Fall Hookahville Reunites Band with Founding Guitarist John Mullins

The end of summer version of Hookahville, the Ohio festival institution created by ekoostik hookah, announces the lineup for the fall event Friday and Saturday, September 1, 2 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 their features their trademark two nights of headlining shows. Fall Hookahville picks up where the Memorial Day event left off: the popular jamband turning heads by going back to its roots and bringing original co-founder, guitarist/vocalist John Mullins, back into the band after a departure nearly a decade ago. Fans deemed the reconnection with Mullins a complete success and the new lineup has invigorated the expansive base of ekoostik fans.

The upcoming Fall Hookahville lineup crosses genre boundaries blending top talents within the improvisational rock music world ranging to old-school Classic Rock sounds. The Family Stone Experience, the original founding members of Sly and the Family Stone, will perform the main stage Saturday afternoon. Vince Herman, formerly of Leftover Salmon, will perform a solo set Friday afternoon before joining his Great American Taxi group for another set the same day.

Additional acts include The Big Wu from Wisconsin, the live-funk-tronica experience of Chicago’s Liquid Soul, the bluegrass of Oakhurst, Backwoods Drifters, Jeff & Gregg Bell, Crackers and Jam & more.

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, David Crosby, Arlo Guthrie, David Grisman, Dickey Betts, Galactic, Jazz Mandolin Project, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, among dozens of other notable artists, have played the Hookahville stage. Since forming in 1991, ekoostik hookah has independently handled every aspect of its growth.

Tickets for Hookahville are available now online for $60 in advance through August 27 and available at the gate as well, and include camping, parking and two days of two stages of music. Early bird camping with music is available beginning Thursday, August 31 at 4 PM for an additional $20 fee with paid festival admission, for campers who want first pick at campsite locations.

Hookahville has designated camping areas for the handicapped, families and those with children; children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult, and the festival is an all ages event. Included in the price of admission are primitive camping including bathrooms, medical staff, and potable water. 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.

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

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