credit: Brian Dalthorp
Like any artist on a first name basis with the world- Madonna, Beyoncé, Bowie, Prince, Gaga, Pink or Cher- native New Yorker MARi embodies all the makings of the superstar and then some. For starters, she’s runway ready from the moment she wakes up and is absolutely larger-than-life by the time she takes the stage with a fleet of wigs and dresses that were likely cherry-picked from a thrift store, but could still make even the most sensational supermodel jealous. And perhaps most importantly, her voice is pure pop gold with a hearty serving of soul as it sacheys its ways through dance, reggae and Latin rhythms that are not only insanely infectious, but instantly empowering and soul stirring.
MARi appeals to all audiences and has a strong draw with the latinos and young showgoers.
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