Who’s ready for the Super Creekend? This weekend, veteran jamband Max Creek will continue their 2018 winter run of shows with a two-night run at Providence, RI’s The Met. Starting tomorrow, February 2 and then the following night on February 3, the two-night run is dubbed the Super Creekend.
Max Creek is the band that many longtime fans have deemed over the years to be “The Greatest Bar Band in Rock ‘n Roll History.” But even with that definition they’ve never been mistaken for just any local ragtag bunch of players. Perhaps, like that of a great bar band might do, their jams run the gamut of musical styles, from psychedelic and country rock, to reggae and soul, to jazz and latin and more. But their performances have always kept Max Creek in a class of their own—full of improvisation crafted from a collective of the band’s time-tested, wide-ranging abilities.
Lead guitarist Scott Murawski has shared the stage in his time with truly the best of the best, like Derek Trucks, The Allman Brothers, members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, and more. These days, he has been honing both his creativity and his musical chops as lead guitar also for that last band’s Mike Gordon. Mark Mercier meanwhile remains one of the sharpest keyboardists on the scene today, and a solo from him on an extra funky Creek jam is like nothing else. Behind them they have one of the most fun rhythm sections to be heard—drummers Bill Carbone and Jamemurrell Stanley are a powerhouse force together that help drive a lot of the energy of Creek jams.
In their storied forty-eight year career, the band has not surprisingly amassed one of the most awesome, crazy-loyal group of fans. Every year, these “Creek Freaks” travel cross-country to the multiple different annual events Max Creek hosts—from two separate Camp Creek festivals, to their various holiday throwdown parties, to the Super Creekends—the multi-night runs where the band delivers some of their most high energy stuff. Providence, Rhode Island, in particular, has been a special homebase for Max Creek for many, many years now. The band has played some of their most historic and memorable shows at this city’s venues, such as Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (now known as The Strand), The Living Room, and of course, The Met.
If you haven’t seen Max Creek yet, we don’t know what’s taking you so long—fix that! If you have, you well might know that back to back gigs at The Met are sure to produce some of the Creekiest shows to be had. Of course, after this weekend, the fun for 2018 will only be just starting, and the band will be moving on to shows at Vermont’s Higher Ground, Hatford’s Infinity Hall, and more.
To see their full touring schedule and to purchase tickets, head to https://maxcreek.com/#shows.
Article by Miles Hurley