Nina Diaz made her first Los Angeles debut of her solo project at the Levitt Pavilion sponsored by BMI Summer Nights in MacArthur Park. Abuelitas sat on a granite rock waiting for the show to start. My sometimes-morbid kin folk came strolling in wearing their Morrisey, Smiths, Bauhaus, and Dandy Warhol shirts standing coolly in the grassy knoll waiting for the show to start. The prerequisites of life were present in the park including elotes, paletas and of course tamales. Some Rampart boys with loaded rifles cruised in the park in their black and white Charger keeping an eye on some shifty Kats downing their forties under a large tree next to the crumbly concrete fence on Wilshire. The park was full of life with youngsters running around. Twosomes talking and walking with their babies in their buggies as the stone and glass giants rose just east of the park in downtown.
As Nina ran up on stage, the hard core Diaz and GIAC fans that I have seen at the shows at the Echoplex came up to the edge of the stage. Next to the mic stand there was a little container of bear honey and a small spray bottle. As Nina Diaz began to sing you could tell her voice was badly strained from tearing it up at Alex’s Bar the night before. A few songs into her set the show was over she could not continue she started to unplug her guitar pedals. She took a few questions including one about her favorite tattoo and gave some hugs. Can’t wait until she heals up and does another show in Los Angeles. Diaz was such a trooper for showing up with hurt vocal cords. She is a class act and a trooper.
© Guillermo Prieto 2014