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Published: 2012/08/29

John Kadlecik Joins hookah at Hookaville

Ohio jamband ekoostik hookah hosted their Fall Hookahville festival at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, OH this past weekend. This year’s festival took place a week earlier than usual but still featured a mix of bands and sit ins. ekoostik hookah headlined the festival on both Friday and Saturday and played an early bird sound check set on Thursday night. The rest of the lineup included the Travelin’ McCourys, John Kadlecik and the Tony Rice Unit, among others.

Thursday’s sound check set was an hour in length and allowed for the ekoostik hookah to play around with new material. Fareed Haque sat in with the band on Friday, while Furthur guitarist John Kadlecik joined ekoostik hookah for the entire first set on Saturday. He replaced veteran hookah guitarist guitarist Steve Sweney on such songs as “Y’Ain’t Seen Nothin’,” “Sure Cure For the Blues,” “Walkin Down the Road,” “Another Good Man Gone,” “Give Me the Business,” “Good Time (M-G-R),” “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” “Testify” and “Hey Pocky Way.”

In addition, founding hookah drummer Steve Frye—who left the band in 1993—rejoined the band for some numbers. Likewise, drummer Phil Clark also joined the band and supplied wind instruments for the entire first set and The Beach Boys’ “Sail on Sailor” and The Doors’ “Alabama Song” at the start of the band’s traditionally cover-heavy encore. hookah then close their encore with The Allman Brothers’ “Stand Back” and Supertramp’s “Take the Long Way Home.”

For a larger video from this past weekend’s Hookahville as well as a video from a recent hookah/Zach Deputy jam session, please visit

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