/Latino Blog

The Gay People’s Chronicle (Review of Aerials)

MTV Iggy

Chicks with Guitars

PensEyeView

Anti-Music

Aerials Official Press Release

Green Chimneys Daily Reminder

Wisconsin Gazette

TimeOutNY

My So-Called Gay Life

The Miami Herald

Raised on Indie

Vents Magazine

The Fab Femme Interview

Rage Monthly Interview

Muzik Reviews

Baltimore City Paper

Edge Provincetown Interview

Baltimore Out Loud

Ambiente March ’09 “Rock and Roll Issue” Cover Story Feature

PodCasts:

NPR Alt/Latino Blog

Talking About

OUTCast Austin

Lunch of Champions

Other

the bEdRoom tapeS  (PRESS)

Pretty in Pink  (PRESS)

All These Brilliant Things (PRESS)

Frolic & F*** (PRESS)

All I Wanted (PRESS)

Postcards From Machine (PRESS)

Podcasts (PRESS)

Interviews (PRESS)…

Show Reviews

Galapagos Review:

Ariel,

Thanks for a most unusual affair in many aspects. Always a different approach, and each time you gain greater & greater command of the stage, excellent presence. TONIGHTS THE NIGHT (it’s gonna be alright) was one heckuva a sleek opener and appropriately set the stage for what was to come that evening. the best part of this opener is that im saying to myself, i know this song but your genius approach guised it well until the obvious chorus, man that was so nice. imho, this wasn’t a Hired Guns show, oh no, it was Ariel and the (sometimes really hard rockin’) Lounge Lizards interspersed with classic and spot on Latin Vegas Mosaique Extravaganza. I gotta tell you, watching you perform with Steve is like musical osmosis. The fun part of this is the journey of how & where you two will end up next. Hearing I’m The One live again was really cool cause my goodness what a effing great ditty, total hypnotic on all levels. The Axl dedication was awesome and man that song that I cannot remember the name to from Life & Times that I never really liked on the CD had a new life completely on its’ own viva La Tom Jones Goes Latino – classic. That grand piano addition was another turn, quite fitting for the venue. The last few tunes, the overall ensemble was really starting to gel. Lucille was nice to hear and is really such a friggin awesome energizer, im sure it will continue to develop for stage. By the close of Pretty In Pink, the entire band was in that floating space, wondrous and glowing. It felt like the seeds of life had been sewn.

Very Pleasant Journey, Thank You.
All the best, Max

Brooklyn Pride Review:

Brooklyn Pride (Brooklyn, New York)
Event Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Event Recap by: Jenn E.

Brooklyn Pride was my first experience seeing Ariel Aparicio perform live. Having trained into the city from Washington DC earlier in the day – I was feeling slightly tired and was hoping for a pick-me-up to get me feeling energetic and joyful.

I got more!

My happiest moment came before the concert – when I was finally able to meet Ariel after months of listening to his music and admiring him. What a kind, graceful human being. (For more on our meeting, look for the newsletter releasing July 1).

I sat down in the grass surrounding the stage at Prospect Park and made myself comfortable. The crowd was scattered about in different places – many attempting to find cooler shade to hide from the intense heat that devoured the fresh outdoor air.

Once Ariel’s set started – I forgot about the heat and the exhaustion from traveling earlier that morning – and I became overwhelmed with what I cannot describe in any other way except to use the word “joy”. Ariel’s presence on stage from the beginning of his set was electrifying – he loves what he does. There is no doubt. He is comfortable and confident. He began by singing the lyrics from the soundtrack Free to be You and Me that go ”when I grow up I’m gonna be somebody special – somebody special is what I’m gonna be – when I grow up I’m gonna be somebody special – I’ll be me.” It was the perfect start to a set that showed so much personality and originality. Even Ariel’s cover of Madonna’s “American Life” (you can see that video from Brooklyn Pride HERE ) felt new to me – a different creation from the original – re-invented with his smooth, intoxicating voice.

His newest single “Lucille” was something I had looked forward to seeing live and I loved it – especially with an appearance by Khalid Rivera – featured in the song itself and also in the video. Ariel was joined in the audience by his husband and his son – when he sang “Hang Around” (written around the time his son was born) – he pointed out his little boy to the crowd – so beautiful to see how much he adores his son and family.

Each song was proud – each one of his creations was alive and it grabbed the attention of the crowd. I could see faces moving, people drawing closer to the stage – because he has that charisma. I loved every song – it made me feel hopeful that in a time where music had seemed to be to be lost a movement of over-production and lyrics that lack substance – I felt raw, amazing talent shining through the whole set.

