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The Black Keys bring their groove to the Xfinity Center this summer

Let's rock.

The Black Keys, Patrick Carney, left, and Dan Auerbach, play the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on July 29. Jim Herrington

Like many of us, The Black Keys spent some of the COVID-era working on what’s most important: in their case, hill country blues.

Recorded in a two-day session in late 2019 and released last year, the rock duo’s “Delta Kream” captured the band’s raw passion for its influences, sliding and grooving through staples of 11 artists the band has always held in high regard, bluesmen like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough.

“If it weren’t for this music, I wouldn’t have any of the things I have right now,” drummer Pat Carney told his hometown paper, Ohio’s Akron Beacon Journal, last year. “I wouldn’t have a band. I wouldn’t be playing the drums. I wouldn’t have done any of the things I’ve done. It starts there.”


Now the Keys, which also includes singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach, are hitting the road for the first time since pre-pandemic times. They’re not playing any juke joints, but they will be making a swing through the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on July 29.

“The Dropout Boogie Tour,” which features special guests Band of Horses and — in select cities — Ceramic Animal, Early James, and The Velveteers, will be the band’s first trip back to New England since touring behind “Let’s Rock,” their 2019 release.

Ticket pre-sales began earlier this week, but general on-sale starts Friday, Feb. 4. at 10 a.m.

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