Fantastic Negrito woos San Francisco crowd at The Independent

Fantastic Negrito (Xavier Dphrepaulezz) wooed the San Francisco crowd with a style reminiscent of Ray Charles, Janis Joplin and a little bit of James Brown, all rolled up into one.

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Fantastic Negrito Woos the SF Crowd. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

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.

Fantastic Negrito's raw passion comes through in SF. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
Fantastic Negrito’s raw passion comes through in SF. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

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.

Fantastic Negrito entrances SF crowd at the Independent. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
Fantastic Negrito entrances SF crowd at the Independent. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

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.

Fantastic Negrito in a sea of green. Image: Sherrie Perkovich
Fantastic Negrito in a sea of green. Image: Sherrie Perkovich

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.

Bay Area residents check out his website often for upcoming local show listings. His music can be found on his website, on Soundcloud, and on iTunes for purchase.

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Sherrie Perkovich
Sherrie is a perky, music and wine-loving, Northern California local that seeks out and spreads the word about San Francisco experiences as well as unforgettable wine-related travel experiences. She is CMO of The Grape Hunter USA, where they focus on helping artisan wineries and developing unique wine travel for consumers. Follow her on Twitter @BigNoseWino Sherrie is a San Francisco local that fancies herself an extroverted fine dining, wine drinking, know-it-all. If it’s happening near SF, Sherrie is in on it. Follow her columns, for the widest range of Out and About San Francisco ~ San Jose treats and Wine Country Weekly.