Brooklyn Pride was a true win – for Ariel and his band, the fans, and especially for me – my first live experience was unforgettable – and the trip from D.C. to see him was completely worth it!

Pride Benefit Review:

June 13, 2010
with GSX, Athena Reich, Josh Zuckerman
Pier 66, New York City
By Deb Draisan:

June has been an absolute sunburst of activity this year, so it was no surprise that The Power of Pride celebration was scheduled for the same exact date as the Puerto Rican Day Parade. The good news is that the parade was not in full force yet as I headed in, so I didn’t have to head over to Pier 66 via the Bronx (Giuliani’s overenthusiastic embracing of sidewalk barricades hasn’t yet subsided,) but the bad news was that our potential audience would be otherwise engaged.

Also, as is the norm for late spring and early summer in New York, the constant humidity had brought in the rain clouds. Luckily for us, the pier is completely roofed in and also serves delectable treats, thus extending our outreach capabilities.

Athena Reich was lovely and GSX was mind-blowing (I’m a complete sucker for chicks who can wail on guitar.) Ariel’s set was right in between the two, and the street team was hoping to capitalize on their enthusiasm. At the end of the day, we wound up with about ten new signatures and had completely run out of download cards, so we were pretty happy.

Ariel’s set was show-stopping. When Khalid Rivera was brought onstage to accompany Ariel for “Lucille,” even the event photographer was beside herself (she had to have snapped a hundred photos.) Ariel, who had been crooning prettily in a conservative suit jacket, stripped down to a tee shirt honoring Hole’s new single, “Skinny Little Bitch,” and the priorly subdued (yet appreciative) crowd was on its feet. When Lucille comes to town, you’d better watch your toes underneath her heels! She’s currently rocketing to number one on “The Click List” (don’t forget to vote, Kiddies!)

There were dedications and tears. The band played aptly surrounded by palm fronds and tropical fruit as a sendup to Ariel’s Cuban roots. The family was at home waiting for him, as was mine, so I had to rush off right after he completed his interview, but he was so appreciative and lovely. Honestly one of the most genuine artists I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

 

Arlene’s Grocery: Review”

October 29, 2010

with Athena Reich and Josh Zuckerman

Arlene’s Grocery, New York, NY

By Jenn E. and Robin Brass

(Jenn E.)

It was my fourth time actually seeing Ariel perform.  Holding back any excitement I had became very difficult—the past three times I had seen Ariel sing live I came out believing more in music than I had before—I expected the same result.

I wasn’t so sure he could ever top himself again, and again … and again.

I was wrong.

Arlene’s Grocery (Friday, October 29, 2010).

The beautiful, amazing Athena Reich took the stage first (powerful vocals, amazing on piano, brilliant lyrics), followed by the ever-so-rocking Josh Zuckerman who, despite having a band on stage, made it all his own.

The moment that Ariel took the stage (beginning with “Waiting for the Man”) – time seemed to stop.  I sat right next to the stage and watched (and sang) – but became hopelessly, deliriously, mesmerized.

How does he manage to take someone from being socially talkative and mingling around the room—into in her own world, forgetting, becoming the music (each and every time) … it is stunning.  His performances continue to provide a powerful aphrodisiac—in simple terms—he is euphoric.

His ability to work the microphone, to rip through chords on his guitar while delivering spot- on, gorgeous vocals and lyrics … it’s enough to drive any music loving fanatic insanely, joyously crazy (during one of his songs he took off his jacket—and threw it over, my immediate mindset went into “groupie” mode—I wanted to jump up and down, he had me wrapped around his finger—it was no longer Arlene’s Grocery—it was, quite simply, Ariel’s World.)

“Lucille” this time around was specifically fantastic…and knowing the words, having been a fan of the song since the beginning, he gave it a new meaning in that one performance. Although the crowd was mellow—I could not contain what his music was meaning to me on that night. It was becoming more. It was a brilliant performance and being so up close—seeing the passion on his face and how much he was into the melodies and the lyrics— THAT is music. THAT is talent.

His Mama had come up from Miami and was present at the show (her first time seeing him perform in years) – and even in watching her, so proud of him (finding comfort and pride in his delivery of “Mi Corazon”, a song written for her) – it was such an amazing experience to be a part of.

Even in a quaint little venue in East Manhattan—to me, it became Madison Square Garden—witnessing someone take their talent and share it—the way he GENIUNELY shares it—and to feel compelled to just sit, stare, enjoy, and rebirth my own feelings of what music really should be—Ariel brings it everywhere, EVERYTIME. He is a true rock star.

