Medeski, Martin & Wood

Hookahville Spring 2002, with Medeski, Martin & Wood, Ekoostik Hookah, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, and others. Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25, at Buckeye Lake Music Center in Thornville, Ohio.

Spring Dance Music Festival Friday, May 24 at Spy, Wish, That Groovee Little Nightclub, and Sanctuary Diner; and Saturday, May 25, at Metropolis $10 Friday, $15 Saturday, $15 in advance for a two-day pass


During their nine-year run, Medeski, Martin & Wood have become all things to all people. The trio continues to satisfy the jazzbo crowd, which counts on the band's Blue Note releases to bear the future-fusion torch. But somewhere along the way, the dreadlocked white-boy network stopped playing Hacky Sack for a minute and took notice -- hence the band's inclusion on this year's spring Hookahville fest.

That jam-band contingent is still highly enamored of MM&W's Booker T.-based instrumental jazz-funk, but later, when the band added the turntables of DJ Logic and drummer Billy Martin became Illy B, hip-hop heads jumped aboard, too. Now MM&W are mentioned in the same breath as the wildly eclectic Ozomatli, and the band's most recent album, Uninvisible, could appeal to just about any lover of the almighty groove.

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