As time passes and the jam band scene continues to evolve, it has been exciting to see the rise of new acts. One such band is Spafford, the four-piece traditional jam band, that is currently experiencing a meteoric rising through the ranks as their name gains more weight across the country. Starting last fall with their “Breakout Tour”, the buzz around the band was palpable and has only been gaining momentum. 2017 is quickly proving to be the year the band sticks the landing. Having completed the full first leg of a national tour opening for Umphrey’s Mcgee with headlining dates mixed in, it is fair to say that Spafford has seen a huge boost in exposure and an increasingly larger spotlight on their music and improvisational creativity.So far that spotlight has served them in an enormously positive way. Taking the stage at prestigious theaters is always a huge step in the evolution of an up and coming band, and thus far for Spafford, transforming their sound from the club circuit to large venues has only bolstered their fan base. Their sound has smoothly crossed over into the larger rooms and the connection to new audiences has been undeniable.Today, the band shared a pro-shot video of original composition “The Postman” from the beautiful Fillmore Theater in Detroit, MI. See for yourself what all the buzz is about, video courtesy of the band.
The young Pharoahs of Egypt have won the African U-20 youth championship beating the Satellites of Ghana 5-4 on penalties.The game ended 1-1 after regulation time with both goals coming through a penalty in the first ten minutes of the game.Egypt’s S Gomaa superbly converted a penalty to put the North Africans ahead in the fourth minute after his fellow attacker was brought down in the vital area by Nketiah.The Ghanaians quickly responded two minutes later with Arkoful drawing level through another penalty. An Egyptian defender in a desperate bid to clear his lines had his foot stuck in the face of Ordje giving the referee no option but to point to the spot for a penalty.In just seven minutes two goals had been scored, sending the signal it was going to be an electric night of football.Already the Ghanaians were on a mission of revenge having lost in the opening game to Egypt 2-1. And it did look like the mission was on course after the quick equaliser.Jeremiah Arkoful was unlucky when his well bent free-kick took a ricochet of the goal post with nobody to connect the rebound.Antwi came to the rescue of the Satellites with two brilliant saves in quick succession.He parried a goal bound flick from Bassam before saving another rebound to keep the Satellites in the game in the 40th minute.It was the Ghanaians who looked more determined to get the match winner in the second half. Arkoful again had a superbly taken free-kick whisk agonisingly wide before forcing a great finger tip save from the Egyptian goal keeper with his half volley.The Egyptians remained resolute and defended well and on few occasions probed for the match winner which proved elusive for both sides.After 120 minutes of near misses and great piece of defending and goal keeping by both teams the game had to be decided through penalty shootout.Egypt started woefully with a first miss but quickly recovered after Lawerh also missed his kick.Michael Anaba again missed his Ghana kick with the Egyptian player converting his last kick which won the Egyptians their fourt African U-20 glory.