Hookahville 25 to Feature Yonder Mountain String Band, Blues Traveler
Festival Revives ekoostik hookah Past as Band Reunites With Former Founder for 25th Bi-Annual Festival May 26, 27 at Legend Valley (Formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) in Central Ohio

Steve Sweeney - ekoostik hookah
Hookahville by Scott Preston
Hookahville, the Ohio festival institution celebrating its 25th production since its humble, rural beginnings in 1994, has confirmed the lineup for the spring event Friday and Saturday, May 26-27 at Legend Valley (formerly Buckeye Lake Music Center) in Thornville, Ohio.

The two-day music and camping event is hosted by the Columbus, Ohio group, ekoostik hookah and features their trademark two nights of headlining shows. The popular jamband is turning heads and going back to its roots by bringing original co-founder, guitarist/vocalist John Mullins, back into the band after a departure nearly a decade ago.

This year's Hookahville lineup crosses genre boundaries blending top talents within the improvisational rock music world and ranges to diverse, new-school bluegrass sounds. Saturday's mainstage lineup begins with the energetic and playful "newgrass" of the Yonder Mountain String Band and continues with one of the top bands the scene has to offer with a performance from a re-energized Blues Traveler. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for Hookahville are available now online for $50 in advance through March 31 and will move to the next level of pricing as of April 1. Early bird camping is available beginning Thursday May 25 at 4 p.m. for an additional $20 fee, with paid festival admission, for campers who want first pick at campsite locations and to hear additional bands perform.

Hookahville has designated camping areas for the handicapped and families and those with children; additionally, children ten and under are admitted free with a paid adult, and the festival is an all ages event. Camping is included in the price of admission, with primitive camping services available, bathrooms, medical staff, water are provided. Vendors are set up offering various cuisines as well as a wide variety of merchandise.

Hookahville, the band's home-thrown festival featuring two nights of music and camping in Ohio's quiet green hills, has been called by fans the best music festival in the Midwest. The biannual happening began in 1994 as a camp-out on band co-founder Dave Katz's wooded land. Growing steadily, it has since been held at different venues on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

Hookahville allows the band to create its ideal "no hassles or bad attitudes" playing environment and share it with many fine live acts. In the past, Ratdog, Willie Nelson, Dr. John, David Crosby, Arlo Guthrie, David Grisman, Dickey Betts, Little Feat, Galactic, Jazz Mandolin Project, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, among dozens of others have played the Hookahville stage.

For more information on Hookahville, its history, photos, venue information, directions, and links to purchase tickets visit www.legendvalley.net.


[Published on: 3/6/06]

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cocheese Tue 3/7/2006 06:11AM
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Willie! Ratdog! Little Feat! Dickey Betts pickin' on that red guitar! Man so many choices to be make, but this line-up for me personally is a can't miss. It would be super sweet if OAR would join, Ohio is their 2nd home. I know that will bring some negative comments. BE FUN HAVE GOOD!

Teabagger starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/7/2006 11:24AM
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Wow, Hookahville bringing in the big guns.

festivalqueen starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/7/2006 12:33PM
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heck yeah ive been dying for some yonder...should make up for the awesome two nites i missed in columbus i heard about! heck yeah! aweeesommmmeeee! hooookahh!

AVANTGUARD starstarstarstar Tue 3/7/2006 09:01PM
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Hookahville's looking better. I hope they can pick up a few of the bands playing at Summer Camp '06 and maybe Ricky Scaggs and KY Thunder. That'd pretty much seal the deal for me.

gano Wed 3/8/2006 11:26AM
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sorry tboneaplenty, but those are all former acts over the years, the new bands are ymsb and blues traveler

sunshine710 starstarstarstar Thu 3/9/2006 09:24AM
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This year will be my first hookah :)

Can't wait to Yonder the night away! :D

KW024 Wed 3/15/2006 11:58PM
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Seems like an insane time, as a first to hookahville i hope to seed some amazing jams and maybe a little more YMSB mixed with John Popper. Jerry's Birthday bash was amazing

tyjernigan starstarstarstarstar Tue 5/16/2006 01:15PM
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Allie I. Wed 3/26/2008 07:26PM
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Allie I.

it's Sweney, not Sweeney, geesh