Thursday July 26th: FANTASTIC NEGRITO
Bay Area-based singer/songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz rebooted his career in the 2010s by adopting the name Fantastic Negrito and pioneering a blues, hip-hop, rock, folk, and funk hybrid on his 2016 album, The Last Days of Oakland. His first big break arrived in 2015, when the track "Lost in a Crowd" won a Tiny Desk concert competition at NPR, and then the full-length arrived in the summer of 2016. Earning a wave of acclaim, The Last Days of Oakland wound up taking home the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2017. His reputation made, Fantastic Negrito proceeded to double down on his style-bending blues on Please Don't Be Dead, the 2018 sequel to his Grammy-winner.