Red Light Management

Spafford

Artist Bio

On New Year’s Eve in 2009, guitarist Brian Moss and bassist Jordan Fairless joined up to play a show in their home state of Arizona and ring in a new decade. Moss and Fairless had been playing the same open mic nights and after their first successful joint effort decided to team up and officially form a band: Spafford. After playing shows in their home state, the pair found themselves on the hunt for a new partner to help them round out their group. They found keyboard player Red Johnson, and on the following New Year’s Eve asked him to voyage out to Las Vegas. Johnson agreed, and has been with the band ever since. Now, with drummer Cameron Laforest, the band brings their vibrant, dynamic music to the world at large and pushes the boundaries of what a jam band can be.

Spafford is known for their astonishing improvisational ability, which they’ll use to play live off the cuff extended jams. Each song is a blank canvas, and Spafford paints a picture in real time each night with a musical palette known only to each other. It’s a private language comprised of their talent as musicians, and of their formidable catalog of influences – ranging from Steely Dan, to electronic acts like The Crystal Method, to 90’s alt rock radio hits. Every show is a sonic pilgrimage – the journey of a team of musicians so in tune with each other that a single note communicates intent and purpose.

Even though the band thrives off the electric pulse of live shows, the same energy also translates into their studio efforts. Their 2018 release “For Amusement Only” hits to the heart of Spafford – tight, inventive, and dexterous musicianship coupled with clever retro-pop inspired songwriting. Songs like “Leave The Light On” highlight their influences – from the melodic styles of Alanis Morissette to the rhythmic bounce of Bob Marley. Other tracks like “Ain’t That Wrong” and “Slip and Squander” are rich with other signature Spafford signs: vibrant vocal harmonies, complex and catchy arrangements, and sparkling, powerful performances.

Since forming, Spafford has achieved what some groups only dream of. The group is in high demand at music festivals like Bonnaroo and Firefly and consistently play sold out shows across the United States. After the successful release of “For Amusement Only” in 2018, they are eager to play new songs and evolve their sound on the road.

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Tour Dates

Dec 22 2019
Bunkhouse Saloon
Las Vegas, NV
Dec 27 2019
The Roxy Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 28 2019
The Roxy Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
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Dec 30 2019
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
Dec 31 2019
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA
Jan 15 2020
White Oak Music Hall
Houston, TX
Jan 16 2020
Antone's Nightclub
Austin, TX
Jan 17 2020
Antone's Nightclub
Austin, TX
Jan 18 2020
Trees
Dallas, TX
Jan 19 2020
House of Blues New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
Jan 22 2020
Vinyl Music Hall
Pensacola, FL
Jan 23 2020
The Orpheum
Tampa, FL
Jan 24 2020
Culture Room
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Jan 25 2020
1904 Music Hall
Jacksonville, FL
Jan 28 2020
Saturn
Birmingham, AL
Jan 29 2020
Proud Larry's
Oxford, MS
Jan 30 2020
Bijou Theatre
Knoxville, TN
Jan 31 2020
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA
Feb 01 2020
Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA
Feb 03 2020
The Blind Tiger
Greensboro, NC
Feb 05 2020
9:30
Washington, DC
Feb 06 2020
Royale
Boston, MA
Feb 07 2020
Brooklyn Bowl
Kings County, NY
Feb 08 2020
Brooklyn Bowl
Kings County, NY
Feb 09 2020
Brooklyn Bowl
Kings County, NY
Feb 28 2020
Ullrs Tavern
Winter Park, CO
Feb 29 2020
Ullrs Tavern
Winter Park, CO
Mar 01 2020
Ullrs Tavern
Winter Park, CO
Mar 04 2020
Mesa Theater
Grand Junction, CO
Mar 06 2020
10 Mile Music Hall
Frisco, CO
Mar 07 2020
10 Mile Music Hall
Frisco, CO
Mar 10 2020
Schmiggity's Live Music & Dance Bar
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mar 11 2020
Schmiggity's Live Music & Dance Bar
Steamboat Springs, CO
Mar 13 2020
Belly Up Aspen
Aspen, CO
Mar 14 2020
Sheridan Opera House
Telluride, CO
Mar 17 2020
Park City Live
Park City, UT
Mar 19 2020
Knotty Pine
Victor, ID
Mar 20 2020
Rialto Bozeman
Bozeman, MT
Mar 21 2020
Top Hat
Missoula, MT
Mar 22 2020
The Hive
Sandpoint, ID
Mar 24 2020
The Shakedown
Bellingham, WA
Mar 26 2020
Wonder Ballroom
Portland, OR
Mar 27 2020
Volcanic Theatre Pub
Bend, OR
Mar 28 2020
Neumos
Seattle, WA
Apr 01 2020
Humboldt Brews
Arcata, CA
Apr 04 2020
Bunkhouse Saloon
Las Vegas, NV