Banda Macho!

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

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 - venue tba
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!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Karaoke List, Etc.

Hey there, hope you're well. It's been about a month since I posted an update here, and I wouldn't want you to think we were just sitting around, twiddling our thumbs!

First off, the Grumpy's DT residency has been going just fine as usual! These are always so cool. We're coming right up on Live Band Karaoke night - here are the songs you can request to sing the night of karaoke without having to email a request (sorry, no more requests are being accepted - we're all booked up):

John Anderson - Seminole Wind
The Band - I Shall Be Released
The Band - The Weight
The Beatles - Oh Darling
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown
Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Who'll Stop The Rain?
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues

Cyndi Lauper - Money Changes Everything
Exploding Hearts - Modern Kicks
Exploding Hearts - I'm A Pretender
Stevie Nicks w/ Tom Petty - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Listen To Her Heart
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Apartment Song
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Rebels
Pogues - Streams Of Whiskey
Prince - When You Were Mine
Ramones - Cretin Hop
Real Kids - All Kindsa Girls
Replacements - Bastards Of Young
Replacements - Achin' To Be
Replacements - Can't Hardly Wait
Replacements - Left Of The Dial
Replacements - Treatment Bound
Reigning Sound - You Aren't As Pretty
Rolling Stones - Jumpin' Jack Flash
Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City
Bruce Springsteen - I'm Goin' Down
Them - Here Comes The Night
Thin Lizzy - The Cowboy Song
Thin Lizzy - Runnin' Back To You
Undertones - Teenage Kicks

I make no promises that we will play these songs perfectly, but I do promise that we will be able to make it all the way through any of these! And that's 9/10ths of the battle.

(And of course, you could request any of our songs to sing. But would that be weird? That might be weird. "Rudes And Cheaps" wouldn't be TOO weird...!)

Our next full-length, Live At Grumpy's, has unfortunately run into delays at the pressing plant due to the increasing - rebounding? - popularity of vinyl. Look for an official announcement in early Spring 2016. ADD Records is handling the vinyl, Rum Bar is releasing it on CD. It may turn out that the CD version comes out a little earlier... or not!

We have many exciting things bubbling under the surface for April and May (a show with a power pop legend... a show with a legendary alt-country band...), so stay tuned, but in the meantime, see you at Grumpy's, eh? Make the Sunfly proud!