13.35-14.15, Stage 1 • Saturday
Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a four-week coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled.
While his rebirth began on the streets of Oakland a couple years ago, Fantastic Negrito arrived on the national stage in 2015 when he won the NPR Tiny Desk Contest and watched his self-titled EP ascend to #1 in Blues in the US, UK, Germany and Asia. He followed that up in 2016 with tours throughout Europe and North America with Chris Cornell, and legendary Seattle supergroup Temple of the Dog; and the release of his debut full-length album The Last Days of Oakland, which went on to win Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.