Photos: Fantastic Negrito at the New Parish

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Ria Burman) The New Parish is celebrating their 10-year anniversary in style with a double-whammy dose of the outstanding Fantastic Negrito (his second show is happening tonight). Tuesday night's show had support from the ballad-electronic-dance mix creations of vocal smoothness of Jennifer Johns, who invited musician friends to join on stage for high-energy collaborations. Thursday's show is sold out. Fantastic Negrito took to the stage and kept the energy high throughout his non-stop two hour set, performing songs from the excellent album, The Last Days of Oakland & his latest blazing album offering, Please Don't Be Dead. [...]

By |January 31, 2019|Tags: |

Beyond the Bay: Fantastic Negrito at Dingwalls in London, England

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Robert Alleyne) Oakland singer and songwriter Fantastic Negrito took his signature sound that blends various genres of R&B, blues, and rock across the Atlantic to Dingwalls in London. Our photographer Robert Alleyne was at the show and able to capture the gallery below for you to check out. If you were at the show let us know, and if not, take a look at how the music of one of the Bay Area's finest translates to other countries expertly.

Fantastic Negrito announces new album ‘Please Don’t Be Dead’

Grammy-winning blues artist Fantastic Negrito has announced his latest album, Please Don't Be Dead, out June 15. The Oakland-based musician's newest album comes at a time when discussions of race and the safety of Black and Brown people are not only urgently needed, but, in Xavier Dphrepaulezz's hands, sure to be poignant. “I wrote this album because I fear for the life of my black son,” said the arist. “I fear for the lives of my daughters. I am uncertain about what kind of future they will face." Fantstic Negrito's music spans multiple genres, parallel to his own multicultural experiences. [...]

Fantastic Negrito performs at charity ball this Saturday

(photo: Fouad Lakbir) Get down for a good cause at the annual Gilded Hearts Charity Masquerade Ball on February 24 headlined by Oakland Grammy Award-winning performer Fantastic Negrito. Hosted by the Hope for Hearts Foundation, the black-tie (masks optional) affair is a charity gala to benefit pediatric heart patients and their families, and will be held at a historic mansion in Presidio Heights, San Francisco. The night's set to feature Michelin-Star snacks, an open bar with California wine and bubbles, plus inspirational speakers, all soundtracked by 99.7 NOW’s DJ St John and the gritty roots blues of Fantastic Negrito. Born [...]

By |February 20, 2018|Tags: |

Sponsored: Fantastic Negrito pushes back at The UC Theatre this weekend

There are few artists more emblematic of the Oakland music scene than Fantastic Negrito. Rocketed to fame after winning NPR's inaugural Tiny Desk Contest a few years ago, he's finally experiencing well-won success after a lifetime in the industry. Starting by sneaking into UC Berkeley's practice rooms to teach himself piano, he's now a Grammy-holding, internationally-known, Bernie Sanders-backed recording artist. And he's not leaving Oakland. Ever. Never one to appease label-dictated standards of musical decorum, his work covers some of the most pressing social issues Oakland lives under today: namely, the cultural flattening of neighborhoods and the attendant housing insecurity [...]

By |October 10, 2017|Tags: |

Photos: Fantastic Negrito and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at Stern Grove

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Robert Alleyne) The 80th annual Stern Grove Festival is in season and some Bay Area bands headlined it last weekend, July 2, 2017. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers along with Oakland's own Grammy-winning Fantastic Negrito played last weekend and much love was shown to both artists. Check out the gallery of both performers by our own Robert Alleyne below.

The Bay Bridged Band-To-Band Relay: Abbot Kinney to Kev Choice

Words by Annie Bacon If you missed it last month, the Band-to-Band Relay is part of The Bay Bridged’s ongoing desire to curate and deepen your awareness of your local music scene. We know you’re oversaturated, and we know how important curators are to our modern musical experience. Who better than the bands you love to point you in the direction of great music being made around you? Each month we’ll start off with a single local artist, write about why we like them, and then ask them to pick and talk about another local artist they dig. We'll carry [...]

Photos: Fantastic Negrito celebrates back home at The New Parish

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Jon Bauer) It was a night of fantastic music at the New Parish as the Grammy-nominated and Bay Area's own Fantastic Negrito rocked the house last Friday, January 13, 2016. Other artists on the bill that night included DLee and Piwa, and our photographer Jon Bauer was there to capture all of the bands that night. Check out the expansive gallery of the evening below.

By |January 17, 2017|Tags: |

Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area

http://media.libsyn.com/media/thebaybridged/Voices_2016_Mixtape.mp3 Download: Mixtape: Ten Standout Singers from the San Francisco Bay Area (Podcast #395) This podcast originally appeared on KQED.org. San Francisco's Minna Choi has been known to indie musicians and music fans as the leader of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, contributing orchestral accompaniments to live performances and albums by countless acclaimed artists over the years. More recently, though, Choi announced a solo project under the Magik*Magik moniker, and unveiled a stunning duet with How To Dress Well. "Laugh a Lot" reveals Choi as not just a gifted composer, arranger, and conductor, but also as an impressive vocalist. More broadly, the [...]

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