In the four times I’ve seen him perform he has kicked it up a notch—each time he has grown, he has put something different into it—he has surprised me .

He has mesmerized.

Ariel—you are amazing. Each time I see you— you move me—you truly have my musical heart.

Arlene’s Grocery—I will never forget it.

(Robin Brass)

I attended Ariel’s show at Arlene’s Grocery this past Friday night (also supported by the equally talented Athena Reich & Josh Zuckerman). Last time I saw Ariel & the Hired guns was a year ago in a small bar in Brooklyn. And though of course that gig was great it was more ‘coffee house’ than rock n roll. But given a larger venue, larger stage with proper lighting & sound system and this show was alive! Playing a large portion of songs off “All these Brilliant Things” (including my personal favorite “Jameson & cocaine”) plus “Pretty in Pink”, “Lucille” & and the most recent “People who died” (which you know makes Jim Carroll smile from Heaven). All Logo TV video darlings.
Can you pin point Ariel’s music to one genre? I don’t think so, there is so much influence from all the music that influenced him..rock, punk, salsa..
A little Bowie, a little Iggy, a little Hector Levoe and maybe a smidgen of Liza lol
But yea yea yea..yada yada… we all listen to his music, we all love it and think he’s a tremendous talent. But let’s talk about the man-He shines. When he’s performing, when he’s just talking to you or walking down the street.  The man just shines. What I think I admire most about Ariel besides being a talented musician & song writer is how he balances the things he loves-his music and his other passion-his family. As much pride as he takes in his music career he also takes in his personal life, his Husband Andrew & his beautiful son Axl. In this day & age to find someone as loving and committed to his family, gay or straight is a rarity. AND running 3 successful restaurants. It all balances, like fung shui or ying/yang or something. I’m sure it’s not easy but he makes it all work.
So I think a measure of success is not always how popular you are or how much money you’re worth, though those are always nice but how rich you are in your personal life. So that makes Ariel as rich as a Paris Hilton (and he’s way prettier than her).
OH and his hair….looked fabulous!

Love RAINN on ME (Sunday, May 15, 2011)

Rose Spotts

Baby, You Could Never Look Me In the Eye…It has been more than fifteen maybe even twenty years since I sang anything for real like w/ a band, infront of people, that sort of thing. For a few months Ariel Aparicio and I had been toying back and forthwith the idea of covering PJ Harvey’s song Legs. Finally w/ the upcoming Love RAINN On Me benefitconcert we decided it would be a great time to do it. I had myself so psyched that I started practicing onmy own right away. We decided to cover that song as well as duet w/ Stevie Nicks’ song Stop Draggin’My Heart Around, remember that one? The one with Tom Petty? Yeah, guess who got to sing Tom’sparts? That’s right, me. Ariel was Stevie and quite a lovely Stevie at that. He and his band made me feellike I knew what I was doing (which in all honesty, I can’t believe I even seemed like I did) and I was verycomfortable rehearsing with them. I was so comfortable with them that I wasn’t even overly nervouswhen the big night came and I got to go up and sing w/ them onstage. It was so much fun and it felt sogood up there. Ariel mad it fun because he really didn’t make me feel like I had no talent or I’d neverdone this (after twenty years, well you might as well not have ever sung in your life). He made me feelso comfortable up there that I want to do it some more. Maybe I can find some voice lessons somewhere and make it so I am actually fun to listen to as well. It was so much fun and the highlight of mynight at the benefit. Afterward a few people told me that Stop Draggin’ was the best song of the night. Idon’t know if that is true or not, but for me it was definitely one of the best things I had the opportunityto do in a long time, thanks to Ariel.

Videos

Flowers

Tattered Heart

She Can Show Us

Jameson & Cocaine

Life and Times

Lucille feat. Khalid Rivera

People Who Died

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink (House Remix)

Punk Rock Girl

The New World (Live)

LIVE VIDEOS

Love Left Bleeding – LIVE

She Can Show Us – LIVE

TATTERED HEART LIVE

American Life (Cover)

This was shot at Brooklyn’s Pride 6/12/2010

Pretty in Pink – LIVE

Lyrics

 

Lucille

People Who Died

Torito

The Future


Life and Times

Heaven

The New World

Im The One

Marching Like Fools

Jameson and Cocaine

Bones

Hang Around

Mr High and Mighty

Shayla


Punk Rock Girl

All My Life

Blue

Get Happy

The Pill

Brenda Lee

Unsatisfied

Hail to the Loser

Angels

All I Wanted

Dreamer


AERIALS Lyrics Booklet

OUTMusic Awards 2010

I was truly quite surprised.

