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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Valley prog rockers Spafford were the first musicians to host a drive-in show, earning the band national publicity.

Known for its annual New Year’s Eve gigs, Spafford will perform in the Marquee Theatre’s parking lot on Wednesday, December 30, and Thursday, December 31.

“The Marquee made it safe for everyone by using pods,” says singer/guitarist Brian Moss, who lives in Chandler. “It’s a win-win for everyone. The Marquee has a beautiful, large parking lot. Downtown Phoenix has a lot of beautiful venues, but they don’t have that sort of space.”

The Marquee sits on Tempe Town Lake on one side. The stage will be built on the west side of the parking lot, facing away from the airport.

“These are desperate times,” Moss says. “We’ve heard of some people throwing shows that are somewhat questionable. We want people to enjoy the music and have a good time, but we want people to be safe, too. We’re really excited about this opportunity.”

The first “billed” Spafford show was the 2009-10 New Year’s Eve, so this show marks the band’s 11th anniversary. Moss says the band wanted to end the year on a high note, with two sets on December 30 and three on December 31 to rid the musicians of their pent-up energy.

“We’re going to play some new songs and some new covers and maybe have a few special guests,” Moss adds coyly. “It’s going to be a blast to make that night our very own.”

Spafford, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 30; and 11:30 p.m. Thursday, December 31, luckymanonline.com, tickets only available for December 30.

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