Recently, the city of Oakland was treated to a stellar event at the intimate Starline Social Club which featured up and coming local artist Fantastic Negrito, as well as Kelsey Lu and Solange (Beyonce’s sister).The buzzworthy event was a fundraiser for two incredible social justice organizations: Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and New Orleans-based Son of a Saint. The show was also designed to show off a new live streaming service for a project called Goodfest Equity
Fantastic Negrito, who calls his music “blues with a punk attitude,” has proven to be a prolific performer who commands any stage. On this particular night, he brought his “A” game and left the venue blistering.
Solange’s subtle yet skillfully-choreographed set also got the crowd going. Each song she performed corresponded to a different color of stage lighting. Not only did the mood change with every tune, but it also made her show seem longer than the three songs she actually sung (“Weary,” “Cranes in the Sky,” and “Don’t Touch My Hair”). By the end of her performance, it was clear that Solange has truly earned her seat at the table.
Words and Pictures by Davey D