Mike Gordon Jams With Max Creek @ Higher Ground

Fresh off their appearance at Jungle Jam in warm and sunny Costa Rica, Max Creek returned to Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont for the first time in nearly seven years last night. The group welcomed two of guitarist Scott Murawski’s band mates from Mike Gordon’s solo band to sit in at various points including the Phish bassist himself and keyboardist Tom Cleary during the frigid night in Vermont.

[Photos by Sam Berenson]

Gordon, who sat in with Max Creek at their last Higher Ground show which was a “trial gig” for Murawski’s new-at-the-time Languedoc guitar, emerged to lend a hand on the original Wild Side and a cover of Stay With Me by The Faces complete with Sugar Shack teases. Cactus has long been a fan of Max Creek. Phish covered the band’s Back Porch Boogie in their early days and teamed up with Max Creek for a concert at UVM’s Patrick Gym in 1989. According to Phish.net, Gordon has sat in with Max Creek over a dozen times. Cleary opened the second set with Connecticut-based rock band on Cruel World and stuck around for You’re The Only One.

UPDATE: Reader Sam Berenson was on hand at Higher Ground last night and has shared a batch of photos he snapped off when Mike was on stage…

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