Rolling Stone

Black Pumas Celebrate the Return of Live

- SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON

IT’S BEEN MORE THAN a year without live music — the loud sounds, the bright lights, the sweaty crush of strangers all around you — not to mention how hard it’s been for the artists, road crew, venue staff, and other behind-thescenes workers who make it all possible.

This summer finally brings some long-awaited relief, as fans keep getting vaccinated and venue calendars keep filling in. Black Pumas kicked off the season with five sold-out shows at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, starting in late May, performing their Grammy-nominated soul for thousands of fans — the first full-capacity shows in the city since early 2020. Feels good, doesn’t it?

Black Pumas’ Eric Burton gets into the crowd.

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