Third Rebirth of Grammy Award Winner Fantastic Negrito

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(PACIFICA, CA) – Longboard Margarita Bar presents Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito on Saturday, March 21st at Longboard Margarita Bar (180 Eureka Drive) Pacifica, California, just 15 minutes south of San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now at Event Brite. Doors open at 8pm and show starts at 9pm. Ages 21. Tickets are on sale now: $25 Advance, $30 Door, $250 VIP Package (Package includes 4 Tickets + 1 Table + 1 Bottle Service). Get tickets at Event Brite or call (650) 738-5905 to learn more!

Fantastic Negrito is the incarnation of a musician who is reborn after going through a lot of awful shit. In fact, the name Fantastic Negrito represents his third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound because the narrative is the sound. Songs born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Urgent, desperate, edgy. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to “make it”, who “got it”, who lost it all, and somehow managed to find his way back. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction. For anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn’t, this is your music.

Fantastic Negrito was raised in an orthodox Muslim household. His father was a Somali-Caribbean immigrant who mostly played traditional African music. When, at the age of 12, Negrito’s family moved from Massachusetts to Oakland, he was hit with an intense culture shock. He went from Arab chants to Funkadelic in one day… Shit was extra real in Oakland. By the time he was 20, Negrito had taught himself to play every instrument he could get his hands on. He was recording music, but he was also caught up in street shit. This went on for several years until a near death encounter with masked gunmen. After that, Negrito packed his bags and headed to LA, armed with a demo. Negrito signed with a big-time manager and soon after that, a million-dollar deal at Interscope …and soon after that, creative death. He lost all sense of himself. The songs stopped coming to him, so he quit. He sold all of his shit and he quit. 

Then, in 1999, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that left him in a coma. Though he rehabbed intensely for several years, the damage was permanent. In 2008, he returned home to Oakland. 

Returning to music in 2014 by playing on the streets of Oakland, Fantastic Negrito won the inaugural NPR Tiny Desk Contest. In 2016 he released his debut full-length album, The Last Days of Oakland, which went on to win a Grammy in 2017 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. And this year he won his second Grammy in the same category, for his critically acclaimed new release Please Don’t Be Dead. His third album Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? will be released in the summer of 2020.

Longboard Margarita Bar is a premier 300-person capacity live music venue with a solid sound system and full-service bar located on the coast in Pacifica, CA.

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