Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
OK – so there’s another Camp Creek in the works – but thinking about it gives me cause to reflect on last summer’s Camp... what it was, what it did, and what it meant.
Sometimes the seeming futility of all this appears to be the largest thing – the monster in the room. We donate a large part of our time, our efforts, our lives, to this band and its ongoing endeavors for, in the grand scheme of things, a dubious financial or personal return with no idea as to what good might come about for anyone. Probably our own fault, and believe me, I’m not complaining. But onward...
That being said, I have to say, and I think that I may speak for a great many involved, that last year’s Camp Creek was the most satisfying, the warmest, the most rewarding one in memory. We went into it prepared for the possibility that it was going to be the last one. Sorry – but you never know. Nothing lasts forever. And this event came particularly hard. We chose music carefully to try to get a “not your mama’s jam band festival” line up. Many of our musical compatriots were very generous. Many were extremely disappointed that we were not able to fit all of our very good friends. We’re pretty sensitive, and to piss off anyone we care for is very hard for us. We hope you still love us. Costs went up. What we hoped was going to be an easy weekend for everyone to make turned out to be kinda hard for a lot of people. School started the week before. College started two weeks before. And the weather – well, let’s just say that God becomes a member of the band.
It turned out to be perfect. You – the family – came through incredibly. It was like many forces came together to form something that was greater than the sum of the parts. We all spent a weekend together that we will always remember. It was more than a festival. The moon was perfect. The weather was outstanding. The music was unbelievable – every band had something different to offer. We were with people we like... people we love. It was a community. Every person came away with a story that they wrote themselves. And what moved me personally the most was the number of people that came up to tell me how much the band has meant in their lives. Their lives. A lot of people. And how much Camp Creek has meant. Many people felt that they had to be there. Many came back after a pretty lengthy absence. Or from a pretty long distance. In short, there are many that feel about the band and Camp Creek the same way we do. Bill from the Trading Post said “I remember when you were the only one – you were the first one.” Maybe we’re not now, but for us and for many that we have known through the years, this is still truly home.
You have no idea, but it was all up in the air. It was close. And just before the encore, Derek and I looked at each other and, almost with the same mind as myself at that moment, he said “You know we have to do this again.” I did know. We all knew. And it was right then and there that the decision was made. And so we are.
July 8, 9 & 10, 2016 – Indian Lookout Country Club. Tickets go on sale shortly, before Thanksgiving.
Saturday, June 13th, 2015
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, JamBase teamed with Telefunken to produce the Songs Of Their Own 50-day tribute series featuring a daily cover of a Grateful Dead original song which will culminate with our grand finale 50th video premiering the day of the final Fare Thee Well show in Chicago on July 5. We started the series with a list of 100 Grateful Dead original songs (exclusively their tunes, not covers they often played) and asked many of our favorite artists to record cover versions either at the JamBase office in San Francisco, at one of the many venues around the Bay Area, at Telefunken’s Connecticut studios and beyond. No song was allowed to be covered twice, and today’s participants Max Creek commanded “Playing In The Band.”
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
In the spirit of all that has come before, we invite you to join us as we once again celebrate CAMP CREEK. We're going home, back to our roots, as we gather the family of friends and dance together again... welcome to Camp Creek 2015!
Last year's Phoenix Camp Creek can only be described as a really sweet weekend all the way around – aside from an initial rain and some damp camp sites, on Saturday the sun came out and that night we danced under a plethora of shooting stars. On Sunday, after the final note was struck, everyone went home with what we hope were some great memories of being together once again for three days of music, dancing and visiting with the family. How could we not do it again this year? We must. There are some things that just have to be done.
So here it is – August 28, 29 and 30 – the weekend of the mystical full red moon of August – the Ancient Sturgeon Moon – live at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, NY. A powerful weekend for sure.
We'll be playing with some friends we know and love, and some new bands and musicians with whom we've been wanting to share a weekend and a stage. There's some great music out there, and even though we may not be able to experience it all in one lifetime, we can definitely try.
Band lineup is forthcoming – we are now contacting acts to see who is available and might who want to partake in this adventure. Some have actually contacted us, and, believe me, we try to listen to and consider just about everybody who has done this. There's a lot of festival-worthy new stuff out there, and just because you haven't heard of them doesn't mean they're not unbelievably good. The official lineup will be coming very soon, among some things you can count on: Max Creek member side projects; visits by several special old friends, and some late night dancing at the top of the hill.
Once again we will open at 9 AM Friday, and end by 7 PM on Sunday. Family camping will be available. We will have an area for those with some movement challenges. As always food, ice, clothing, and general festival goods and trinkets will be available to purchase, as well as individual band merchandise. If you would like to vend, we have a vending coordinator and will have contact info soon. More details are coming on all this, believe me. This is just a letter to say "HI!"
Tickets will go on sale shortly – beginning with a limited-time wicked early bird special, a later-rising, say, mid morning bird special, and a day of show price for all you types. They will again, as last year, be available online, via mail order, through outlets, and at shows. We will again encourage you to buy your tickets early – it can only save you money. We will inform you about where, when and how very soon.
So here we are. Start looking through the ole LL Bean catalogue for gear and schedule your vacation time from work. Take out and look again at some pix from years past that you have on your computer or in that box on the top shelf of your closet – we'd love to see them and hear some Camp Creek stories that you might like to post. But by the end of August you'll surely have some more tales to tell and pictures to share of this very special event that will, once again, take place in the life of Max Creek and family.
"In the summertime when the sun is high, I'll dance until I'm done; and when September comes, I'll think of you."
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Tomorrow's show at Tupelo Music Hall has been rescheduled to 3/20 because of the snowstorm.
Monday, January 5th, 2015
After 43 years of playing music in various places all over the country, Max Creek is not only surviving as a musical entity, we are in fact thriving. We are excited about our music, about our fans, about life as a band, and playing music with each other remains as fresh, interesting and enlivening as it’s ever been.
No matter what one might think after this much time playing together, we do not claim to be a well-oiled machine – nor would we want to be. Playing music should not be habitual or automatic – things constantly require attention, thought, work, and jamming together in that respect becomes a new and creative experience every time we climb onstage. We owe that to you, as well as ourselves. We could never expect joy in the hearts of anyone listening if there is not joy in ours in doing what we do. And to not be doing this would be taking away something very essential for us – Playing in Max Creek is like breathing.
We have always considered ourselves to be a “family band” – not only within our own ranks, but also with all of you. Every show is a reunion of sorts, and being together as people becomes part of the experience that is as important as the music that binds us together. 43 years ago we were founded on the premise that anyone that needed a place to be could be here. And out of that came the idea that music can illuminate aspects about the nature of life that can’t be perceived or put forth in any other way. Those two ideals are still alive with us today.
We welcome you as part of our family in any way that you see yourself being. Come on in, pull up a chair at the table, join us for some music and dance, and thanks for being here.