If I had a a dollar for every time someone at a show told me about this up-and-coming jam band called Spafford that caught them off guard with an impressive set, I’d definitely have enough money to buy a 4-pack of tickets to their show tomorrow at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Armed with an arsenal of talented young musicians and backed by the reputable Live for Live Music, Arizona’s Spafford has quickly emerged to the forefront of young, influential jam bands in today’s music scene.
Comprised of Brian Moss (guitar), Jordan Fairless (bass), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys), and Nick Tkachyk (drums), Spafford was formed in 2009 after Fairless and Moss performed at several open mics together around Phoenix. “Improv is the most important” Fairless tells L4LM in an interview, “From a selfish perspective, I don’t want to be in a band that goes city-to-city playing the same setlist and programmed show every night.” Since day one, the band has placed a particular emphasis on improvisation, and is well-known for constructing jams on stage that extend beyond 20 minutes. For that music enthusiast who hunts a live experience that simply cannot be replicated, Spafford was built for you. What’s more, there’s something special about catching a great band in their earliest years. In Vegas, Spafford would be a favored bet to deliver that experience.
Tomorrow night marks the band’s third time in New York City, and will be their first two-set performance in New York. Spafford’s previous two shows were back-to-back performances at American Beauty with The Magic Beans during Phish’s 2016 MSG run. Chicago’s Mungion will deliver an opening set before Spafford hits – doors open at 8pm and the show kicks off at 9pm. Tickets can still be purchased here, and stay tuned for our show review!