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Fantastic Negrito [Archetypes & Troubadours Series]

“[He] has returned as a modern blues singer, somewhere between Al Green and Jack White, making a raw electric sound with tinges of nightclub jazz and a fantastically unhinged energy.” The Sunday Times

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**PLEASE NOTE – this concert’s DATE HAS CHANGED to THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 from its original date of November 9. No ticket exchanges will occur. All previously purchased tickets are valid for the same seat location on the new date. Simply present your tickets and name at the doors on the night of the show.**

8:00 PM—The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Fantastic Negrito to the South on Main stage! This is the second show in their 2017-18 Archetypes & Troubadours Series. Doors open at 6:00 PM, with dinner and drinks available for purchase at that time. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsors Chris Harkins of Raymond James and J. Mark & Christy Davis.

J. Mark & Christy Davis logoAdditional season partners include UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication, Acura, Stella Boyle Smith Trust, Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Stacy Hamilton of Pulaski Heights Realty, Ben E. Keith Foods Mid-South Division, Arkansas Arts Council, ACANSA Arts Festival, Capital Hotel, Rosen Music Company, and Piano Kraft.

Chris Harkins of Raymond James logoTickets are available via (or by calling 800-293-5949), and are $30 (General Admission), $38 (Reserved), and $40 (Premium Reserved). Please take a look at this very important ticketing and seating information before purchasing your tickets (view reserved seating chart). Full season ticket pricing and options are also available in a consolidated format, here.

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. Negrito’s music emphasizes rawness and space. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Rather than update the Delta Blues, Fantastic Negrito leaves the original sounds of Lead Belly and Skip James intact, building bridges to a modern sound with loops and samples of his own live instruments. But the primary element that drives Fantastic Negrito’s music is uncut realness and zero concern for “pop” anything.

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 the release of his debut full-length album The Last Days of Oakland, national television appearances on hit show Empire and Jimmy Kimmel Live, several performances at rallies for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, and tours throughout Europe and North America with Chris Cornell, and legendary Seattle super group Temple of the Dog. The year culminated when his debut album won the Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards.