Saturday, April 15, 2023
Wild Child and Próxima Parada
Acclaimed Austin-based powerhouse songwriting duo and indie band Wild Child, composed of Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins, are back and touring again, stopping by D.C.’s legendary 9:30 Club on Saturday, April 15 with band Próxima Parada as opener.
Tickets ($22) aren’t sold out yet — It’s the club’s early show of the night; doors open at 6 PM.
Wild Child recently went on a break from touring, as they headed in different directions – Wilson joined group Glorietta, as well as premiering her solo project, Sir Woman (Austin Music Awards’ Best New Act of 2020). Beggins went by Coco Zani and released his first solo album, As Simple As A Dream. The band got back together in 2020 after pandemic lockdown and put on a series of online performances, as well as began the process of writing their fifth album, End of the World. “We didn’t know if we would make another record. It just came together,” Beggins said.
The duo has had many years of experience in the music scene with a musical partnership for over a decade. Wild Child is complete with drummer and guitarist Tom Meyers, guitarist Cody Ackors, and bassist and piano player Taylor Craft (Sir Woman). They arrived at The Echo Lab with studio time running short, and an “unwashed rendition of End of the World flushed with in-the-moment angst” was the result. ‘There’s no ukulele. I’m singing differently than I ever have before,’ Wilson said. ‘You can hear my voice crack, and all the energy behind everyone playing. That set the tone. There were no boundaries. We were back to how it was on Day One. We were making this music because we really needed to make it for ourselves.”
See their great show soon, as they are joined by Próxima Parada (‘Next Stop’ in Spanish/Portuguese), a band made from a group of friends whose songs invite you “to the present moment, a reminder to not be too focused on the destination and to appreciate every stop along the way.” The group has already reached a global audience, and 2023 will bring them “strongest album to date” and much touring.
Wild Child: wildchildsounds.com
Próxima Parada: proximaparadamusic.com
Find more upcoming 9:30 events at 930.com.
Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.