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Taj Mahal & Fantastic Negrito 

When: Sat., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. 2018
Phone: 510-356-4000
Price: $45-$125

Taj Mahal and Fantastic Negrito

There was Delta Blues, then the electric blues. But in the last five decades, our understanding of blues has continued to grow. Some of that is because of rock ’n’ roll’s close relationship with the genre. But it’s also from a handful of contemporary artists redefining the genre. Taj Mahal, who began his career in the ’60s, is one such artist. He’s been infusing elements of jazz, Caribbean music, African sounds, and R&B into the simple emotive expression of the blues. Mahal will be joined by Oakland’s own Fantastic Negrito, who has emerged as quite a star in the national blues and American roots music scene. For those who still don’t know the story, he won NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert in 2015 and suddenly became widely recognized for his creative contributions to one of the country’s oldest and most important genres of music. (Not to mention, he won a Grammy.) Both artists will be playing a solo set at this show.
— Aaron Carnes


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