Spafford Rocks Lucky Strike Social Club

The mall was the place to be on Sunday October 8 as Spafford returned to Albany for their second performance of the year. After making plenty of new fans opening for Umphrey’s McGee at the Palace Theater back in January, Lucky Strike Social in the Crossgates Mall earned a spot on their massive 34-show Fall Tour. This time around, the enthusiastic crowd was treated to two full sets that went until midnight, the longest Sunday show to ever have taken place at the newer venue. Lord Electro started the night, their first time performing at Jupiter Hall, and opened the night with an EDM power trio sound, highlighted by songs like “Home” (The New Deal), “So-Laflay” and “Business,” which closed their enthusiastic set.

The Arizona quartet opened the show with “Simon and Lily” and “Galisteo Way” before treating us to “Mind’s Unchained” and “People.” The highlight of the first set was their bluegrass’esque cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Soul to Squeeze” before going into their original, “Windmill,” which had the fans clapping for more as they wandered off stage. They came back from the break with a cover of Johnny Russel’s “Catfish John” before the band soared through a jaw-dropping combination of “Dream Jam” > “All My Friends” > “Bee Jam” > “Alternate Ending” and finally “Ain’t That Wrong” to end the set. Never one to disappoint, they came out once more for a bluesy-pop encore with one of their own, “Shake You Loose.”

Set 1: Simon and Lily, Galisteo Way, Minds Unchained, People, Soul to Squeeze, Windmill
Set 2
: Catfish John, Dream Jam > All my Friends > Bee Jam > Alternate Ending > Ain’t That Wrong
Encore: Shake You Loose

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