Joining a star-studded list of performers, Austin's own Grammy-nominated Black Pumas are taking a spot on the national stage for president-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' historical inauguration.
The psychedelic-soul duo announced via social media that they were "honored" to take the (virtual) stage alongside the future administration. The event will be conducted virtually at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
We're so honored to be joining our next President and Vice President @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris for… https://t.co/TZHpm4eIbm— Black Pumas (@Black Pumas) 1611067744.0
Titled "Celebrating America," the inauguration celebration will be hosted by Tom Hanks and has gained traction on social media for its array of celebrity guest list; the Austin-based band will perform alongside big industry names like John Legend, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Lopez.
Black Pumas aren't stopping there—catch them Tuesday on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a warm-up performance.
We'll be performing on @colbertlateshow tomorrow night - make sure to tune in! #LSSC #PlayAtHome https://t.co/QHSaxM9EZo— Black Pumas (@Black Pumas) 1610983068.0
Black Pumas have already had a very eventful and presidential start to the year, having previously performed their song, "Colors," at Kamala Harris' inaugural fundraiser on Jan. 13.
Even before Black Pumas made it in the new president's book, the band was nominated for three Grammys: Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Best American Roots Performance. The awards ceremony was postponed to March 14 due to the pandemic.
To watch the inaugural live stream, click here.
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The original Z’Tejas location on West 6th Street is closing its doors after more than 30 years on the lot to make way for new development.
Z'Tejas owner Randy Cohen told Austonia the restaurant will be open at least through the end of 2022, possibly through March 2023.
Cohen said the owners—Larry McGuire of McGuire Moorman Lambert Hospitality—of the land have something new planned, though he’s not exactly sure what. Additionally, Cohen said maintenance costs for the old building were becoming prohibitively expensive.
“I think the people who own the dirt will tear it all down and build condos or some other development,” Cohen said. “I mean, it's a 60-year-old building, Z'Tejas has been here for 33 years and before that, it was something else. So it's just progress, that's all."
The restaurant isn’t going away though—Cohen said Z’Tejas is already looking for a new spot in the downtown area to move into. Z’Tejas also has a location in Avery Ranch, another in the works for Kyle and two in Arizona.
“We have all our ducks in a row right now and the management team is all rowing in the right direction,” Cohen said. “We're just excited, we're excited to build this iconic brand back.”
Once he finds a new place, Cohen plans to bring along its mural, “The Last Zupper,” which features Willie Nelson, Matthew McConaughey and Barbara Jordan. Cohen also plans for the adjoining ghost kitchen, Woo Woo Burgers, to follow to the new downtown location.
“We're still booking events through the end of December,” Cohen said. “Come ‘Z' me at Z’Tejas, we'd love to see you before we’re gone.”
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Two towers could be coming just south of the Austin American-Statesman’s former headquarters in the South Central Waterfront district.
According to city filings, the proposed planned unit development agreement is set for 200 East Riverside Drive, an area Project Connect’s Blue Line is slated to pass by someday.
Carrying this out involves removing the existing building, which is a state office complex and surface parking.
The new towers in place would reach just over 400 feet at their maximum and include office space and space for retail on the ground level. The mix of office and retail is a trend that’s been cropping up in downtown sites like the Perennial and the Meta tower.
The proposal on a plot of about four acres aims to incorporate green infrastructure and create a lively environment for pedestrians. It’d also be adjacent to the 118-acres of the South Central Waterfront Initiative, which is aimed at enhancing connections to and along the waterfront over the next couple of decades.
The filing lists architects STG Design, a group involved with work on the sailboat-like Google tower.
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