(PACIFICA, CA) – Longboard Margarita Bar presents Grammy Award winner Fantastic Negrito on Saturday, March 21st at Longboard
Margarita Bar (180 Eureka Drive) Pacifica,
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.