ekoostik hookah incorporates many genres of music into their own style, from folk to psychedelic rock, bluegrass to blues, extended jams to concise rock-n-roll, ekoostik hookah’s style includes many musical genres for a sound that in the end is distinctly “hookah”. With well over 100 original songs, and a large catalogue of cover songs to choose from, you will never hear the same show twice. The band is known for its live shows and its ability to feed off of the crowd’s energy, using it to fuel the improvised set lists that create unforgettable musical experiences.
Founding members, Dave Katz (keys, vocals, acoustic guitar), Steve Sweney (guitar), and long standing drummer, Eric Lanese, have been the mainstays, providing the foundation and longevity that few acts have been able to maintain. The infusion of Phil Risko (bass, vocals) and Eric Sargent (guitar, vocals) in 2010 helped keep the band fresh and relevant. 2018 brings Phil’s departure and the arrival of Matt Paetsch on bass.
Beginning in a 1991 in a smoky basement bar in Columbus, Ohio, ekoostik hookah has become one of the most recognized and influential acts on the touring music scene. Hookah, as they are known by their incredibly faithful fans, has played thousands of shows in over 40 states. They have performed at infamous venues, including The Wetlands Preserve in New York City, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Hookah has shared the stage with music greats, such as Bob Weir and Ratdog, The Allman Brothers, David Crosby, Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Hornsby, and many more. Home grown and independently run, ekoostik hookah helped to pave the way for scores of bands all over the country to be able to head out on the road and do what they love. Just play music.
ekoostik hookah has also been host to one of the longest running music festivals in the country. Hookahville, sometimes known as The Ville Music Festival, began in 1994, and has catered to music fans of all ages twice a year ever since. Beginning as a little get together of 800 people in the woods, by 1999 the festival was regularly drawing between 8000 and 15000 people. Long time veterans of the festival stage, Hookah has had the pleasure of playing Bonnaroo, Gathering of the Vibes, High Sierra, Wakarusa, All Good, and many others. To this day, at any festival, if you listen closely, you stand a good chance of hearing a call of “hooooooookah” ringing out through the night.