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Spafford

Artist Bio

Spafford has solidified themselves  among the most creative and hard-traveled bands on the contemporary jam scene. Pairing complex compositions with extended improvisations, the rousing energy of the Southwest-based quartet — Brian Moss (guitar, vocals), Jordan Fairless (bass, vocals), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys, vocals), and Nick Tkachyk(drums, vocals) — is matched by their outstanding talent, versatility of playing styles, and extensive catalogue of original music and innovative covers. Each Spafford show is a sensory expedition of extended jams—an interplay of lights, tones, cascading melodies, and balance that carries a ceaselessly-dancing crowd through the night.

Underscoring a meteoric rise since their start in 2010, the Huffington Post proclaimed “Spafford is the latest buzzword in the jam-band scene . . . Their sound is like everything and nothing you’ve heard before, making them one of the next big things happening in improvisational music today.” (Huffington Post, 2017).

Spafford is remarkable for demonstrating mastery in the art of anticipation, seamless transitions, intoxicating crescendos, and sublime peaks. Their off-the-cuff extended jams create an unpredictable and unforgettable musical experience that Relix attributed to “a wide swath of influences and keen improvisational cohesion . . . all four members of Spafford have ample room to stretch their wings onstage . . . And Spafford pride themselves on being able to chameleon between mid-sized clubs, large festivals and historic venues like Red Rocks.” (Relix, 2019).

Spafford’s discography includes an eclectic mix of studio (e.g. Spafford [2012]; For Amusement Only [2018]; The Gaff Tapes [2019]), live (e.g. Live Vol. 1-3 [2015, 2016, 2020]; A Taste of Fall [2017]; Live at the Drive-In [2020]), and improvisational works (e.g. Abaculus [2017]; Chapel Jam [2019]; Big Field Sessions [2021]). The band is also keen on making video and audio recordings of many of their live shows available shortly after each event, to the delight of their large and growing fanbase.

Featured tour highlights in support of their studio albums include their 2014 Southwest tour, 2016 breakout tour, 2017 tour with Umphrey’s McGee, 2018 For Amusement Only tour, and a 40-show winter tour across the U.S. in 2019. Spafford has graced the stages of many national festivals including at Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, Firefly, High Sierra, Levitate, Peach, and Lockn’, among many others. Additionally, Spafford has collaborated with the likes of Karl Denson (Rolling Stones, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe); Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits); Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee); and Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) during the tenure of their illustrious career.

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Tour Dates

Aug 03 2021
The Basement East
Nashville, TN
Aug 04 2021
The Basement East
Nashville, TN
Aug 20 2021
Summer Camp Music Festival 2021
Chillicothe, IL
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Aug 26 2021
Mulberry Mountain Lodging & Events
Ozark, AR
Sep 01 2021
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa
Stateline, NV
Sep 02 2021
Sculpture Park
Denver, CO
Oct 01 2021
Teragram Ballroom
Los Angeles, CA
Oct 02 2021
Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA
Oct 07 2021
Bottleneck
Lawrence, KS
Oct 08 2021
Fine Line Music Cafe
Minneapolis, MN
Oct 09 2021
The Majestic Theatre
Madison, WI
Oct 13 2021
Grog Shop
Cleveland, OH
Oct 14 2021
The Vogue
Indianapolis, IN
Oct 15 2021
Magic Stick
Detroit, MI
Oct 16 2021
Headliners Music Hall
Louisville, KY
Oct 20 2021
Charleston Pour House - Main Stage
Charleston Heights, SC
Oct 23 2021
The Orange Peel
Asheville, NC
Oct 26 2021
Jefferson Theater
Charlottesville, VA
Oct 27 2021
HMAC - Capitol Room
Harrisburg, PA
Oct 28 2021
Buffalo Iron Works
Buffalo, NY
Oct 29 2021
The KING of CLUBS
Columbus, OH
Oct 30 2021
Intersection Lounge
Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 03 2021
Wooly's
Des Moines, IA
Nov 06 2021
Park West
Chicago, IL

News

05/24/2020

Spafford Livestream Tonight – Sunday, May 24th!

Live at the Drive-In 10pm ET https://www.spafford.net/  

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05/06/2020

Spafford Livestream Tonight – Wednesday, May 6th!

Video Premiere: 1/23/20 | Tampa, FL | The Orpheum | Set One Spafford has announced that they will release the entire first set of their Tampa. FL show at The…

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04/15/2020

Spafford Livestream Tonight – Wednesday, April 15th!

Video Premiere: 3/6/20 | 10 Mile Music Hall | Frisco, CO | Set II 8pm ET https://www.facebook.com/spaffordmusic/

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