October 9, 2020 W. Yarmouth, MA Photos and Review by Miles Hurley
Sailing high on the list of outdoor entertainment venues turning 2020 into something positive is The Yarmouth Drive-In, in West Yarmouth on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. After a highly successful trial summer of concerts and comedy featuring artists like Nikki Glaser, Marcus King Trio, Suzanne Vega, and others, The Yarmouth Drive-In heads with confidence into a fall season of many more socially distant events planned.
Last night, the air was crisp and clear for a rare live appearance from jamband royalty Max Creek, whose performance at the Cape Cod music venue marked their first show in front of a live, in-person audience since February. Old heads shuffled their astro vans and trucks into the sizable field space and danced underneath lights and an impressive livestream video display across two jumbotron screens.
Creek kicked off their two-set night of cosmic americana rock in a classic way, with a solidly and thoroughly explored version of “You Write The Book.” “Don’t Do It,” a cover of rarer status, and improvisation-heavy takes on “I Want You To Know” and “Willow Tree” all showed a band that was clearly missing the collaborative electricity of performing on stage in front of a live, loyal audience.
The ‘Creek fam’ populating Yarmouth for the evening got their wishes in a small dose of the late Eddie Van Halen (rest in peace) on, of all things, a Dylan tune. “Let’s hear a little Halen, Scotty,” goaded drummer Bill Carbone at the end of a swampy version of “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight.” Scott Murawski muscled an EVH-style guitar rip on the end of the tune and was cheered on via the honks of car horns.
The second set saw its other high points in the vigorously played opener “Old Stones, Broken Bones” and in “Said and Done,” which started off as a particularly tender version before several exquisite minutes of solo piano melody from Mark Mercier lead to a spirited ending jam.
As spoken on social media by the band themselves ahead of last night’s performance: “Hey folks, as far as we know, this is last Creek show of 2020–there’s no secret announcement behind door #2..” With any hope, the coming months will prove Creek’s words even just a little bit wrong, and fans get some kind of additional chance to hear the band in 2020 once more, whether in person or via the internet again. In the meantime, keep your ears posted for videos and audio from last night’s show, and for more information about The Yarmouth Drive-In’s coming events, head to their website: https://yarmouthdrivein.com/
Max Creek Setlist Friday, October 9, 2020Yarmouth Drive In, West Yarmouth, MA
(First live audience show since Feb 29 Syracuse)
Set I: You Write the Book > Dont Do It > I Want You to Know, Willow Tree, (I Got My) Mojo Workin, Peaceful Warrior > drumz* > jam > Windows 925pm
Set II 945pm
Old Stones Broken Bones, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, Big Iron, Field > Said & Done > GDTRFB 1047pm
E: Back Porch Boogie Blues 1054pm
* broken guitar string change
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