The day and evening was already a bit disappointing because my husband and our son were both home sick… So that left me dateless. I BEGGED on Twitter!!! LOL

 

First half of the evening was full of wonderful and moving performances, but I was starting to fade (remember, I’m old!!). Fortunately, Outstanding Rock Song of the Year (my category) was first. There was a bit of a technical glitch so after they named the nominees, they started to play my track but the presenter wasn’t even on stage. I guess I had won but I wasn’t sure… No one called my name yet… Finally, the lovely & talented Ms Lori Michaels came on stage and called my name. Wow, I really won. Seriously, I was thrilled. At that moment the only thing I thought about though was that my husband wasn’t there.

My acceptance speak was quite short (yes, I did think if one… just in case…)

 

” Jim Carroll wrote this song over 30 years ago. It still resonates today. I hope we did it justice.

I just want to thank my guitar player and co-producer on the track, Steve Dawson. We recorded it, beginning to end, in about 4 hrs…

 

I LOVE my husband.

I LOVE our son.

I LOVE my life.

Thank You OutMusic.”

 

The rest of the night was a blur… ;)

 …

AERIALS: Record Update

It’s been an AMAZING launch for the new record thusfar….

Incredible reviews; over 30,000 downloads of “She Can Show Us” and “Sorry” on Songshooter (they were free, but still… LOL); MSN premiere of the “She Can Show Us” video received over 21,000 views + over 15,000 views on Youtube… and this is just after only 2 months – AMAZING.

Thank You everyone and PLEASE , continue to share my work with others. That is the REAL promotions……

Love RAINN on Me (5/15/11)

On May 15th, the project I created Bully MGMT and Twisted Peppermint are sponsoring a benefit for RAINN (the Rape Abuse Incest National Network) in NYC. It is an amazing organization that helps thousands of men and women work through these traumatic experiences and provides a network of support. We are very proud to be a part of this. Please come out and support this cause. There will be some AWESOME performances (ehem) and a silent auction to help raise more funds. See you there…

Performance line-up:

Brett Gleason

Monday Night Bear Claw

Athena Reich

I AM Fighting

Ariel Aparicio

 

When: Sunday, May 15, 2011 6:30 PM (Performances begin 7:30 PM)

Where: Crash Mansion (199 Bowery NYC)

Tickets on sale for 10.00 – 12.00 at the door

Check out the main site for more information.…

AERIALS – Now Available!

New album AERIALS is now available WORLDWIDE!

You can grab your copy at any of the following online locations:

iTunes

Amazon

Napster

Record Release Party: Review

From Twisted Peppermint:

Above the Earth

My Review of Ariel Aparicio’s Aerials Record Release Party

Jennifer Etebari

3/6/2011

8 PM

Littlefield

Bring down the lights – a hint of color in the corner, black and white photos of Ariel Aparicio blink across the wall, the mumbling of those mingling in and out of the room began  to grow to a sounding of excitement – a rumbling of the urge to sing lyrics to his new album – we were waiting for him.

When the band took the stage and began playing the riffs of “Love Left Bleeding” – the audience gazed – they felt the empowering lyrics about to begin – and there he was.

Ariel took the stage and the mic – like he always does, a seasoned professional, a musician that puts heart and soul into every note, lyric, melody. He grasped every single word to the opening song – thrusting himself into the spotlight as if to be bringing out every inner emotion he possibly could have mustered up (and with the deepest tone of his embellishing, blissful, soulful voice – he echoed Daddy was a Sinnin’ Man … )

My ears were full with the voices and screams, claps and hollers – the crowd loved him, they were a part of this brilliant emotional journey that he was sharing.

I had to remember there was a band on stage. When I looked into Ariel’s eyes I only saw him performing – the stage was HIS – he was above the earth in his own musical heaven and he was sharing it with us – through each and every single word.

The very powerful Tattered Heart drew roaring applause – She Can Show Us had us on our feet, I rocked out to the sheer fabulous perfection that was Sorry (and back up vocals by the ever so talented Ayanna Williams, in one word: spectacular).

One cannot forget to mention the quiet, yet astounding Flowers – to which Ariel added “that was for you Robin…” – Robin, a fan who had traveled in from Florida, began to cry and was comforted by musician Luciar. What a moment – to see that impact that Ariel has beginning to grab each hand around the room and take that person’s soul into his own.

Caroline followed by Amor Sangrando had the crowd swooning and in awe – this man is a genius. His swagger on stage and his ability to turn into this performer that just tugs at you – his voice is like hearing a calm wind after a vicious storm – he is soothing.

