‘Like a rebirth’: Americans pack reopened concert halls for a summer of music

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By Brendan O’Brien, Rich McKay, Andrew Hay and Gabriella Borter CHICAGO (Reuters) – Pamela Pickens swayed her hips as her husband Tom led her in an impromptu dance to the strumming of guitarist Studebaker John at Chicago’s famed blues bar, Kingston Mines. The couple, wearing fedora hats and wide smiles, had driven five hours from their home in southeast Indiana to visit their favorite blues club, which had recently reopened for live performances after a year of shutdown due to COVID-19. “It’s so great to be back,” said Pickens, 66, taking a drag from a cigarette outside the venue on a dancing …

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