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Max Creek and Creamery Station,

American Beauty January 20th, 2017


Max Creek and Creamery Station

American Beauty New York, NY 

January 20, 2017

Photo by Chris Capaci

Review by Colin Capaci with supporting details provided by Kelly D

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What a night it was at American Beauty last Friday!

Making their New York City debut at the famed bar and venue was Creamery Station, a family band from Connecticut that reminded us why we love this music so much. A seven-piece band (eight if you include their mascot Jerry the Alien), traded off solos in true hoedown fashion with deep jams that showed the band’s originality and creativity.

Featured on many solos throughout the night was harmonica player Don Destefano who kept the room on fire. Jim Kadar, the band’s only guitarist, is one of the most impressive I have ever seen. He kept a sophisticated balanced between heavy solo rifts and sexy rhythm styles; there wasn’t any limitation. With a set list mixed with covers, originals, and a bit of hijinks, Creamery Station played a wide range of sounds. Keyboard player Jon Truelson sang a beautiful version of “It Makes no Difference” in the middle of the set to change it up and melt hearts instead of faces. Another memorable moment came when Creamery Station busted out a “West L.A. Fadeaway” to remember. In the deep jam after the second verse, the band really opened up and explored a complex range of grooves which then transitioned into an instrumental version of the Rolling Stones’ “Miss You,” then transitioning back into “West L.A. Fadeaway.” The crowd was stunned and dancing off the walls with this one.

From the YouTube channel of Creamery Station

Having a robust percussion section really made these tight jams possible featuring Harry Cooper on drums and Michael Ryan on percussion; Dan Raucci on bass kept his fingers moving all night and was featured in a sick rhythm section solo that kept everyone dancing well into the set. . . But the highlight of the night came when the mandolin player and singer, Dylan Kader, the frontman apparent of the group, joined the crowd with his instrument and danced and played on the floor. Having a wireless amp hook-up made this possible as he added the funky and sometimes mysterious sounds we all love from the mandolin, adding a rich element to the band’s sound with solos and tight rhythm. You haven’t heard a mandolin featured in a band like this before. At one point Kader even climbed into the famous dancing cages mounted on the walls of American Beauty, sharing the cage with the aforementioned mascot Jerry the Alien. The crowd was fun and the band killed it.

I, for one, am so hyped about this band and can’t wait to see them again in the New York City area. I want to thank Creamery Station for a great night, Relix Magazine for putting on the show, and American Beauty for hosting them!

Max Creek was up next. The venerable rock jam band headlined with an epic set, detailed here:

Ring Them Bells
She’s Here
Dark Water
Emotional Railroad
Peaceful Warrior
Who Do You Love
Something is Forming
Wild Side
Feels Like Falling
Feets Don’t Fail Me Now
The Man in Me
Motown Donald
Said and Done
I Saw Her Standing There
Down in the Jungle
Scarlet Begonias

Late in the Evening

Photo by Charles DeWeese

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