After saying some thank yous Ariel sang his very classic tune “Lucille” followed by “Pretty in Pink” (with Psychedelic Furs Paul Garisto on drums) and dedicated it to fan Holly Canfield from West Virginia (a huge fan of the song -  she danced in the audience in pure glee – once again, a moment to forever be remembered.)

Ariel is clearly talented – no one dared question this fact – but if ever new respect could grow for an artist – it happened at Littlefield on March 6, 2011. I considered this a break out performance for Ariel Aparicio. His volume of musical sound and vocal fluidity combined with his overwhelmingly raw, real, honest stage presence proved in the age of over produced vocals and forced lyrics – that creativity, originality, and pure blissful musical talent still exists.

After seeing his record release party performance I began to wonder what the future would bring for Ariel – for those who are not listening, open your ears, mind, and hearts to this intense invention. Aerials, releasing officially on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 brings to life its own genre – a flavor you will long taste even after you finish playing the last track.

Of course you will press repeat.

These memories of Ariel’s record release party will long last in my own head – through the screaming fans, loving admirers, and Ariel’s sheer possession of the stage – this night will always be special.

A rose to surely keep……

New Record “Aerials” to be Released March 8!

It’s official…  Rock Ridge Music will be releasing my new record “Aerials” on March 8, 2011. The record was produced by Tom Gilroy, who’s worked closely with  R.E.M. for many years and produced Michael Stipe’s contribution on the “Ciao, My Shinning Star” tribute CD. It features my long-time collaborator on guitar, Steve Dawson and an incredible guest performance by the incomparable , Lisa Germano. “Aerials” has a unique sound, merging together Rock, Punk and Dance, all my greatest  loves… A unique sound that is all Ariel!!!…

Video: “It Gets Better”

Honest, encouraging “It Gets Better” message by Ariel inspired by recent events. Pass this on.

Read Ariel’s written inspirational message HERE

“Lucille – The Remix (by Scarkord)”

After several months of listening to some truly original  and unique interpretation of my song “Lucille”, I chose the winner to the Sony AcidPlanet remix contest – Jason Scarkord for “The Scarkord Remix”.
This was an incredibly tough decision for me. As I said, there were many truly awesome submissions but  I chose Jason’s remix because I felt that he kept true to the essence of the song while making it his own and creating killer dance track to boot.
Congrats Jason. I have a feeling that people haven’t heard the end of our collaborative efforts.

Cheers.

DOWNLOAD IT FOR FREE!!

“Lucille” up for Top 10 of 2010 on Logo!

Once again , one of my videos has the honor of being nominated in LogoTV’s Best of the Year series.. That’s right,  Ms Lucille.  My thanks again to  the Fabulous Dallas DuBois, Ayanah Williams, RingoStyleBaby and of course, Khalid Rivera for their guest appearances. And a special thanks to my gorgeous sister,  Jessica, Gabby & “Waldo” with their 3 seconds of fame..LOL!!!

It wouldn’t have been the same without a single one of YOU!!!
Thanks again and now let’s VOTE , VOTE, VOTE if you want this Bitch on Top!!!!

Click for “Lucille” below:

“People Who Died” Nominated for OUTMusic Award

The LGBT Academy of Recording Arts has bestowed me the honor of being nominated for a 2010 OutMusic Award for Outstanding Rock Song for my version of the Jim Carroll classic “People who Died”. This took my breath away. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed last year when I didn’t receive a nomination so when it happened this year I was so thrilled.
I want to thank my long-time collaborator and lead guitar player, Steve Dawson who co-porduced this track with me. We really hoped we pleased Jim’s fans and especially Jim… He is a true inspiration for me. My thanks to the LGBT community. Hell YEAH, we can ROCK too!!!!…

“People Who Died” Video Debuts in Memory of Jim Carroll

Rest in Peace

Message from Ariel: Catholic Boys is one of those records for me… It colors my landscape, it shapes my vision, it inspires the work I’ve done for the last 20 yrs and “People Who Died” is THAT song. It’s the song that made me slam dance alone in my bedroom as a kid. It’s the song that told me I needed to come to NY.

That’s what it meant to me the first time I heard it. Then, it meant something different in the late 80s during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Then, it meant something else to me in the 90s during my own personal turmoil. And yes, it even meant something different to me on Sept 11, 2001. Today, it means all those things and more…

Today THAT song also becomes mine, even though it’s always felt like it was – I think that’s how Jim intended it to be.

Dedicated to the memory of Jim Carroll (August 1 1949 – September 11, 2009)