It’s all happening, Spafford.
If the buzz surrounding Spafford isn’t enough to tell you there is something special happening here, go see them play. I was lucky enough to catch them at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and they blew me away. I purposely went to see them blind. I had never listened to their stuff before. I was told to catch the show when I was down at Fools Paradise (read our review of the festival) in St. Augustine. It’s the first time that I’ve heard this much buzz about a relatively unknown band (at least for me) and now I know why. My two-hour drive down to Brooklyn was well worth it. I did a little research before the show and found out that they were from Arizona (despite Google) Spafford has nothing to do with the town in upstate New York.
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Spafford’s style is eclectic, at points it felt like the Disco Biscuits, then it felt more like Phish, then it felt more like Incubus, then by the end you realize that it felt like Spafford. I agree with the hype that Spafford is the future of jam music and it gives us jam fans a refreshing take on the music we love. It was awesome hearing their original music and then seeing what they could do with songs we’ve heard before. (Mad World? Hello!?)
I’m excited to learn more about how these four musicians came to play so organically together, their ability to create improvisational moments that blow you away shows us just how well they jive with one another. I look forward to seeing what’s to come of them, there is no doubt after experiencing them live that they are the next big deal for Jam music. Four humble dudes on the cusp of greatness and you can feel the excitement around them.
The show itself was high energy throughout. The jams were forward moving and funky, just the way we like them. Nothing felt drawn out or unnecessary, it was purposeful and on point. They jam, and they jam hard. The music made you happy. The energy circulating the venue was exciting and amplified when special guest, Todd Stoops came out to shred keys on “Ain’t That Wrong” the fans felt everything and smiles were everywhere. The music carries you, even a first timer like me, immediately sank into the grooves, dancing with my whole body. When my face starts dancing that’s when I know its funky and my face was definitely dancing. I’m officially a “Spaffnerd,” as fans endearingly refer to themselves.
After the show, I was able to meet them and I can tell you that something must be in that Arizona water because they exude confidence. They know they are each incredibly talented musicians, but they also exude humility, the kind that comes with being a relatively new band. As a package, you can see that they are grateful and excited for what’s on the horizon. I have a feeling that years from now I’ll be bragging about my first Spafford show at a music hall in Brooklyn.
04/13/17 | Music Hall of Williamsburg| Brooklyn, NY
I: Slip & Squander, All In, Electric Taco Stand, Diana, Feel Like a Stranger&, Ain't That Wrong*
II: In the Eyes of Thieves, Mad World^, Funkadelic > Galisteo Way, Beautiful Day > Leave the Light On
Encore: America% > The Reprise
Notes: & The Grateful Dead
*with Todd Stoops
^ Tears for Fears
with full band freeze fake out