Charles Smith Wines presents the Rhythm & Vine Concert Series at 3Ten, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Austin Music Foundation. Our final installment will feature Diamond Smugglers.
Austin’s Diamond Smugglers played their first show on a Monday night in 1995 at the legendary Hole in the Wall – on a dare from the club. As mid-90’s Austin fate would have it, members of REM were in attendance, and word spread quickly about the joke band with a demented take on Diamond’s catalog, as well as somewhat NC-17, “Neil’d” interpretations of Motorhead, Nirvana, and Billy Joel classics.
The band headlined the closing SXSW Sunday night shows for nearly a decade, and one of those rousing performances helped to land a road stint opening for Tenacious D in 2001. In 2006 the band was featured on an episode of Veronica Mars. The twisted concept even proved popular with several members of the actual Neil Diamond’s touring band, who once walked a few blocks down from the Erwin Center to attend a Smugglers gig at Club Deville.
Although unofficially semi-retired in 2012, the Diamond Smugglers are back by popular demand for special appearances, ironic reunion tours, and Bar Mitzvahs. They will bring their unique Holiday Extravaganza to Austin’s 3TEN ACL Live on December 21st, 8pm.