Top Bay Area concerts: Fantastic Negrito, Janelle Monae, Kenny Chesney among best bets
It’s another action-packed week for live music in the Bay Area. Here are some of the tuneful options for fans in the San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland areas:
Fantastic Negrito: The Oakland blues/R&B/roots music sensation, whose real name is Xavier Dphrepaulezz, has been on an amazing ride over the past few years. It started when he won NPR’s highly prestigious Tiny Desk Contest in 2015, creating a huge amount of advance buzz for his 2016 release, “The Last Days of Oakland, which went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Fantastic Negrito releases his new album, “Please Don’t Be Dead,” on June 15, which is the same day he performs at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Details: 9 p.m.; $22.50; www.livenation.com.
Janelle Monae: The multi-talented artist has been busy with movie projects, notably “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” in recent years. But she did find time to release her first full-length studio album in some five years — “Dirty Computer” — which she’ll support on June 16 at the Masonic in San Francisco. St. Beauty is also on the bill. Details: 7:30 p.m.; $55-$99.550; www.livenation.com.
Kenny Chesney: The multi-platinum country crooner is heading back to the Bay Area, so get ready to sing along to such favorites as “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” and “You Had Me from Hello” on June 20 at Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View. Old Dominion is also on the bill. Details: 7 p.m.; $34.25-$134.25; www.livenation.com.
Flying Lotus, Little Dragon: This intriguing electronic music doubleheader is set for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on June 16. Instrumental band BadBadNotGood is also on the bill. Details: 7 p.m.; $49.50; www.ticketmaster.com.
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