Old Crow Bar
1217 Jackson Ln,
Middletown, OH 45044
9:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Buckeye Music Magazine Proudly Presents Ekoostik Hookah with very special guest Aliver Hall
Buckeye Music Magazine and the Old Crow Bar are very excited to bring back to Middletown, ekoostik hookah. For over 20 years hookah has been serving up Ohio Homegrown music at it's best and for the first time in over a decade the band is back in Middletown at the Old Crow Bar Friday, January 17. Joining hookah for this special night and making their Middletown debut is Akron's Aliver Hall. This promises to be a special night and we want you to be a part of it so mark your calendars for Friday, January 17 and join Buckeye Music Magazine and the Old Crow Bar as we welcome ekoostik hookah and Aliver Hall.
Doors Open at 7pm ~ Music Starts at 9pm
Tickets: $15 at the door
Parking: Additional parking will be available in the Milton's Doughnut parking lot next to Speedway.
Dave Katz - keys, vocals, acoustic guitar
Eric Lanese - drums, vocals
Steve Sweney - guitar
Phil Risko - bass, vocals
Eric Sargent - guitar, vocals
One of the most original and energetic acts around today, ekoostik hookah is the nucleus of a family drawn to its lucid, improvisational treatment of psychedelic rock ’n’ roll, blues, funk, jazz and bluegrass layered with rich harmonies. Born early in 1991 in a smoky basement bar, the band has been continually evolving, cultivating a sound that has perked the ears of contemporaries and attracted fans who travel miles to hear them play.
The Ohio-based band began jamming during weekly open-mic nights when vocalist/keyboardist Dave Katz, lead guitarist Steve Sweney, bassist Cliff Starbuck and guitarist/vocalist John Mullins had full-time gigs with popular bands. The ensemble quickly found a following and began this odyssey when a stranger who heard them at a party bankrolled a trip to the studio to record Under Full Sail. By the end of recording, band members had committed themselves full-time to ekoostik hookah. Drummer Eric Lanese joined in 1993. Since its birth ekoostik hookah has independently handled every aspect of its growth.
ekoostik hookah has played in more than 30 states at venues including New York’s Wetlands Preserve, Chicago’s House of Blues, Cleveland’s Nautica Stage, Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse, Boulder’s Fox Theater, Columbus’ Promowest Pavilion, Cleveland’s House of Blues, LA's Whiskey a Go-Go and San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. In 1997 hookah was invited to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ekoostik hookah played its first international shows in June 1999 in Negril, Jamaica. Since then the band has traveled back to Jamaica (in 2002), to the Netherlands in 2003 and back to Jamaica in 2006, bringing their fans along each time.
Though intense live energy fuels this band, hookah fans have snatched up more than 100,000 copies of its eight releases: Under Full Sail (1991), Dubbahbuddah (1994), an untitled, two-disc live set (1996), Where the Fields Grow Green (1998), Hookahville Spring ’98 (1998), Sharp in the Flats (1999), Seahorse (2001) and Ohio Grown (2002).
Hookahville, the band’s home-thrown festival featuring two nights of music and camping in Ohio’s green hills, has been called by fans and critics the best music festival in the Midwest. The biannual happening began in 1994 as a camp-out in Dave Katz and band manager Jeff Spencer’s backyard. Growing steadily, it has since been held at different venues on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The attendance for Hookahville Spring ’00 exceeded 15,000. Hookahville allows the band to create its ideal "no hassles or bad attitudes" playing environment and share it with many fine live acts. Ratdog, David Crosby, Arlo Guthrie, David Grisman, Dickey Betts, The David Nelson Band, Willie Nelson, The Wailers, P-Funk, Robert Randolph, Little Feat, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Blues Traveler and many others have played on the Hookahville stage. Hookahville stage.
Lance Ballard - Drums
Jim Garibaldi - Bass
Alex Hall - Guitar/Vocals
Jim Tauscher - Guitar/Vocals
Akron, Ohio’s Aliver Hall brings rock and roll to its happy place, while at the same time getting down and dirty. Anthemic, uplifting energy characterizes the group's live show, which continues to leave concertgoers wanting more and more, thanks to a fury of progressive rock drumming, tight bass lines that weave in and out of vintage-toned guitar rhythms, and lush vocal harmonies. Featuring as much heady structure and lyrical prowess as loose improvisation and jamband-inspired soloing, Aliver Hall is most at home on stage. Still, the band's debut studio effort, "Welcome to Aliver Hall," gained the attention of fans and critics alike in 2011 with its concept album structure and superior sound, and, in 2012, the band received critical acclaim for their live release, "Live Summer and Fall 2011," and their second studio effort, "Chasing the Rain." During this time and since, Aliver Hall has established themselves as an in-your-face rock act alongside their jamband roots, touring extensively and turning heads wherever they go.