Banda Macho!

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

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Once more! February Residency At Grumpy's!

Hi everybody, it's the middle of January, it's cold outside even by Twin Cities standards, but it is with a warm heart and clear eyes and all that stuff that I am happy to announce yet another upcoming Saturday night residency at Grumpy's in downtown Minneapolis! We always have so much fun at these. Hell, last time around, we recorded a live album! It is our hope that we will have this available on LP for you at our residency finale on Saturday February 27th.

As usual, each night, the music will start at 10pm, with a short opening set by the Blue Diamond Band. Then, two of our friends' bands will play, and then finally at the end of the night the BDB comes back to close it down all raucous and radical... except for the night we do Live Band Karaoke! That night, it's just karaoke all night long. If you don't know how it works, here's the deal: you email two or three song requests to, the band picks the one that works best, and then on the night of Live Band Karaoke, when your name is called, YOU SING THE SONG! Backed by Nato Coles & the Blue Diamond Band! Oh, you can also specify whether you'd like to sing earlier or later in the night, as we will be doing two karaoke sets. Last, there is a "master list" of cover songs we know for whatever reason. If you've seen us play anytime in the past year or two, you probably can guess what some of them are, but others might surprise you! I'll post that list online a couple weeks before LBK night.

Here's the day-by-day breakdown...

Saturday February 6th will feature Lutheran Heat and The Boot!

Saturday February 13th will feature Diver Dress and Xerxes Palomino!

Saturday February 20th will feature Live Band Karaoke all night!

Saturday February 27th will likely be the release party for our live LP called Live At Grumpy's! And this last night of the residency features The Right Here and Mono In Stereo (IL - Rum Bar Records, ex-Mulligan Stu which is a band a couple of you probably remember...). We will also be performing a tribute set to Motorhead/Lemmy Kilmister!

Again, we're always so stoked to do these, and hope you can make it to one or two of them. They're always free, 21+, and they start at 10pm every Saturday night in February.

-Nato & the BDB

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Update/PTD Reissue Reviews

Howdy, folks! Over here in Blue Diamond Land, we've been working as usual on new songs and various projects. For example, on Friday, we're playing a Replacements tribute show at First Avenue (the main room, friends. The MAIN room!). Those songs don't learn themselves... not even "Treatment Bound"...

Live At Grumpy's is now on track for a late winter 2016 release on ADD Records. "Is there a chance the track could bend?" "Not on your life, my rocker friends!" Anyway, we're gettin' it done!

We've had some reviews of the Promises To Deliver deluxe reissue on Rum Bar come in as of late, and they're all pretty damn positive! Well, what I can I say... we like it, too. I've collected a few, for you to read/discuss:

Faster And Louder (scroll down to November 9th)

Jersey Beat (you'll need to scroll down a bit)

VERY in-depth review at Real Gone

Carolina Orange

Rat Boy '69

And finally, the track-by-track discussion of the CD I did with 53rd & 3rd

I had a great time writing that last one, by the way. I hope you check it out.

As winter approaches, we've got a ton of cool shows around the upper Midwest coming up, so look out for Earth Van chugging into your town! Emphasis on "chugging". Until next time, amigos!

-Nato & the BDB

Monday, October 26, 2015

Florida Time, Promises To Deliver re-release (with bonus tracks)...


Hello! As I type this, I'm about 18 hours away from getting on the airplane that'll take me to Florida for Fest 14 in Gainesville, PreFest 3 in Tampa, and PreFest Invasion 2 in St. Augustine. And that's quite a lineup of Festing! Check out the links:

Pre-Fest Invasion at Nobby's! (St. Augustine) - we play Wednesday night.

PreFest 3 in Ybor City (Tampa)! - we play Thursday at 4:10pm indoors at Tequila's.

Fest 14 (Gainesville)! - we play Sunday at 7:10pm at Durty Nelly's.


At Fest 14 (and PreFest 3), you'll be able to get your hands on something other than coozied PBR - that's right, Promises To Deliver has been rereleased by Rum Bar Records on compact disc! And not only is this the first official release of Promises on CD, we've added some bonus tracks for ya! We collected the songs from our Play Loud 7" and our split 7" with Your Pest Band, dredged up a never-heard-before outtake from Promises, and tacked on an early version of "Julie" featuring a backwards guitar solo. Trippy! 

So, click this link to our page at the Rum Bar website to get more info, and when the time comes, get your deluxe copy of Promises To Deliver at our merch table at Fest 14, or mailorder anytime from Rum Bar! Salud!