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• WHAT: Ekoostik Hookah (with opener Ebin's Flow)
• WHEN: 6 p.m. June 6
• WHERE: Jack Daniels Barrel House Saloon, 101 E. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
• COST: $10/ticket
• INFO: ohiobikeweek.com
Whereas some groups make an all-out sprint for the finish line when they start and subsequently burn out or fade away, jam band Ekoostik Hookah has been on one steady pace – occasionally releasing albums and touring whenever it wanted – throughout its existence.
Furthermore, this seemingly pressure-free existence helps explains why the Columbus-based act is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
“When we first got together I wouldn’t have necessarily thought it would last this long, but I guess you never know until you try,” said keyboardist/singer Dave Katz, a Shaker Heights native who now calls Shalersville home. “Our personalities have been able to keep us together, which often times is a big problem in bands. Also, I think we’ve been able to produce a type of music that appeals to a broad enough audience. And that audience is what sustains us.”
Those fans may be scratching around for the group’s next studio effort, which would be a follow-up to its last album “Under Full Sail: It All Comes Together.” However, it appears they’ll have to be content with a new concert DVD release due out this summer from the group most often described as Ohio’s jam band.
“The whole jam band thing is kind of generally a misnomer for most bands because a lot of bands jam,” Katz said. “The term jam band to me is always giving a better description of the crowd than the music, because a jam band could be a jazz band or a rock band or a bluegrass band or whatever. The crowd is always kind of the same type of crowd. They like to travel and go to festivals and that type of thing.”
This includes fans coming out to see the band’s return to Ohio Bike Week. Ekoostik Hookah plays June 6 at the Jack Daniels Barrel House Saloon.
"The appeal of the Ohio Bike Week seems to span a lot of different types of people, and of course all the people who come to the bike fest aren't necessarily bikers," Katz said. "We have a lot of our regular fans who show up too, but we can put it out there. We can rock like the bikers want to hear. And there are some bikers with a soft side too. So it's always gone over fine doing that."
Ekoostik Hookah performs at 8 p.m. June 6 at the Jack Daniels Barrel House Saloon, 101 East Shoreline Dr., Sandusky. Ebin's Flow will be opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, visit ohiobikeweek.com.