THORNVILLE, Ohio - Legendary rock band Little Feat, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes and many others will join the cast of musical acts gearing up for this year's Fall Hookahville on Labor Day Weekend.
Ohio's own ekoostik hookah plays host to the biannual celebration at Legend Valley Music Center, the outdoor concert landmark that over the decades has welcomed everyone from the Grateful Dead to Metallica and Hank Williams Jr. to Jimmy Buffett. In recent years, the venue located east of Columbus just off Interstate 70 has been home to Hookahville every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend.
Topping the bill, as always, is the region's most widely acclaimed jam band, ekoostik hookah, which is celebrating its 20th year together as a band. The group's loyal fans look forward to seeing ekoostik hookah perform headlining sets on a big, elaborate stage every year during the big biannual event, and the band has a tradition of pulling out all the stops for each Hookahville.
The music festival and campout brings the best regional acts together on a bill alongside nationally renowned bands for a full holiday weekend of music, dancing and fun - not to mention relaxation, if you so chose.
This year's lineup will feature ekoostik hookah, Little Feat and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, along with an eclectic mix of musical talent, with performances by The Recipe, John Mullins Band, Rumpke Mountain Boys, The Salty Caramels, Truth & Salvage Co., The Ark Band, Thinner Teed, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons, Perpetual Groove, Jesse Henry Band, Groovestone Fusion, KrisB Midnight Railroad and Adam Tarzano.
The bill delivers performances from both veteran and up-and-coming talent, representing a wide variety of musical genres ranging from rock'n'roll, jam band, blue grass, reggae, renegade country and more.
Now marking it's 34th Hookahville, the festival continues to embrace the mantra of "no hassles or bad attitudes."
Once known as the Buckeye Lake Music Center, Legend Valley is located off Interstate 70 exit 132 near Thornville, Ohio, east of Columbus. Legend Valley's own Steve Trickle of Trickle Productions is once again producing the show, which promises to match the full-tilt spectacle that made this year's Spring Hookahville one to remember. Admission to Hookahville includes music, parking and primitive camping. Accommodations include port-a-potty restrooms, drinkable water, a medical tent, handicap accessible camping, numerous food and specialty merchandise vendors and more.
A limited number of advance tickets are still available online. VIP tickets will once again be available, and they include camping next to your vehicle with easy access into the concert bowl and expanded facilities. RV camping is also available for an extra fee.
Early bird tickets for Friday night arrivals are also available. There will be live entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday night for early birds, who will be able to park at their campsite as long as they arrive before 10 p.m. and their vehicle is not moved until Sunday.
Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free with a paid adult.
Ayres can be reached online at eayres@ timesleaderonline.com.