Spafford - Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience

NEW MUSIC: Spafford release new live studio album ‘Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience’

by • August 9, 2017

Spafford is a name that has been growing in circulation within the jam scene, and for good reason. Their music is the perfect fusion of alternative rock, funk, jazz, bluegrass, and dance jams, and they have lyrics to sing as well! They could easily be an instrumental band, and some of the tracks are, but why leave the vocal element out when you’re music is this good? They sound like all the other jam bands you’re familiar with, but somehow sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. With so much happening in the electronic jam scene, fans are constantly looking for that organic creative improvisation, which Spafford more than delivers on, and with a refreshing new sound.

Spafford - Photo by Phierce Photo

Spafford – Photo by Phierce Photo

This four-piece from Phoenix, Arizona formed in 2009 when members started playing at open mics and were getting people to dance, so they just kept doing it and accidentally started the band. They got offered their first gig for New Years Eve 2009-10 and the rest is history. Spafford is comprised of Jordan Fairless (Bass/Vocals), Red Johnson (Keys/Vocals), Brian Moss (Guitar/Vocals) and Cameron Laforest (Drums/Vocals).

Spafford recently created something outstanding and pure, a new live studio album titled Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience​, ​out today, August 9th. This album was recorded in a single take and is presented as an hour-long single track. The magic went down at The Pound in Phoenix and is completely improvised. It’s how music should be created. One member lays something down and the rest join in, letting the sound flow naturally and build organically as each member is submerged in the moment and not consciously aware what will come next. One minute you’re in a classy jazz lounge, then the next minute you’re jamming out at a Grateful Dead or Phish show, and somehow that sound morphs into a Disco Biscuits electronic dance type tune. This album is a dynamic living breathing creature touching all corners of your earholes.

Listen to Abaculus now! Available digitally via iTunes and Spotify starting today. The band did a live stream of the album at noon on Spafford’s Facebook Page.



8/10 – 8/13 – Scranton, PA ​- Peach Music Festival

9/2 – Chicago, IL​ – North Coast Music Festival

9/9 – Bellvue, CO​ – Canyon Jam

9/21 – 9/23 – Thornville, OH​ – Resonance Music Festival

9/27 – Charlottesville, VA​ – The Southern

9/28 – Baltimore, MD​ – The 8X10

9/29 – Philadelphia, PA​ – The Foundry @ The Fillmore

9/30 – Brooklyn, NY​ – Brooklyn Bowl

10/1 – Ithaca, NY​ – The Haunt

10/3 – South Burlington, VT​ – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge

10/4 – Hamden, CT​ – The Ballroom at The Outer Space

10/5 – Northampton, MA​ – Iron Horse Music Hall

10/6 – Cambridge, MA​ – The Sinclair

10/7 – Portland, ME​ – Port City Music Hall

10/8 – Albany, NY​ – Lucky Strike Social

10/11 – State College, PA​ – State Theatre

10/12 – Columbus, OH​ – A&R Music Bar

10/13 – Bloomington, IN​ – Bluebird Nightclub

10/14 – Ann Arbor, MI​ – Blind Pig

10/15 – Grand Rapids, MI​ – The Pyramid Scheme

10/17 – Madison, WI​ – Majestic Theatre

10/19 – Columbia, MO​ – Rose Music Hall

10/20 – Nashville, TN​ – Mercy Lounge

10/21 & 10/22 – Asheville, NC​ – Asheville Music Hall

10/24 – Charlotte, NC​ – Visulite Theatre

10/25 – Athens, GA​ – 40 Watt Club

10/27 – 10/29 – Live Oak, FL​ – Suwannee Hulaween

10/31 – New Orleans, LA​ – Parish @ House of Blues

11/2 – Baton Rouge, LA​ – Spanish Moon

11/3 – Houston, TX​ – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs

11/4 – Austin, TX ​- Antone’s Night Club

11/5 – Dallas, TX​ – HoB Cambridge Room

11/7 – Lawrence, KS​ – The Bottleneck

11/8 – Omaha, NE​ – The Waiting Room

11/9 – Denver – CO​ – Ogden Theatre

11/11 – Denver, CO​ – Globe Hall *

11/14 – Seattle, WA​ – Crocodile Cafe

11/15 – Portland, OR​ – Doug Fir Lounge

11/16 – San Francisco, CA​ – The Independent

11/17 – Los Angeles, CA​ – Teragram Ballroom

11/18 – Flagstaff, AZ​ – Orpheum Theater

12/1 – 12/5 – Punta Cana, DR​ – Dominican Holidaze

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