Great Energy! Próxima Parada opening for Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers at Chop Shop (October 15, 2022)

Próxima Parada, which means next stop in Spanish, are from San Luis Obispo, California. Having an opportunity to speak with the band prior to the show, they displayed such warmth and created a welcoming and relaxing environment. Their devotion to music and their fans was felt immediately and throughout the night. At the beginning of the evening, the lead singer, Nick Larson, picks up on the energy of someone in the audience in the front and instantly forms a connection with his fans.

His voice is fantastic, full of emotion, and resonates with everyone in the room. It is similar to the great soulful Leon Bridges. This is especially true on, “Time in a Circle”. “I decided to tear my house down / Now begins some reconstruction”. It’s a beautiful song and the crowd eats it up.

Larson at one point shares with the fans that two of the members had a crush on the same girl in college. So, they wrote a song about her titled, “Hannah Hannah”. The lead singer encourages everyone to shout out “Hannah” in the chorus, or any name they want to really. The lead guitarist says he likes to shout his own name. So, a large portion does just that, and yells “Josh,” which creates a connection among the fans. In another similar instance, Larson introduces a new song which they wrote in Spanish and when the audience passionately sings along, “me gusta” (the only part they knew), hecannot contain his laughter and acknowledges the love from their fans – a beautiful moment of the evening.

The lead guitarist, Josh Collins, makes great use of a talk box. He uses it well to create an excellent groove on stage that has everyone dancing along. Their energy makes them a great match to tour with Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.

Cost of a ticket: $30

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It +

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney

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