Live Band Karaoke is February 21st at Grumpy's DT in Mpls! Send requests to

Live Band Karaoke is February 21st at Grumpy's DT in Mpls! Send requests to

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Update

Hi everybody in Blue Diamond Land, hope you're all well and having some fun out there as the weather gets tolerable and people in Minnesota go CRAZY when the thermometer hits 50 degrees F...

Although we have taken a few weeks off from playing shows, starting with the last weekend in March, we begin a string of weekends where we have shows at least one day of every weekend until June! Pretty crazy. So make sure you keep checking the SHOWS over on the right-hand side of the page.

We're playing Winter's Over Music Fest in Abercrombie, North Dakota! It's April 24th and 25th, and we play on the 24th. Get your weekend passes now! Tons of great bands, too. Here's the website:

More: although they aren't listed on this page because all the details still need to be worked out, right here in the beautiful Twin Cities, we're playing two excellent music festivals in early May. The weekend of May 8th and 9th, we are playing the ridiculous and morbid One Last Party punk rock fest, put together by Jesse Thorson of The Slow Death to honor the upcoming "death" and "funeral" of his bandmate Dave Strait. Here's the link to the proper facebook page: Punk rock fans, I HIGHLY encourage you to attend this thing. Look at that goddamn lineup! Jesse is a genius, and an idiot! He got Radon. RADON. Bow down to him.

And every May, northeast Mpls has a neighborhood festival called Art-A-Whirl. Multiple venues, all within walking distance, hosting myriad bands... including Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band! We're playing the show at the Indeed Brewery on Saturday May 16th. The lineup has leaked, so if you're chomping at the bit to see who else is playing, go do your homework! I haven't been told to post anything yet other than that we are playing, so I'm not gonna!

This June, we're touring east, and our main goal? Ottawa Explosion! Guess what city it's in? Yep! The Blue Diamond Band will cross our first international border, and we're gonna have a blast and donuts and beer! Ottawa Explosion is an insanely cool fest with tons of rock'n'roll of the punk/garage/power-pop flavor, and we are honored to play. Check out the website! We'll also be playing cities in the east Midwest, all the way to NYC and Boston. So, keep an eye out, old weird America!

Our Grumpy's residency went wonderfully! Thanks to everyone who came out to it. The bar has assured me that we will be back next February if we want, so lock that one down on your 2016 calendar.

Last thing: baseball is back, Opening Day is coming up... Let's go to a game sometime!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Sing Any Of These Songs With Us At Live Band Karaoke!

Didn't get your requests for a song emailed in time? Here are the songs that you can request for us to play the night of Live Band Karaoke!

Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
Compulsive Gamblers - Stop And Think It Over
Cortez The Killer - I'm A Shark
CCR - Bad Moon Rising
CCR - Cottonfields
Descendents - Bikeage
Dillinger Four - Folk Song
Steve Earle - The Devil's Right Hand
Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything
Tom Petty - The Apartment Song
Tom Petty - Straight Into Darkness
Pogues - Streams Of Whiskey
Prince (or Cyndi Lauper) - When You Were Mine
Ramones - Cretin Hop
Reigning Sound - You Aren't As Pretty
Replacements - Bastards Of Young
Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait
Replacements - Waitress In The Sky
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Bruce Springsteen - I'm Going Down
Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet - Is Anybody Going To San Antone?
Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation
Thin Lizzy - Running Back
Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song
Thin Lizzy - Don't Believe A Word

...and if you've ever seen us cover a song that isn't on this list, talk to me!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Huge Big Update (Live Album, Grumpy's DT Residency, Karaoke, and more)

Hi everybody, here we are in mid-late January with a HUGE BIG UPDATE for y'all! It's been awhile since I updated this website, so this is going to be quite a news dump, as they say. As you probably know if you've been keeping up to any extent on us, we've been playing all the time. All. The. Time. It rules! And we're not about to let our foot off the pedal. Check out the massively updated SHOWS section on the right to see when we're next to be heading your way.

Live Album:
First big item: we're recording a live album! We'll be recording it at our Grumpy's DT residency in February. A little more info... Over the years, we've played a number of songs from older bands of mine (Used Kids, Radio Faces, even Modern Machines), as well as had a certain number of songs by other artists and bands creep into our setlists on the semi-regular. We'd never put any of these on a studio album. But we feel like there should be a Blue Diamond Band version of this batch of tunes, too. We've decided therefore that these songs - since they are currently only performed live - should be the foundation of a live record, a high-quality, high-energy live LP/full-length.

Grumpy's Residency:
And as the title of this update says, we're doing a residency at downtown Grumpy's in Minneapolis all February long. Every Saturday night, we'll be playing two sets, along with some special guest bands from around the way who we love rockin' with. Check out the SHOWS section for the details.

Live Band Karaoke: 
On the third Saturday of February - the 21st - we will be reviving Live Band Karaoke (hosted by D.J. Sinclair!), so get ready to sing, dance, and party - with the Blue Diamond Band as your backing band! Here's how it works, if you are unfamiliar:
1. You pick two or three songs that you might like to sing, and email them to We recommend picking songs that you might not be able to sing at a "regular" karaoke night. Past examples would be the Dead Milkmen, the Hulk Hogan Theme Song, the Ramones, NOFX, that sort of thing. Oh, and be sure to specify if you need to sing earlier or later in the night, as there will be two sets.
2. Once we get your requests, we'll pick the one that best suits this format, and we'll let you know which one we'll learn for ya.
3. Then, when it's Live Band Karaoke night, just come on down and wait for your name to be called, because...
4. When your name is called, come up to the stage area, join Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band, grab a microphone, and sing your request while we perform the song live!
It's always awesome, trust me. This is the fourth or fifth time we've done this. We also have a number of covers that we just know, and these will be posted all around the room on the night of February 21st. If you want to sing one of these, let D.J. Sinclair know. Even if you made a request via email, we might be able to get you a second song for the night, if you pick it off the list!

The future is here. Follow Nato Coles on Twitter! @NatoColes. We're still writing new songs, learning them, bashing them into decent shape... another proper album is definitely in the works, though not until after our planned live LP. No major tours until late spring, but plenty of regional weekend stuff is coming up. Keep checking this website! I'll update the SHOWS section regularly. We do have one more piece of big news to announce in not-so-long from now, but at the moment I'm going to keep it under wraps.

Also, some of you might recall the photo of Taylor Swift in the December issue of Lucky Magazine in which Promises To Deliver is visible, photobombing the scene?

Again, this was a real photo. It was taken at Co-Op 87 Records in Brooklyn. Well, I finally got around to a proper response. So, here ya go! And stay tuned, because 2015 is going to be a very exciting year for Blue Diamond Land!

Naters gonna Nate Nate Nate Nate Nate. Cheers!