SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 15, 2015 – The Bay Area’s own Fantastic Negrito (Xavier Dphrepaulezz) wooed the San Francisco crowd at The Independent on Friday night. Fantastic Negrito is quite the showman. His style is reminiscent of Ray Charles, Janis Joplin and a little bit of James Brown, all rolled up into one emotionally charged and explosive package.
Negrito’s raw, bluesy style thrills the audience and leaves you wanting more, much more. His grinding vocals pull you in immediately, and within mere moments you are feeling his pain and seeing the world through his eyes.
The absolute best songs and performances of the night came when he sang “Lost in a Crowd”, “An Honest Man”, and “The Time Has Come.”
During “The Time Has Come” the crowd was entranced by Fantastic Negrito’s real pain of losing his love and fighting to get her back.
Sweat dripping down his face, red lights overtaking the entire venue and tears in the eyes of those listening, the entire crowd became a swooning sea of red as they swayed from side to side in unison, totally engrossed in Negrito’s performance.
Negrito’s passionate performances can be attributed to a rough life thus far. According to his bio, he’s “been through a lot of awful shit.” Be sure to read his moving story on his website. His purely raw and passionate performance reflects his life, and his life struggles make for an epic and edgy performance that any music lover, especially blues lovers, should seek out.
Fantastic Negrito has a wonderful rise to popularity story. Just last year he was playing for those who would listen in BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations around Oakland and San Francisco.
Then he won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert competition out of 7,000 entrants.
Fantastic Negrito has some upcoming shows in New Orleans at the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience October 30 – November 1, 2015.