This past Thursday and Friday night, Prescott, AZ’s electro-funk masters Spafford came into town for a strong two-night stand to kick off their tour on the right note. Thursday saw support from Bozeman, MT-based jamgrass outfit the Kitchen Dwellers at The Fox Theatre in Boulder. Both acts, that come from different ends of the jam spectrum were put to the test, and passed with flying colors.The Dwellers played a solid set, debuting new material off their forthcoming album that is produced by Leftover Salmon‘s Andy Thorn, who also joined the band on stage during the latter part of their set. Kitchen Dwellers are playing NYC’s American Beauty on Friday, November 11th (get info here).Spafford highlights from the first night included an uber-funky “Electric Taco Stand” and cover of swamp-rock master JJ Grey & Mofro‘s “On Fire” into “Galisteo”. It was a solid opening night, that saw the four-piece locked in, cohesive, and fully prepped to bring serious jams to the table.Kitchen Dwellers w/ Andy Thorn:Spafford “On Fire” (JJ Grey & Mofro cover):By the second night, the band was pumped up and firing on all cylinders, bringing a packed crowd to Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver. With two lengthy sets, the band was able to exercise their full potential, jamming to perfection for nearly four hours. Set one was highlighted by a trancey dance jam on “Ain’t That Wrong”, followed by a double time version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ “Soul To Squeeze”. By the second set, Spafford had longtime and new fans hooked, building strong, patient jams on “People” and later on set closer and fan favorite “Backdoor Funk”.Spafford Cervantes Other Side Set 1:Spafford Cervantes Other Side Set 2:Kitchen Dwellers Setlist – The Fox – 9/22/16Farmers Son, Colder Nights, Auggie Visions, Broken Cage (New Song), Five Candles, Reuben’s train*, Up on the Hill Where They Do the Boogie*^, This Time> No Diggity+* with Andy Thorn in fiddle^John Hartford Cover+Blackstreet CoverSpafford Setlist – The Fox – 9/22/16All In, Electric Taco Stand, Slip, On Fire > Galisteo, America, The RepriseSpafford Setlist – Cervante’s Other Side – 9/23/16Set One – All My Friends > Bee Jam > Windmill, Into The Mystic, Ain’t That Wrong, Soul To Squeeze, The PostmanSet Two – Red’s Jam > People, Plans > Down Under, Todd’s Tots, The Remedy > Down Under, Backdoor FunkEncore – Hollywood > In The Eyes of Thieves[The Fox photos courtesy of Peter Wallace @ Wallyography – Instagram: Wallyographypw][Cervantes photos by Randhir Bayers] Load remaining images
In the last day or two, photos of a hilarious Monopoly-esque board game called Wookery have been making their rounds on the Internet. The game first appeared in a post (now deleted) on the Lotus Family Facebook page, which offered up a handful of hilarious images of the set, which functions as a drinking game. The game was created by Jim Davis and contains references to a number of wook-friendly artists on the scene, including the Grateful Dead, Lotus, The Disco Biscuits, String Cheese Incident, STS9, Bassnectar, GRiZ, and Pretty Lights.After buzz around the game grew online, Davis created an Etsy page for the game, which describes how Wookery works:Basically the way the game works is you roll a dice to move around the board and pick up “heady cards” along the way which have funny things on em like “Moved to Colorado to trim herb, ended up working at Taco Bell…move back 5 spaces” and the goal is to pass start and collect “wonky cards” which are tongue twisters you have to say correctly and fast, or you drink. On your way around the board you will encounter Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Griz, Lotus, STS9, The Disco Biscuits and multiple other obstacles along the way! Grab a group of your local wooks and get a game going today!!!Predictably, Wookery sold-out quickly (Editor’s note: The game has gone back on sale in limited quantities, though will probably sell out soon again.), given that it’s a handmade game, which also features the option to have the board customized with your own pictures of wooks that are near and dear to your heart. You can check out pictures of the board below.