The Hot Spot: Spafford
Much as I'd like to, I can't spend every free minute of my time in town checking out bands. So I'm out every Saturday and a lot of Fridays. But since local band Spafford had been performing only during the week, I hadn't had a chance to go see them. That all changed last Saturday, when the guys put on the Spafford 'Pajamarama' at Annie's Attic, inviting everyone in town to show up, stay up, and dance a lot, all while clad in PJ's.
No, I didn't wear pajamas. But a lot of people actually did, men and women alike. Turns out the band, which has been entertaining the locals since 2008, has a large and devoted following ... which, as of last Saturday, also includes me. This means that I'll have to venture out more frequently during the week if that's what it's going to take to treat myself to another dose of this band.
Spafford, whose main goal is to be 'changing lives, one show at a time', is a self-described high energy, funky jam rock band. A couple of the guys, namely Brian Moss (lead guitar/vox) and Jonathan Hust (key/synth/vox), are certainly no strangers to me. Jonathan (whose birthday we also celebrated on Saturday) has performed with FiLaBuStA on several occasions, most notably at this year's Trailer Trash Party. And of course Brian has been a part of The CheekTones, albeit not very frequently as of late.
The other two members of Spafford are Nick Tkachyk (drums/vox) and Chris Fairless (bass/vox). All four guys are incredibly talented, and individually vow the audience with their solo performances. But what really sets this band apart from the rest are the vocal harmonies. Pitch-perfect every time. It's amazing, because not only do they have to adjust the pitch of their notes to the lead singer, but also to the instruments, all the while playing their own instruments.
And while they truly put on a fun show with lights, disco balls, and pajamas, all four musicians are consummate professionals. They have a large repertoire of great original songs, but they also add their own funky magic spice to music ranging from well-known disco songs to oldies-but-goodies, which makes them all new again. I have a really hard time defining the music of Spafford. It's very unique, it's fun, it's definitely funky, and it is absolutely addictive. But that's not all! It's also very danceable. All in all this a band that I can't wait to see again and I invite you to check them out as soon as you have a chance.
They defy conventional wisdom as it pertains to music, and I like it. As luck would have it, you can check out Spafford Friday night AND Saturday night at 9:30 at The Bird Cage. Go see them, I dare you! Also playing this weekend: Road One South at the courthouse plaza Friday at 6:30 and they'll entertain at the Pony Espresso in PV Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. Rounding it out at Annie's: Friday, Tramps and Thieves; Saturday Big Daddy D & The Dynamites. Coyote Joe's: Friday, Los Guys; Saturday The CheekTones!!! Have a great weekend filled with fantastic music! Ciao!