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Show Review – Fall Hookahville, 9/2 – 9/5/11, Legend Valley Music Center, Thornville, OH

ekoostik hookah and Little Feat

ekoostik hookah and Little Feat

Written by Bill Whiting

Photos by Scott Preston

Fall Hookahville 2011 in Thornville, Ohio lit up the hillsides on September 2-5 with a hoe down type atmosphere, and shockingly great performances by all artists involved. There was claustrophobic heat on Saturday as Cincinnati’s elite bluegrass unit, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, tore it up on the main stage with a deft mixture of front porch ballads and racing hi and lonesome instrumentals. Rumpke Mountain Boys set the standard and pace for the festival, and one hopes that they will get a chance on the main stage the next time around. The side stage at Hookahville is a good place to soak up some new sounds, and Chicago’s Thinner Teed fit the bill as they wrapped a half hour set of high energy jams into a cohesive whirlwind of epic proportions. Hookahville’s old school stalwarts, Little Feat, took no time in getting down to business. Leader Paul Barrere had a pure tone from his guitar that echoed off the hillsides at Hookahville. As Fred Tackett and Bill Payne worked together to coalesce around the defining strains of “Dixie Chicken,” Barrere led the throng in front of the stage in a perfect sing a long. Ekoostik Hookah invited Little Feat  back on stage for an inspired run through of The Band’s “Rag Mama Rag.” Continue reading

Show Review – Blossom Blast (ekoostik hookah & The Macpodz), 4/30 – 5/1/10, Nelsons Ledges, Garrettsville, OH

Brennan Andes from The Macpodz

Brennan Andes from The Macpodz

Article and Photos by GRETCHEN GREGORY –gretchen.gregory@gmail.com

NELSON LEDGES — Happy-go-lucky with a hint of jazz infused music and improvisational rock could describe the Macpodz as they played to a decent-sized crowd at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park last weekend, and they’re hoping to bring the same excitement to Cincinnati’s Mad Frog Thursday night, May 6.

From the start of their set Saturday afternoon, it was clear these guys are happiest when on stage, playing to a crowd. Nick Ayers (percussion, vox, and flute) Griffin Bastian (drums), and Ross Huff (trumpet) got people up on their feet dancing to some upbeat songs filled with jumpy melodies, and Saturday’s perfect weather just added to the mix.

Never mind the short five-minute rain shower in the afternoon cause it didn’t even matter; it’s just not a true music festival without a little rain.

Bassist Brennan Andes’ fast-paced bass lines kept the music trucking throughout Saturday’s lively set, while Jesse Clayton’s keys kept bouncing right along to “You Got Me,” a personal favorite. Continue reading

Show Review – ekoostik hookah, Hookah In The Hills, 4.3.10, Guysville, OH

ekoostik hookah

ekoostik hookah

Written by Gretchen Gregory – gretchen.gregory@gmail.com
Photo by Erin McMillen

GUYSVILLE — John Mullins is gone and he isn’t coming back. That’s the official word from Dave Katz of Ekoostik Hookah, who says the band is considering possible replacements of one of the original founders of the band that popularized the Columbus jam scene.

Comments have run the gamet the past two days on whether this change is good, as the message boards have lit up with ideas on what this means for the band.

While critics say Mullins’ sound is no good and the band is better off, others enjoy the raspy way he sings, often leaving them hungry for more. Whichever side you’re on, however, many regard the man’s song writing abilities over the years as some of the best the band has produced. Continue reading