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Proxima Parada With Sparrows Gate at SLO Brew

  • SLO Brew 1119 Garden St San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401 United States (map)

In February 2014, Próxima Parada, of San Luis Obispo, CA, ran an Indiegogo campaign that garnered overwhelming support, allowing them the opportunity to record and release their debut album, “Songs of Music,” in September 2014.

Infused with rhythmic variety, lyrical depth, and a strong sense of musical integrity, this four-piece band cites Ray Charles, The Wood Brothers, Bill Withers, and The Band as influences. With two lead singers and multiple songwriters, they have found their niche blending soul, blues, jazz and folk into a style all their own. They create anything from unadorned acoustic that captures the atmosphere of a summer morning to floor-stomping, dance numbers with enough passion to attract any open ears. These boys sing about what matters to them: paying homage to a band member's infectiously positive mom who lost the fight with breast cancer or putting music to a poem that fell from grandma’s hands the day after her husband passed. Then throw in a song of pure joy, “Porch Stompin’.”

It all began with the discovery of freedom, way back when. The band formed as a result of a moan, murmur, sigh, and desperate whimper, sounds heard all the way down to the Mississippi Delta, still shining like a National guitar.

On this one divine evening, the Gods poured gilded gold down from the heavens until they fashioned the hands of Bryson Bailey. Taking his first breath, he laughed. With a sigh of agreeable relief, they completed their most perfect gift for Earth, Kevin Middlekauff, with whom they endowed the patience of the great bald eagle, along with his fierce talons, which made plucking strings a markedly difficult task. A warm banjo strummed faintly off in the distance, and a swarm of bees buzzed around a Kansas meadow. Sweet white honey splashed onto a duck pond, and thus the Andy Olson was concocted. As he breached the surface, Andy found he was naked, and he liked that, so he remained so. Alas, the Gods discarded the remains to the dry lowlands, and the jumble that fused together upon an unforgiving collision created many a Nick Larson, bleak and pathetic souls indeed.

Not before long, the boys were men and the silence turned to harmony. Próxima Parada, the amalgamation of the five regions of Nether united under one common goal, was erected in January of 2012, which the world would soon decide to call year 0.