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Nina Diaz, Berahmand, Special Guests
November 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 11:45 pm| $10
Date of Event:Thursday 11/10/16 -presale tix available!
Age Restrictions:21 and over
Advanced Ticket Price:$10
Day of Show Ticket Price:$12
Nina Diaz has been hailed by NPR as “one of the two or three most
exciting, scary-good vocalists in rock today.” Nina Diaz entered the music
business at a young age and is the front person for the band Girl in a
Coma. At age 17, Nina and the band performed at New York’s Knitting
Factory as part of a taping for a television show. Joan Jett was in
attendance and was so impressed, that she signed GIAC to her label,
Blackheart Records, on the spot. The band’s 2007 debut album, Both
Before I’m Gone, was a critical hit with raves from Alternative Press
Magazine, the LA Weekly, Bust magazine, among many others, with the
album reaching No. 23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and No. 21 on
iTunes. Girl in a Coma went on to release three more albums and toured
the world opening for bands such as Sia, Smashing Pumpkins, Morrissey,
Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer and many more. The band’s most recent
album Exits & All the Rest was named to NPR’s 50 Favorite Albums of the
Nina’s distinctive voice and powerful live performances attracted
the attention of fans, producers and fellow artists. Nina collaborated
with Tiësto to co-write the dance track, “In Your Mind.” Director
Robert Rodriguez is such a fan of the band that he not only filmed an
impromptu music video when he first saw them perform at SXSW, but also
asked Nina Diaz and the band to compose a song for the climactic fight
scene in his movie, Machete.
Being a public performer at such an early age took a toll and Nina began
finding an outlet as she began writing new material that was all her
own. Nina launched her new solo project with a series of live concerts at
The Belmont in Austin, Texas. On the first night of the residency,
Nina fronted a five-piece band and performed this new material to a sold
out crowd. Since then she has performed to sold out crowds throughout
Texas as well as at Maverick Music Festival, Fiesta de la Flor, The
Austin Music Awards and opening weekend at the Tobin Center for the
Performing Arts. Her backing band, hand-picked by Nina to highlight her
new sound, includes Jorge Gonzalez (drums), Johnny Shrink (keys), Austin
Valentine (bass), and Travis Vela (guitar).
Nina Diaz’s solo debut album is scheduled to be released later this year.
Recording artists have the opportunity to create something that represents who they are and where they have been. On his full length LP, Empress, Berahmand does just that by sharing deeply moving lyrics, catchy melodies, and a plethora of sonic layers. It’s a difficult thing to try to put Berahmand into a category because there is so much freedom in his songwriting. This album has rock, blues, electronic, hip-hop, and alternative influences. My first time through the entire album I didn’t know what to expect, and it did not disappoint.
Last September I had the opportunity to catch my first Berahmand show after being introduced to his music. The entire time Berahmand was on stage I was waiting to see what was going to happen next. The band was incredible, the songs were powerful, and the show never stopped. His entire set was a seamless blend of songs and an honest exchange with the audience.
-Luke Neil, Sounds of PDX