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Thursday, May 21, 2009

5-23: Hookahville

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

5567/1242765038-les-claypool.jpgThink of Hookahville as Ohio’s own little Bonnaroo. The fest doesn’t draw nearly as many people or feature a genre-spanning lineup, but if jam bands are your thing, it’s a destination festival worth checking out. This year, Hookahville moves to Frontier Ranch (8836 York Rd., Pataskala), east of Columbus, and includes a little bit of everything jam nation has to offer. Bassist extraordinaire and all-around weirdo Les Claypool (from Primus, pictured) and reggae staples the Wailers are the big draws; up-and-coming jam band Toubab Krewe, Columbus reggae faves the Ark Band and local funksters Mifuné are also on the bill. Hosts Ekoostik Hookah will play two sets each day. And, as always, camping is available. The gates open at 8 this morning, and the festival features music all day today and tomorrow. Two-day tickets: $60 advance, $80 at the gate. — Jeff Niesel

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