Photo Credit: Ojeda Photography
On Thursday, Sept. 14, Spafford arrived at The Back Room at Colectivo in Milwaukee, Wis. After kicking off night one with a genre-bending song selection flanked with epic jams and specialty carved-out instrumental moments, the ensemble returned to the venue the following night, Friday, Sept. 15, where they treated their sold-out audience to bust outs and specialty covers which beckoned to their ability to transcend musical boundaries.
The band started the Friday night gig with a bust out of their song “Space Gadget,” included only on Spafford setlists four times so far this year, before leading into Steve Kimock’s “Ice Cream” and finally landing on the band’s newest original “Motel 6,” a tune that evolved from a meek acapella piece during the band’s early Southwest travels into a composition featuring snappy bluegrass-inspired melodies and heartfelt lyrics, from guitarist and vocalist, Brian Moss.
Friday’s second set evolved into a full-blown dance party, highlighted by the addition of Demi Lovato’s original “Anyone” that seamlessly blended with the crowd favorite and Spafford hit, “Electric Taco Stand.” Also serving as stand-out moments were saxophonist Jason Singer sitting in with Spafford on stage for two unforgettable events. First was their original composition, “Fake the Fate,” followed by a pulsating cover of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown.”
Spafford continues its tradition of streaming live shows, making their music accessible to fans worldwide. To catch the Milwaukee shows and other recent live performances, visit Spafford’s YouTube page, on your nugs.net account, or visit Spafford on their Bandcamp page.
Watch the band’s take on Lovato’s original “Anyone” below.