Saturday, May 23, 2009

Headed to Hookahville!

I'm heading to Hookahville in the morning!!!

The 31st installment of the festival actually kicked off earlier tonight, with an early-bird special concert from Great American Taxi, featuring Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon.

The festival returns to the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio, for the first time since 2005.

On the agenda for tomorrow includes the acoustic duo Higgins and Madewell, instrumental African music from Toubab Krewe, experimental-jamband Sweet Water Meltdown, Steve Kimock's new gospel and soul outfit Crazy Engine, Columbus reggae band the Ark Band, the legendary Wailers (performing the Exodus album in its entirety, which includes songs like "Natural Mystic", "Exodus" of course, "Jamming", "Three Little Birds" and "One Love"), the Afro-electronic-jazz outfit Mifune, two sets from psychedelic jamband Ekoostik Hookah and a latenight show from Denver bluegrass band Oakhurst.

Sunday wraps up with local funky bass player Freekbass, Dayton's psychedelic jamband Skeleton Crew, experimental-art rock band Secret Chiefs 3, soul and roots band Train Jumpers, the always interesting Les Claypool, Michigan's funky-techno outfit My Dear Disco, two more sets from Ekoostik Hookah and a latenight show from Afrobeat-folk band Ragbirds.

I won't be doing any live blogging or updating from the festival, but check back early next week for reviews, pictures, video and maybe some interviews.

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