It was a busy weekend for Spafford in Colorado. First, on Thursday night, the band made their debut at The Ogden in Denver. The following night, they headed to Fort Collins for a Friday evening show at The Aggie that featured a guest spot from Greensky Bluegrass’s Dave Bruzza. On Saturday, the band rounded out their Colorado stint with a special performance, open only to fans who grabbed the “All In” VIP package for the weekend.
With only the most fervent of fans in attendance, the band went the extra mile to make the intimate evening a special experience for those in the room. The first of the evening’s three sets saw the band go acoustic in addition to debuting some new material. After opening the show with a duet cover of “Stuck In The Middle With You” performed by guitarist Brian Moss and bassist Jordan Fairless (on the djembe), the rest of the band joined in for stripped down runs through “Leave The Light On”, “Hollywood”, and a new Pearl Jam-like “Untitled” song sung by Fairless. Moss followed up Jordan’s new original with one of his own, labeled as “The Evil Solo” on the Spaffnerds setlist. Finally, “Simon + Lily”, “Mad World”, and “The Remedy” closed out the opening acoustic set.
When the lights came down for the band’s second of three sets, they looked…different. Turns out, they were: To begin the set, Spafford’s tech crew came out to start playing. Gradually, the members of the band replaced the techs, and proceeded to lay down a 40+ minute improvisational exploration–as they’ve been known to do, most recently with their recent Echo Sessions performance and their all-improv album, Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience.
After thanking their crew and taking one final set break, the band returned for their third set of the night. This last set was pure-bred Spafford, as the band jammed through tried-and-true originals like “Seven”, “Walls”, “Dream Jam”, “Todd’s Tots” and “Levilan Shores”. Finally, the band closed things down with an appropriate cover of “After Midnight” for their encore, putting a final exclamation point on an unforgettable show, and an overall successful weekend for Spafford in the Rocky Mountain State.
Below, you can view a gallery of photos from Spafford’s memorable Globe Hall show courtesy of photographer Tara Gracer.
Listen to full audio of Spafford’s intimate Globe Hall performance courtesy of archive.org user BonoBeats:
Spafford’s tour continues on Tuesday, 11/14 with a performance at Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, WA. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to Spafford’s website.
SETLIST: Spafford | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 11/11/17
Set 1: Stuck In The Middle With You [ 1 ], Leave The Light On [ 2 ], Hollywood, Jordan’s Untitled Song [ 3 ], The Evil [ 4 ], Simon & Lily, Mad World, The Remedy
Set 2: Jam [ 5 ]
Set 3: Seven > Walls, Dream Jam > Todd’s Tots, Levilan Shores
Encore: After Midnight
[ 1 ]: Brian (Acoustic Guitar) + Jordan (Djembe)
[ 2 ]: Rest Of Set Full Band Acoustic
[ 3 ]: First Time Played, Jordan Solo on Guitar
[ 4 ]: First Time Played, Brian Solo
[ 5 ]: With: Jon Rose, Crew started jam, band replaced crew members one by one without break in play.
[Cover photo by Tara Gracer]