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Black Pumas: SXSJ 2019

Black Pumas at South x San José (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)

Black Pumas at South x San José (photo by Gus Philippas/WFUV)



[July 2019 update: The week of July 29, FUV is celebrating Black Pumas' debut album as our New Dig. We're also bringing this SXSJ set back to the radio (90.7FM and on Monday, July 29 at 8 p.m. EDT. Want to see Black Pumas in person? Our Events Calendar has all the details.]

Black Pumas won "Best New Band" honors at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, so FUV wanted to make sure you got to hear these hometown faves while we were in Austin too. At the core is the collaboration of producer/guitarist Adrian Quesada and singer-songwriter Eric Burton. Add horns, back-up singers, and moves, and this is a modern soul sound from a band to watch.

You'll likely see a lot of Black Pumas this year too, with the band's debut album set for release this spring. Luckily, they had time for a South x San José stop to close out the night, and as Burton made his way out into the crowd and then welcomed a couple of lucky young music fans onstage, it felt like a celebration of big things ahead and a reminder to be in the moment together too.

Listen to FUV's SXSJ broadcast from Hotel San José in Austin, Texas during SXSW 2019, on Friday, March 15, from 6-9 p.m., EDT, on 90.7FM and streaming at


  • Intro/Next To You
  • Colors
  • Black Cat
  • Old Man
  • Know You Better
  • Black Moon Rising
  • Fire
  • Confines
  • Eleanor Rigby

[Recorded: 3/13/19]