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Black Pumas at Saint Andrew's Hall, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Black Pumas are more than just a popular brand of athletic shoe nowadays.



The soulful Austin, Texas duo formed during 2017 and released its self-titled debut album last June. More than just critics noticed; The Pumas were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist, which will be announced on Sunday, Jan. 26.



Meanwhile, Eric Burton and former Grupo Fantasma member Adrian Quesada are keeping busy on the road, playing singles such as "Black Moon Rising" and "Colors," and thinking about creating more music...



In addition to the Grammy nomination, Black Pumas also won a pair of Austin Music Awards, Best New Band and Song of the Year, during 2019. "It shows us that none of this hard work has been in vain," Quesada says. "We've been out here grinding. We work on music constantly. We've been touring heavily. All of this shows us that it's being recognized. We've reached a different stage than we were ever aiming to, so it's pretty awesome."



Black Pumas were on tour in England when they learned of the Grammy nomination on Nov. 20. Needless to say a trip to the pub was in order that day. "It's quite a surreal experience for me," says Burton. "I'm just excited to be part of the conversation, generally. Coming from busking on the street to this...I can't believe it, man. It's crazy." Quesada, who’s been in the Grammy chase before with Grupo Fantasma and others, says that, "I went through every range of emotions. First the adrenalin came out; I felt like I had just dunked in the NBA finals and went to Eric right away. I eventually sat there and shed some tears, too. It was wild."



For Burton, a street busker in L.A. and Austin, where he and Quesada formed Black Pumas two years ago, being nominated for one of the top Grammys is "quite a surreal experience for me. I'm just excited to be part of the conversation, generally. Coming from busking on the street to this...I can't believe it, man. It's crazy."



Black Pumas and Seratones perform Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St. Doors at 7 p.m. $e35 and $52; Tickets for the original Jan. 24 date will be honored. 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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