The Bowery Presents
Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson

Fantastic Negrito

Thu, September 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Radio City Music Hall

New York, NY

$59.50, $49.50, $45, $40

Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson
Sturgill Simpson has emerged as one of music's most inspired and genre-bending artists. Each of Simpson's three universally acclaimed solo albums explore different elements of American music history (bluegrass, country, rock, R&B, soul) and continue to push his work beyond expectations and musical boundaries. His most recent album, 2016's self-produced 'A Sailor's Guide To Earth,' was written -- beginning to end -- as a letter to his first child, and has gone on to garner industry-wide adoration, including nominations for both Album of the Year and Best Country Album at the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards. In the past year since the album's release, Simpson has played over 70 sold-out shows across 12 countries and has performed on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," "Conan," "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "Charlie Rose" and, most recently, the 2017 debut episode of "Saturday Night Live." Simpson's 2017 tour will feature material from throughout his catalog and is his way of thanking fans -- both old and new -- for a series of unprecedented years. More information is available at http://www.sturgillsimpson.com
Fantastic Negrito
Upon winning NPR's inaugural Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Fantastic Negrito (Xavier Dphrepaulezz) quickly won over critics with 2015's self-titled EP. Consequence of Sound wrote of the record "Dphrepaulezz sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force…[his] voice is impassioned, somewhere between a croon and a scream," and the Washington Post praised the EP's "raw vocals and self-assessing lyrics." The San Francisco Chronicle noted that "almost overnight, the singer-songwriter became an international sensation."

Dphrepaulezz hailed from an orthodox Muslim household as a child. After relocating from rural Massachusetts to Oakland as a teenager in the 1980s, he quickly moved from strict religion to the music of Funkadelic; by the age of 20 he taught himself to play just about every instrument he came across, and in the `90s, he signed a multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records performing under his first name Xavier. Dphrepaulezz's life changed drastically when he was involved in a near death car accident resulting in a three-week coma, followed by intensive physical rehabilitation with his guitar playing hand permanently incapacitated. After a five-year hiatus, Dphrepaulezz created Fantastic Negrito. Inspired by all American music, most especially Delta bluesmen such as R.L Burnside and Skip James, he sought to modernize his compositions by sampling and looping his own live recordings. He told NPR that the name is "a celebration of blackness. The 'Fantastic' is self-explanatory; the 'Negrito' is a way to open blackness up to everyone, making it playful and international."
Venue Information:
Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Avenue
New York, NY, 10020
http://www.radiocity.com