Ohio’s premier music festival returns in its tenth year Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-29, to Frontier Ranch Music Center in Kirkersville, Ohio, approximately 20 miles east of Columbus.

The Hookahville festival lineup centers on progressive improvisational bands and event headliner ekoostik hookah for two sets each night. Expanding upon their lucid treatment of rock ’n’ roll, blues, funk, jazz, and bluegrass layered with rich harmonies, the sextet is known for its high-energy, creatively improvisational shows.

Since the festival's inception in 1994, Hookahville has always presented an all-star lineup featuring top performers from a wide variety of styles.

The "It Came From Kentucky" tour performs Saturday afternoon and features a group of artists representing some of the best of what bluegrass has to offer. This lineup includes Del McCoury Band, Grammy-nominated, eight-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year, member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry, and the "first family of bluegrass." Mandolin maestro Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Mountain Heart will begin the music on Saturday with their all-acoustic sets.

Appearing Friday afternoon are ekoostik hookah's long-time collaborators and friends Leftover Salmon. The band first appeared at Hookahville Fall 1997 and brings its combination of bluegrass, Cajun, funk, Southern rock, boogie, Caribbean, Latin, and jazz influences to the festival stage.

The spot before the headliner on Saturday belongs to the multi-talented Keller Williams, making his first Hookahville appearance since Hookahville Fall 1999. The innovative Williams has been dubbed a "one man band for the new century," as Keller is the only musician on his stage performing on guitars, basses, synthesizers, drums, and assorted percussion using loops and other technologies.

Leftover Salmon
Opening the festival on Friday is Bomb Squad. Durkin appeared at Hookahville Spring 2000 with her former band Deep Banana Blackout, and has since embarked on a solo career that earned The Bomb Squad "Best Unsigned Artist in the U.S." recognition from The Coca-Cola American Music Awards in 2003.

The tree-lined Frontier Ranch is the perfect serene setting for an intimate weekend of music, camping, and culture. Located just 20 minutes east of Columbus among rolling hills, Frontier Ranch Music Center is truly one of Ohio’s best keep secrets. The event is all ages and children under ten years old are free with a paying adult. Hookahville is a rain or shine event and pets are not allowed.

Tickets are on-sale now online and at all Ticketmaster locations for $75 and include music, on-site camping, and parking. Day of show tickets will be $85 at the gate and Saturday-only tickets will also be available at the gate for $55. For more information and ticketing links visit www.hookahville.com or call 888-TIXX-100.

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[Published on: 5/17/04]

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