Spafford – November 9th – Ogden Theatre

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Last Thursday night, Spafford kicked off a three night run in Colorado with a show at The Ogden Theatre.  After an exploratory opening set from Soule Monde, The quartet came out the gates with “The Postman” and immediately put their considerable jamming prowess on display throughout the first couple of songs.  Though the set was not the fiery jam filled behemoth that I’ve heard on some recordings, it was enjoyable and closed with some 70’s AM radio gold courtesy of a sit-in from Don Cheek on his own “Spell Yourself.”  The second set kicked off with a bang as the guys turned the energy level up with the help of Turbo Suit’s Nick Gerlach on “Ain’t That Wrong” and a wonderfully funky version of Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City” which has been in Spafford’s rotation since 2012.  A take on the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s “Aeroplane” landed in the middle of the set and set the stage for the band to close the set out with “Salamander Song” and “Beautiful Day” before returning with “Plans” as the lone encore.  These guys are on a tear and the stage is set for some big things in Colorado!


Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!