Buenos Diaz @10:30pm – No cover. 21+ only
Alter ego of Austin’s Nick Diaz, Buenos Diaz turned quite a few heads in Texas with 2015’s Urbanized New Wave Texican, an EP whose title said it all. Its full-length followup, released late last year, is simply titled Buenos Diaz and is just as descriptive. That’s about how fast the singer and songwriter has created his own distinctive aesthetic, yoking his prodigious guitar skills to an impressive array of styles: Lenny Kravitz-inspired funk rock, classic brown-eyed soul, and fuzzy power-pop gems like “1 2 3 4” and “San Fransymphony.” If you really want to know where Diaz’s heart lies, however, look no further than the big-hearted ballad “It Feels Good to Be a Texan” — or the closing track, “Muneca,” seven-plus minutes that maintains a jazzy groove as Diaz’s guitar explores places even Frank Zappa might never have imagined.
~Chris Gray, HOUSTON PRESS