Banda Macho!

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Small Late May Bulletin

Hi everybody! Hope you're beating the heat, keeping hydrated (I prefer to stay "hopdrated" myself, but hydrated works too), and in general having a good entry into summer. We've been laying just a little low lately, but not too low - and we've got a ton of new shows listed as of today, so check those out! Lots of good summer parties in the Upper Midwest.

In new album news... stay tuned. We've been saying this for months but without warning, at any moment, the album release details will be announced!

So, keep checking the shows, keep an eye on our social media and all that stuff, and we hope to see you all out there soon. Salud!


Monday, February 5, 2018

February 2018 Update - Nato at Awesome Fest, album news, more

Hey there, everyone - I know it's been quite some time since we updated this thing, so I wanted to check in and let you know that we are still out here, keeping jive alive and rock'n'roll's heart is still beating! Hope you've been well.

We're mixing our 2nd full-length, and figuring out which songs to put on it and which ones to leave off. These are tough decisions! If you've seen us live in the past year, you've probably heard six or seven of the ten or so tunes that will make the album - but I guarantee you that we have some new stuff to drop on even our most devoted showgoing fans! Stay tuned.

Although we don't have any full band shows coming up soon, I - Nato Coles, at your service - have several solo and/or Coles/Beer (with Sam) shows coming up, including a couple sets at Awesome Fest in San Diego! I'll update this website as soon as I have the details of when/where I'll be playing. And Mike and Bill's other band - The Chinchees - are playing, too! They play on Sunday. If you don't have your passes yet, you better get 'em! And they've just announced that a limited number (fewer than 30!) one day passes are available too. Get 'em!

Ok, that's a wrap for now. It's good to shake the cobwebs off of this old website, huh? Cheers!

-Nato & the Blue Diamond Band

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

News For September Gurls (and everyone else)

Hello, folks!

I know it's been quite awhile since we had some news for you, so I'm happy to say it's finally time to announce a pretty big piece of news:


That's right - it's in the can*! So, within the next couple of weeks, we'll follow up with a little bit more information on the whole process, but rest assured, although the wait is not over, the big push is over and all that remains is the process of getting our tunes into your hands, ears, and the music centers of your brains! (And wherever else you choose to experience them! We don't presume to tell you what to do with our stuff, except no white supremacist action, ok?)

We've also got a few local rock'n'roll parties coming up. In Minneapolis, our only *official* show is our regular appearance at Indeed Brewery's Hullabaloo party on October 14th... however, stay tuned, because very soon we will be announcing a TRUE BANGER of a show for November here in the Twin Cities! Trust me, you'll want to be at this one.

Now, as it's September, it's also worth noting that Gainesville Fest is coming up, as it always does. Well, sad to say, this year the Blue Diamond Band will not be appearing at that sainted party - we chose to take a break this year. However, do be sure to catch Sam Beer's other band Dingus... and all the usual and unusual suspects! And while you're there, take a moment to raise a lukewarm plastic cup of PBR towards the direction of Minneapolis... and we'll raise one of those ridiculous Mpls-size shots in the direction of Gainesville back atcha!

Last thing: you may be aware that Mike Cranberry and Bill Rohla play in the excellent punk rock band The Chinchees, based out of Minneapolis (naturally). Recently, they finished a music video for their song "Your Life Is A Waiting Room". Watch it - it's amazing! Space-age post-apocalyptic hi-jinks (and a dog!)... CLICK TO WATCH!

Allright, have fun out there - be excellent to each other!

Cheers - Nato

*as in, 'completed', not as in 'the toilet'