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Spring Hookahville to rock Memorial Day Weekend

May 8, 2011
By ERIC AYRES - Times Leader News Editor

THORNVILLE, Ohio - Memorial Day weekend is coming quickly, signaling the kick-off to summer 2011. And with Memorial Day weekend comes Ohio's biggest biannnual music festival - Hookahville.

Spring Hookahville 2011 is set to take place May 27-30 at the legendary Legend Valley Music Center in Thornville, Ohio, located just off Interstate 70 exit 132, east of Columbus.

Ohio's no. 1 jam band ekoostik hookah has been entertaining a loyal following for more than 20 years now, and the institution of Hookahville has been taking place on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends is now in its 18th year.

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Anchored by two nights of performances by ekoostik hookah, the Hookahville weekend also brings a kaleidoscope of musical artists ranging from wildly popular national acts to established and up-and-coming regional acts as well.

It's a music festival and campout that stands behind the mantra "No hassles or bad attitudes."

This year's Spring Hookahville will feature a wide variety of musical acts delivering everything from bluegrass to rock 'n' roll, funk, reggae, soul, dance/house music and more. In addition to ekoostik hookah, music fans will be treated to performances by Yonder Mountain String Band, Slightly Stoopid, Todd Snider, Girl Talk, Orgone, The Ark Band, Ella Riot, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Greensky Bluegrass, Psychedelphia, Higgins Madewell, Tropidelic, Chamberlin, Groovestone Fusion, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, the Folkadelics and Zach Daniels.

The Ohio Valley's own Trainjumpers are also returning to the lineup at this year's Spring Hookahville.

In 1994, the first ever Hookahville was held in central Ohio on ekoostik hookah co-founder Dave Katz's wooded property. The humble fund-raising music festival and campout has grown since then, attracting the likes of big names like Willie Nelson, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, David Crosby, Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band, Arlo Guthrie, Blue Oyster Cult and many prominent musical acts.

In recent years, Hookahville has been presented by promoter Steve Trickle and Trickle Productions, which puts together the blockbuster weekend events featuring top-notch stage productions on two separate stages for nearly continuous musical performances.

Although the Ohio-based ekoostik hookah headlines clubs and festivals throughout the region on a regular basis, Hookahville offers ekoostik hookah and their dedicated fans a chance to enjoy a headlining performance on the grand stage, complete with state-of-the-art lights and sound, video screens and thousands of their enthusiastic fans gathered together.

Admission to Hookahville includes music, parking and camping. Accommodations include restrooms, drinkable water, a medical tent, handicap accessible camping, numerous food and merchandise vendors and more.

A limited number of advance tickets are available at a discount price online. VIP tickets will once again be available, and they include behind-the-stage camping next to your vehicle with easy access into the concert bowl and expanded facilities. Early bird tickets for Friday night arrivals are also available. Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free with a paid adult.

For more information about Spring Hookahville 2011 and other events at Legend Valley or Hookahville, long onto or For information about ekoostik hookah, visit

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