Banda Macho!

Banda Macho!
L to R: Luke, Bill, Nato, Sam, Mike

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Quick One (While We's In May)

Aloha, everybody! It may technically still be spring but it sure feels like summer in the Twin Cities, so it makes sense to check in quick with an update for y'all to let you know how summer looks for the Blue Diamond Band!

1. Tour (check the dates on the right) starts REALLY SOON for Ottawa Explosion!  It's in Ottawa, Ontario, naturally. It takes place June 15th through the 18th. You really need to check it out! It's like my brain - or possibly Bill Rohla's - designed the perfect punk/garage/power pop/etc. music festival. Get your tickets now (for OX and/or your flight!), and we'll see ya there! Oh, and The Chinchees are also playing... bonus!

2. Live At Grumpy's is being pressed RIGHT NOW. The tests have been approved... we will let you know the official release date for CD/LP as soon as we can! Delay, delay, delay, I know, but trust me we are ALMOST THERE. It might even be out in time for...

3. PalmFest! Palmers Bar is one of the most classic, least classy bars in Minneapolis, and an absolute favorite of ours. PalmFest is Friday and Saturday July 22nd and 23rd, and we play at 5pm on that Friday. Shots? What shots? I didn't do any shots. Did you do any shots?

4. A few more local/regional shows to kick off August are just a warmup for another West Coast Tour! Those dates will be announced very soon! But if you live in the Colorado Front Range, Pacific Northwest, or California, you better be on alert! We're coming... and of course, we're playing Awesome Fest in San Diego! See ya there, burritos!

Be excellent to each other,

-Nato & the BDB

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

June Tour Dates

Friends, countrymen (and Canadians), we're roamin'! That's right, Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band will be ON TOUR this June, to Ottawa Explosion (check their website for more info) and back, with some killer dates in the Northeast, Midwest, and even eastern Canada! This is a big deal to us, as we've only ever played the New Brunswick that the Ergs! were from...

So check these dates! They're also posted on the right hand side of the page, under SHOWS, but here they are in a post for your immediate awareness:

Wed. 6/8 - Cincinnati, OH - North Side Yacht Club
Thu. 6/9 - Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
Fri. 6/10 - Boston, MA - O'Brien's
Sat. 6/11 - Salem, MA - KOTO
Sun. 6/12 - Sackville, NB - Thunder and Lightning Bowling
Mon. 6/13 - Moncton, NB - The Esquire
Tue. 6/14 - Quebec City, QC - Knock Out Records
Wed. 6/15 - Montreal, QC - Turbohaus
Thu. 6/16 - !!!OTTAWA EXPLOSION!!!
Fri. 6/17 - off at OTTAWA EXPLOSION!!!...
Sat. 6/18 - Dunellen, NJ - Roxy & Duke's Roadhouse
Sun. 6/19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Pharmacy
Mon. 6/20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Howler's Coyote Cafe
Tue. 6/21 - Detroit, MI - Garden Bowl
Wed. 6/22 - Lansing, MI - Avenue Cafe
Thu. 6/23 - Grand Rapids, MI - Firehouse
Fri. 6/24 - Columbus OH - Carabar
Sat. 6/25 - Chicago, IL - Auxiliary Arts Center

The venues in Pittsburgh and Ft. Wayne will be announced asap - I wanted to have them up today, however we felt announcing the tour RIGHT NOW even with a couple things being finalized was more important than waiting for every little detail to be ironed out.

Let's party!


-Nato & the BDB

p.s. originally the plan was to play Ft. Wayne, Indiana on Thursday 6/23, and for a short time this post reflected that... but sad to say, we are not.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Spring Is Here/Ottawa Explosion This Summer!

Hi y'all! I know it's been kinda silent hereabouts since the end of February. Well, not silent where WE are - we've been playing a ton of that joyful noise we make - but silent on this website. Nothing to report, really... except for Ottawa Explosion! One of the coolest punk/indie/power pop/garage/rock'n'roll parties that anyone throws, everywhere... and we're playing! Ottawa Explosion is June 15th thru 18th in Ottawa. Check out their website! Get your Explosion-long passes now! Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band can't wait to reunite with so many of our Canadian pals, and international travellers too!

Our album, Live At Grumpy's, is still coming out "soon". Pressing plants are pressing slow these days. Viva la vinyl! Hallelujah, major labels clogging up the works with collectibles? Well, whatever, that's the reality. We haven't chosen a proper record release show yet but we promise that as soon as we can, we will! It just might be that there's a soft release as well... if you're in the Twin Cities, DO NOT MISS THE SIGNS.

Lots of shows are up on the right hand side of this page, including our Art-a-Whirl dates. Those are going to kick ass! We're not quite ready to announce the official schedules, but when we're allowed to, we will.

Summer isn't that far away, and that means our summer touring is almost ready for prime time. Check here soon for June tour dates to Ottawa Explosion and back (and beyond, I suppose?)! Full tour dates will be up within the week.

And for those true believers out there, a message from yours truly (Nato): Happy Baseball! May your team reign triumphant, except against the Brewers* and the Twins**! And let's get baseball back to Montreal by the time we play there this June, ok? Hey, anything can happen... PLAY BALL!

-Nato & the BDB

*it will be somewhat easy to reign triumphant over the Brewers this year, unfortunately for me

**Twins should be allright. We made a song for Byung-ho Park... it will be posted in the next update!