Spafford at The Independent by Joshua Huver

Spafford performing during their sold out debut at The Independent in November 2017

Reaching a holy grail destination for up-and-coming jam bands, Arizona-based Spafford has locked down two consecutive nights at Phil Lesh's Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. On Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, the rock, funk and improvisation-inclined four-piece will make their TXR debut, less than six months after selling out The Independent in San Francisco.

Spafford has been a hot rising star in the jam scene, which is typically dominated by artists like Phish, Widespread Panic and Umphrey's McGee. They blend signature takes on rock and roll, spacey funk and ethereal dance music, often stretching their own songs out well over ten minutes.

Take one look (and listen) to the the short clip below and you might realize that the buzz about Spafford is more than just hype.

The four members of Spafford are keyboardist Andrew "Red" Johnson, bassist Jordan Fairless, guitarist Brian Moss and drummer Cameron LaForest, who joined the group early last year. Following a 2017 national tour in support of Umphrey's McGee, the band holed up in their hometown over the summer. In early August, the band announced Abaculus, their second studio album.

Abaculus, the word for the smaller pieces of tile or glass that make up a larger mosaic, is a name representative of the band itself, especially considering that the album is one single hour-long and improvised track that was recorded live, and without any preconceptions or expectations.

Catching a show is largely the same. For a given hour-long set, Spafford might only play three songs, or they might run through upwards of seven. But you can always count on a groove to latch onto and ride through the end of the show. Check out this video of Spafford ringing in 2018 from their hometown of Phoenix:

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As this band continues to grow and reach a wider audience, they will play larger and larger stages. When the band's winter 2018 'For Amusement Only Tour' was announced, only one date had been confirmed at Terrapin, but, following a quick sell out and huge demand from fans across the country, the Sunday show was added.

Don't miss your chance to catch them at one of the most intimate venues in the North Bay.

Terrapin Crossroads
Saturday, March 3, 2018
SOLD OUT, 9PM, 16+.

Terrapin Crossroads
Sunday, March 4, 2018
$17/$20, 9PM, 16+