Spafford performed to a packed house on Thursday night at The Ogden Theatre in Denver. The show was the first of a three night run in Colorado, with The Aggie in Fort Collins on Friday and Denver’s Globe Hall on Saturday. “Spaffnerds” flew in from all over the country to make it to the opener and for good reason. The entire show was high energy from start to finish, with an extra something special in the air. With Spafford playing their largest room to date, it was an especially exciting experience for all. If last night’s attendance was any indication of Spafford’s presence among the scene, the rooms will presumably continue to increase in size very soon.
After Spafford’s VIP sound check jam, a part of the “All In” CID entertainment package, their first set included a funky “The Postman” opener, a crowd pleasing “Eternity”, and closed with a heartfelt “Spell Yourself” with a special sit in by Don Cheek who wrote the song. Don Cheek has a special relationship with the band, as he gave them their start in Arizona by offering them a New Year’s gig at Coyote Joe’s in Prescott in 2009. The sit-in was special and representative of the band’s eagerness to remember their roots–a sentiment mirrored in their decision to play a three-night New Year’s run in Phoenix to close 2017.
Second set included a dirty “Ain’t That Wrong,” with another special guest Nick Gerlach on saxophone. Gerlach stuck around for a funky rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City”. The song presented the opportunity for a guitar, sax, and keys battle, which inevitably lit the room up. The set closed with an always beautiful “Beautiful Day” into “Let it Be,” delivered by keyboardist Red.
You can listen to fan-recorded audio from the show below from teamikoiko:
Check out the full gallery below from photographer Bill McAlaine.
Setlist: Spafford | The Ogden Theatre | Denver, CO | 11/9/11
I: The Postman, My Road (My Road), Eternity, Diana, In the Eyes of Thieves, Spell Yourself*
II: Ain’t That Wrong^, Living for the City^$, Weasel, Aeroplane% > Salamander Song, Beautiful Day > Piano Outro! > Let It Be@! > Beautiful Day!
*With Don Cheek (Written by Don Cheek)
^Nick Gerlach on Sax