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Friday, November 27, 2009

What to Do Tonight: Ekoostic Hookah

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 7:35 AM

It might seem odd that an Ohio-based jam band would repeatedly be invited to perform in reggae-obsessed Jamaica. But after hearing Ekoostic Hookah’s psychedelic improv music, you’ll immediately get it. After all, the sound they make is a perfect complement to the inexpensive ganja you might sample during a visit to the small Caribbean nation. Formed in 1991 by singer-keyboardist Dave Katz, guitarist Steve Sweney, bassist Cliff Starbuck and singer-guitarist John Mullins (drummer Eric Lanese joined in ‘93), Ekoostic Hookah have become one of the most beloved bands of the national jam-band scene. They set themselves apart from the fray with their carefully arranged three-part harmonies and a very open mind when it comes to music. You’ll hear a little bit of jazz, folk and experimental noodling in their annual Thanksgiving show, which starts at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124, beachlandballroom.com). Gypsy Relic open. Tickets: $20 advance, $22 day of show. — Ernest Barteldes

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