According to Chinese astrology, 2019 is the Year of the Pig, but here in Austin, Texas, it might as well be the Year of the Puma. With two Austin shows at Mohawk’s outdoor stage already sold out and a third on sale, the band’s homecoming, following a summer spent stunning audiences around the country, was already set to be a triumphant affair.
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Now the rhythm and groove revival led by guitarist/producer, Adrian Quesada and singer, Eric Burton, has added a free in-store performance at End of an Ear Records on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. They will also tape their “Austin City Limits” debut on Aug. 28. Admission to the in-store is on a first come, first served basis, capacity permitting (read: show up EARLY). For tickets to the taping, follow Austin’s lauded music television show on Facebook and Twitter for information on how to sign up for the random drawing.
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If you need a few stats to back up exactly how big the local crew’s catalog of fervent rock songs that shake your body and lift your soul has become, their first two singles, “Colors” and “Black Moon Rising,” have bypassed a million views on Spotify. A video for an official live session of “Colors,” taped at Arlyn Studios in Austin, released a little over two weeks ago, has over 850,000 views. The band just issued a low ticket alert for a series of West Coast shows coming up this fall and, last week, the Houston Chronicle mused that the Pumas might be “the next great Texas band.”
So yeah, Year of the Pumas it is.