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Nina Diaz is a force to be reckoned with. She exudes raw sexuality, classic femininity, and tough-chick cool. She and her backing band delivered a sweat-drenched, high energy performance at Lowbrow Palace Saturday night. Her show was a breath of fresh air. Not only is her voice strong, resonant, and powerful, she herself is the picture of confidence. She is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and portrays that with the utmost style, fun, and grace.

She is the former front woman of San Antonio-based rock band Girl in a Coma. The queen of badass herself, Joan Jett, was so impressed with Diaz’ vocal performance at a show, that she immediately signed the band to her label, Blackheart Records.  After her El Paso performance, it s little wonder the maven of cool took such an interest.

Heading up a five piece band, Diaz belted out an eclectic array of songs at Saturday’s show. Hard rock stalwarts and a handful of panty-/ boxer-dropping ballads made up the bulk of Diaz’ set. Backed by Austin Valentine (bass), Jorge Gonzalez (drums), Jaime Ramirez (keyboard), and Travis Vela (guitar), Diaz is every cool girl’s idol.

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Diaz proved her songwriting ability as well, offering up a variety of styles. A couple of blues-driven, rock-based number fueled the performance, as well as a great cover of INXS’ seminal love song, “Never Tear Us Apart.”  The band even launched into Ritchie Valens’ swoon-worthy “Sleepwalk” as an intro to one of Diaz’ originals.

Diaz puts on one hell of a good show and is undoubtedly securing a place for herself in the often fickle and unpredictable indie music scene. Be on the lookout for her upcoming album later this year!



Text: Denise Nelson-Prieto | Photos: Courtesy of Nina Diaz

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