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    Turning 48: Max Creek celebrates

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    Performing Live at Infinity Hall in Hartford on April 19 2019

    Max Creek came to Infinity Hall in Hartford for their third and final anniversary show. While a trifecta of celebrations may seem conspicuous for any other band, when a band with this much history and connection with their fans makes it this long, even three shows may not be enough to properly reflect.

    The venue is set up in a fairly ideal fashion for a live music fan, great sight lines, easy access and movement, and a staff accustomed to hosting shows. The band is also very comfortable here which you could easily grasp from the opening notes of the night, Scott Murawski’s You Let Me Down Again.

    The entire first set was a great summary of the band as they perform today- a snapshot in time for 2018 and 19. Four of the five band members sang and took the lead, as the band smoked their way through seven songs in about an hour and ten minutes or so. They took their time and explored the material, as the audience filled up the room and the connection was made. The jam from Gypsy Blue was particularly stellar.

    The second set started with a blast from the past, drummer Scott Allshouse took the throne for the first two songs of the night. It’s been a good long time that Bill Carbone has been on top of the drum throne, but for sixteen years Allshouse was the band’s drummer and represents a good portion of their history. They opened set two and did If You Ask Me as Allehouse settled into the seat. He warmed up quickly, the band re-acclimated to his presence and suddenly we were back in time to the early 2000s.

    Allshouse clearly was comfortable as the next song he sang! The rarely heard song The Bug had him doing a great country blues rocker and his voice was clear and he and the band were enjoying this brief reunion. Even Carbone got in on the game joining Jay Stanley on the percussion kit mostly on tambourine.

    Carbone returned to his accustomed position at the kit and it felt to me as if the band dug into more rarities and historic Creek material.

    I have to say that John Rider was especially strong throughout the show. His songs seemed to be the features that the band chose to use as launching pads for extended jams. Rider always seems to be in a good mood around Creekiversary time, and it really showed on this night. From Gypsy Blue to Devil’s Heart he was on fire. There was even a nice drums break in Devil’s Heart including a bass solo, too!

    Smiles were all around as the band did another nice long set. They left the stage only briefly after concluding the set with Mercury Blues. The band returned for an encore of the Dead’s Playin in the Band.

    Photo by Monique Poulin

    The audio above is the full show. Use the arrows to toggle between songs. Taped byScott Medeiros – Recording Sponsored By https://www.telefunken-elektroakustik.com. Telefunken M-60 TK60 (On-Stage) + SBD > Sound Devices Mix Pre 6 (24/44.1) > SDHC > Mac Mini > Adobe Audition CC > Flac.

    Friday, 4/19/19, 3rd 48th Anniversary Show
    Infinity Hall – Hartford, CT

    Set 1:
    You Let Me Down Again >
    Hard Love
    Gypsy Blue >
    Sweet Wanomi
    The Field >
    Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man >
    Peaceful Warrior

    Set 2:
    If You Ask Me * >
    The Bug *
    Dark Water
    Hot Dog
    The Bees
    Devil’s Heart >
    Drums >
    Jam
    Mercury Blues

    Encore:
    Playing in the Band
    *=w/ Scott Allshouse
    [Setlist thanks to @John Spignesi]

    UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

    MAY 10 2019, FRI

    Max Creek @ the Met Pawtucket RI

    MAY 25 2019, SAT

    Max Creek @ Strangecreek Greenfield, MA

    JUN 8 2019, SAT

    Max Creek @ Hygienic Park New London, CT

    JUN 15 2019, SAT

    Max Creek @ Lincoln Hill Farm Canandaigua NY

    JUN 16 2019, SUN

    Max Creek @ Good Nature Brewing Company Hamilton NY

    JUL 4 2019, THU

    Max Creek @ moe.down Turin NY

    JUL 7 2019, SUN

    Max Creek @ Boston boat cruise Sounds of the Sea!

    AUG 2 -4 2019, FRI

    Camp Creek Bozrah CT

    AUG 17 2019, SAT

    Max Creek @ Harry’s Hill Starks, Maine

    AUG 31 2019, SAT

    Max Creek @ Sterling Stage Sterling NY

    SEP 1 2019, SUN

    Max Creek @ Sterling Stage Sterling NY

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