Saturday, July 1, 2017

BAM Supporter Fantastic Negrito at Stern Grove, Sunday, July 2, 2017

We much appreciate the artistic personality known as Fantastic Negrito who offered his services to perform at the Laney College 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Black Arts Movement. A scheduling conflict didn't allow him to perform, but since then we had the pleasure of meeting him. We found him a humble person, and he agreed to support our long planned 27 City Tour of Black Arts Movement icons. Finally, I heard his music and was blown away by his neo-blues, spiritual, black classical music style. We will soon write a review of his music. We wish him well and appreciate him as much as his fans have expressed to me, and those who grew up with him in the hood. Our desire is to perform with him ASAP.
--Marvin X, Publisher, The Movement, Voice of the Black Arts Movement International

 Maestro Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra
photo collage Adam Turner

Founding performance of the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra, University of California, Merced, 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Black Arts Movement

 Maestro Marvin X with living legends of BAM, David Murray and Earle Davis, Malcolm X Jazz/Art Festival, Oakland CA

Marvin X in the light, Laney College reading at performance of Donald Lacy's Color Struck

Fantistic Negrito and BAM Master Poet/playwright Marvin X
photo Adam Turner

New Music - Out Today!
'Push Back' and 'The Shadows' 

Family, Friends and Fans - 

Been far too long! 

After our Grammy win, we took a moment to celebrate. But then we got right back in the studio, and today I'm excited to share the two tracks we added to The Last Days of Oakland: Push Back and The Shadows - which are available now through our new partner Cooking Vinyl. You can hear them HERE and order them HERE. They'll be available on vinyl soon!
Listen to 'Push Back' Now!
Order, Download or Stream The Last Days Of Oakland Here
I can't wait to get back on the road and share these songs with you.  We're kicking things off with dates in Portland and San Francisco, before heading to Europe for two months. Then we come home for a six week US tour with Sturgill Simpson. Get your tickets HERE.
2017 Summer Tour Dates

June 30 – Portland, OR @ Waterfront Blues Festival
July 02 – San Francisco, CA @ Stern Grove Festival
July 07 – Suwalki, Poland @ Suwalki Blues Festival
JulY 09 – Rotterdam, The Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
July 13 – Pori, Finland @ Pori Jazz
July 15 – Paris, France @ Festival Afropunk
July 17 – Tuscany, Italy @ Festival delle Colline  
July 19 – Madrid, Spain  @ Joy Eslava  
July 20 – Majorca, Spain @ Claustre de Pollenca
July 23 – San Sebastian, Spain @ Jazzaldia
July 24 – Girona, Spain @ Tempo Sota les Estrelles
July 27 – Lucerne, Switzerland @ Blue Balls Festival
July 28 – London, UK @ Nell's Jazz and Blues
July 29 – Cambridge, UK @ Cambridge Folk Festival
July 31 – Manchester, UK @ Band on the Wall
Aug 03 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
Aug 05 – Kato Drys Village, Cyprus @ Fengaros Festival
Aug 10 – Oslo, Norway @ Oya Festival (Øyamatt/Parkteatret)
Aug 11 – Haugesund, Norway @ Sildajazz
Aug 12 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ wayoutwest
Aug 17 – Trondheim, Norway @ Pstereo
Aug 18 – Mo-I-rana, Norway @ Verkat Festival
Aug 19 – Bodo, Norway @ Parkfestivalen
Sept 07 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre**
Sept 08 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre**
Sept 09 – Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater**
Sept 14 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall**
Sept 15 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion**
Sept 16 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion**
Sept 17 – New York, NY @ The Meadows Music & Art Festival
Sept 19 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre**
Sept 21 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre**
Sept 22 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island**
Sept 23 – Louisville, KY @ Bourbon & Beyond Festival
Sept 25 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre**
Sept 28 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall**
Sept 29 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall**
Sept 30 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheater**
Oct 06 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre** 
I hope to see you on the road, especially now -- at this moment -- when it seems like people in power are trying to divide us. We will not give in to fear or hate. We're going to push back. Together. One world one love one race.


Fantastic Negrito
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