Banda Macho!

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

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy Birthday, Spam! (Summer Update)

Hello all, it's been about a month since we shared some news with ya, so why not celebrate the 79th birthday of Spam (born July 5th, 1937) with a website update? Yeah!

First, hang tight for that Live At Grumpy's lp/cd release! It's juuuuust around the corner. What a relief it will be to finally have it out! The record release party/events will be announced soon as well. My magic 8-Ball tells me August is the month...

Second, hello The West! We're touring all over in those parts in August and September, and of course playing Awesome Fest 10 too, so San Diego will SHAKE! From Omaha to Denver to the Pacific Northwest to San Diego to Arizona to Montana to home again, that's our route. Some of the dates are now up on the right-hand side of this page, so check 'em out! A few more will be announced asap.

(P.S.I'm just throwing it out there: if you'd like to bring Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band to your town, and you live in the central northern Rockies... get at us. We have a couple spare dates we can work with!)

New Alternative Music Fest - go to NAMF this September in Asbury Park!

New Alternative Music Fest (NAMF) is an INCREDIBLE three-day music festival put on by Don Giovanni Records (but not limited to only DG bands, naturally) in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It's from Friday September 16th thru Sunday September 18th, and Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band is playing Saturday September 17th. You REALLY want to be at this. Screaming Females, P.S. Eliot, Tenement, Downtown Boys, Mikey Erg, Shellshag, and many many more bands and artists are going to make this arguably the most epic, far-reaching and visionary of fests. Get your three-day passes now!

That's all for now, folks, but when we have concrete Live At Grumpy's release party plans, you'll know as soon as I do!

Salud,

-Nato

Now enjoy this picture of us playing "Earth Angel" as Marvin Berry's backing band at our friends' Billy and Paige's wedding. I still can't believe it!


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 - ...day 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!

Salud,

-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.