Setlist at Aura Portland, ME on Jan 12, 2024

Set One
Take Your Mama 301
In the Eyes of Thieves 1201
Backdoor Funk 1185
Frog Gossip 319
Shake You Loose 347
Set Two
All In 987
Watermelon Man 245
All In 312
Banter 76
Electric Taco Stand 700
Left on the Runway 586
Electric Taco Stand 382
Weasel 779
Crowd 112
Banter 218
Encore
Ain't That Wrong 570
Aura
Portland, ME
Jan 12, 2024

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Setlist at Aura Portland, ME on Jan 12, 2024

Set One
Take Your Mama 301
In the Eyes of Thieves 1201
Backdoor Funk 1185
Frog Gossip 319
Shake You Loose 347
Set Two
All In 987
Watermelon Man 245
All In 312
Banter 76
Electric Taco Stand 700
Left on the Runway 586
Electric Taco Stand 382
Weasel 779
Crowd 112
Banter 218
Encore
Ain't That Wrong 570

Show Notes

“Take Your Mama” - by Scissor Sisters

“Watermelon Man” -  by Herbie Hancock (Cory Schechtman on Saxophone) 

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Reviews

Phrank 4/2/2024 5:21:07 AM

"So dope especially all in at about 4 minutes had me tickled "

207_Tuna 1/25/2024 1:29:58 PM

"I don’t like to post novels for reviews on here.  I have a lot to say about the show, so bear with :) TLDR: Go see this band for $25 while you can because they are approaching bigger things quickly, and this show is a perfect example why. I’m not sure if this was a true, transformative show for the band, or if it’s the first one I’ve witnessed.  It certainly felt like we weren’t in Kansas, anymore. Something about seeing them own the heck out of a large, nice, room with a huge stage….  The band was feeling it, embracing it, loving it.  The crowd was reciprocating – we were rowdy to be sure.  I can’t, without at least a tiny bit of bias, say if it translates to the recording.  Their music has always told me Spafford was destined for big things.  This second set showed me that those big things are quickly becoming a reality.  They deserve every bit of it and I’m so happy for them. So, yeah, the music… In short… All I can say is if you’re struggling to get through your housework, yard work, work-work – whatever.  Throw on this second set and watch your efficiency increase 10-fold.  My highlight was Left On the Runway – that was unexpected and heartfelt…more on that in a moment. In long… 1st set jams: Thieves gets after it early and settles in a nice, team groove with all members pushing and pulling.  BDF settles into a nice groove with Cory doing his thing over the top.  Backloaded jam with Nick and Jordan driving and Brian building with Cory.  2nd set: My goodness gracious!  What a treat this was to (re)listen to.  The surprise of Watermelon Man.  The progressively dissonant (1st) Taco – featuring excellent work from all members of the band at various points.  This is what musical communication, patience, and total control sounds like.  No rush building into the Left on the Runway; just a perfect transition.  Speaking of Left on the Runway… Standard fare at first.  Did you think this was your “breather” song?  Think again. They, intentionally and gently, California Roll their way through the proper ending of the song for the sake of a soaring, blissful peak.  I believe this is the first time(?) the took the song out for a longer walk, and they make it work – really, really, well.  A seamless, patient, slide back into Taco with some choice Cory on the B3 (?) and another hose-like peak from Brian. I was shocked when they dropped into Weasel.  Could this setlist be anymore stacked?  JFC.   For a “house” beat, this version has a TON of space in it.  Something they are the masters of – and have been for a long time. Trying to guess what the encore would be after set 2, I turned to my buddy and said “they’ve already doused this place in gasoline.  Do they come out and light a match with ‘Ain’t that Wrong’ and burn the place down entirely?”  His response?  “pffswwsssshw” – knowing my buddy well, this meant “I can’t fathom what that would do to this place but yes, please.”.  The venue ultimately lives to see another day but, man, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see it spontaneously combust during the encore. "

Justyn 1/20/2024 7:04:38 AM

"These guys absolutely slapped, jaw absolutely soup for the entire show. First time seeing them and will make sure to see them again. Guys bring the jam no jelly"

TheTexasKid 1/16/2024 3:29:13 PM

"The “Ain’t That Wrong” from this show makes me to want to run through a brick wall. "

Mattnerd 1/15/2024 12:19:06 PM

"All In>Watermelon Man was so fire. Can’t wait for ski tour"

Brady Knowles 1/15/2024 9:22:54 AM

"My first show of 2024 absolute barrel of fun. Electric taco stand through weasel was SLAMMING "

Beach 1/14/2024 5:06:41 PM

"I've been saying for 3 years, BEST JAMBAND TOURING"

Max s 1/14/2024 3:15:54 PM

"This show will make anxiety leave"

Eric 1/14/2024 10:16:11 AM

"Top to bottom heat, Cory is an alien"

Frank 1/13/2024 11:08:50 PM

"I just love these guy! Fun show great energy. Now do your soul a favor and go to your local Spafford show when they come through! Supper underrated group for too long now"

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