ekoostik hookah incorporates many genres of music into their own style, from folk to psychedelic rock, bluegrass to blues, extended jams to concise rock-n-roll, ekoostik hookah's style includes many musical genres for a sound that in the end is distinctly "hookah". With well over 100 original songs, and a large catalog of cover songs to choose from, you will never hear the same show twice. The band is known for its live shows and its ability to feed off of the crowd's energy, using it to fuel the improvised set lists that create unforgettable musical experiences.
Beginning in a 1991 in a smoky basement bar in Columbus, Ohio, ekoostik hookah has become one of the most recognized and influential acts on the touring music scene. Hookah, as they are known by their incredibly faithful fans, has played thousands of shows in over 40 states. They have performed at infamous venues, including The Wetlands Preserve in New York City, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Hookah has shared the stage with music greats, such as Bob Weir and Ratdog, The Allman Brothers, David Crosby, Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Hornsby, and many more. Home grown and independently run, ekoostik hookah helped to pave the way for scores of bands all over the country to be able to head out on the road and do what they love. Just play music.
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early '90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed solo. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. With the use of today's technology, Keller creates samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping, with nothing pre-recorded. The end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica, a genre Keller jokingly calls "acoustic dance music" or ADM."
During the quarantine of 2020 Keller collaborated with electronic music wizard, Erothyme, to come up with "Cell", 8 tracks of "acoustic-ish dance music". Keller named the album "Cell" because all of his guitar and vocals were recorded through a voice memo app on his cell phone and sent to Erothyme to work his magic. Williams says "I couldn't be more proud of this album and how I literally phoned it in. Lemonade made, silver lining found."
Glostik Willy is a Hippy Metal band from Indiana that is made up of brothers Jay Moe & Ralf Mowf, with lifelong partner in rock, Buddha Aguilar. Glostik has spent many years crafting their unique style that has helped them to become the top midwest rock band. A wide variety of influences combined with years of crafting, has created a monster that can be seen every time the band takes the stage.
Glostik has been touring nationally in the US since 2015, released 2 full-length studio albums, and has hosted more than 7 music festivals. Currently, the band is quickly becoming one of the most popular music streamers on Twitch.tv in their off time.
Ed McGee was in ekoostk hookah from 1996 - 2006 and in recent years has reforged a strong connection with the band. His presence on a stage is powerful, as are his vocal and guitar playing abilities. Ed has remained active as a musician, releasing several albums, and performing a weekly livestream from his official Facebook page.
Nat Reeb is a Columbus area favorite known for his amazing vocal abilities and guitar work. He has performed with ekoostik hookah many times over the years and we are particularly excited to bring him back for the Mullins/McGee set. Nat's unique vocal style brings life to John's songs in a way no other human can. We're honored to have him perform with us.