əkoostik 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.
Former Hookah singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist (’96-’05) Ed McGee, venturing all the way from Denver, Colorado where he plays with his band Pika, will play an acoustic solo set of old favorites and some recent songs, then later sit in with ekoostik hookah for a set.
Video: Ed McGee “Alexander III”
On his new release Another Day (Eusonia Records, 2011), Zach Deputy demonstrates his extraordinary ability to perform and record in multiple contexts and conveys the sensibilities of a mature singer/songwriter. Another Day offers another look at Zach Deputy and seeks to help him cross over into other audiences. Rich with ballads and mid-tempo songs, the music on this recording is best described as soulful rhythm and blues, with flavors of Al Green, Taj Mahal and Stevie Wonder emerging in the swells, changes and modulations of the music, in the voice and even in the lyrical content. The record will appeal to fans of contemporary artists like Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, but the origins of the style and feel remain classic. Another Day is an appropriately titled album, and it is truly an album in the classic sense—a collection of songs that come from the same time and place, inspired by the same muse. Reflective and introspective, it provides a glimpse at the soul of an artist and the depth of a songwriter. Full of hope and anticipation of the promise of another day, a new day, it is a pivotal point in the career of a touring musician. Whereas it is a departure for Zach Deputy, it is one that he feels confident his fans can relate to, but it isn’t the end in itself. Deputy’s multi-faceted diamond gets one side polished in this offering, and it is a side that will shine brightly for a new audience.
The new Freekbass album, CINCINNATI, is a culmination of all projects Freekbass has worked on in the last few years. The album was released on Ropeadope at the end of 2015. From the funk of his own touring band, The Bump Assembly, to the electrofunk of side project, Headtronics with DJ Logic, Steve Molitz and keyboard genius Bernie Worrell, to the funk schooling from friend and mentor funk legend Bootsy Collins (another Cincinnati citizen), Freekbass once again teamed up with Producer Duane Lundy who produced his last album, “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real.”
Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and MidnightStar. While working in a music shop to pay off his fi rst electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament, and Bootsy, with a bass in one hand and an MPC2000 in the other.
Going into 2015, Freek had a lot of things on the table. He released his album, “Everybody’s Feelin’ Real,” produced by Duane Lundy (Joe Pug, Dawn Landes, Sunday Valley/Sturgill Simpson) and included P-Funk/Rubberband keyboardist Razor Sharp Johnson, horn man Skerik, and Trey Anastasio Band vocalist/trumpet, Jennifer Hartswick. He was also a part of that year’s London Bass Guitar Show in the UK, giving a master class and performing, plus extensive touring with his mainstay funk group, “Freekbass & The Bump Assembly,” which also includes Big Bamn on drums and Jason Burgard on saxophones and horns.
Freekbass says, “with the last album, producer Duane and I were just starting to know each other. On this album we have since worked on many projects together and thus have a strong feel and vision where we want the music to go. Plus, I had taken some time off from touring with my own band before starting the last album. With this one, we have been hitting it pretty hard on the road as a band, so we were used to playing together. Plus, we spent a lot of time on writing songs and pre-production before we even got in the studio. With all of the touring leading up to the recording, I feel more con dent as a player, singer, and songwriter than I have in a long time.”The title of the album comes from Freek growing up in the rich musical sounds of Cincinnati, OH – Home to label, King Records, where James Brown recorded many of his hit records, and ranging from artists from the Afghan Whigs to Midnight Star. “I’m asked a lot in interviews outside of Cincinnati if I would be playing music if I grew up somewhere else. I am sure I would, but not sure it would be funk. Cincinnati and Ohio have such a strong funk tradition, you heard and felt it no matter what part of the city you grew up in. Since we are not NYC or Los Angeles, I think the funk here had to yell a little louder, which is where the Ohio and Cincinnati funk sound came from. Cincinnati is a major part of why I sound like I do and the reason I am inspired to play music, which is why it was an easy choice when it came to naming the album.”
Freekbass was faced by tragedy last month when his drummer and best friend succumbed to a fatal car accident. He is now picking up the pieces and is reforming his band ‘Freekbass & The Bump Assembly’ for his upcoming 2016 club and festival dates. “Bamn always expected me to raise the level of playing in the band as high as I could. After meditating on that and having long talks with both Bootsy and producer Duane Lundy I knew it was time to take the next step to the next level of the Funk.” Starting with Freek’s next show the group will now consist of Freekbass on bass and vocals, keyboard and funk legend Razor Sharp Johnson from Bootsy Collins’ Rubberband, and Rico Lewis on drums from George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic. This Funk-ultra-power Trio is the next logical step in the continuing journey of Freekbass. Book now and get ready for a new flight from docking from The Mothership!
Tropidelic formed along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in murky, Kent, Ohio. Fusing energetic funk, hip-hop and reggae, the group built a following distributing over 10,000 free copies of their self-produced first EP, “Rebirth of The Dope” on campuses and street corners throughout the Great Lakes. After the release of their second EP, “Tree City Exodus” and relocating to nearby Cleveland, the group solidified their growing status in the Midwest supporting acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Sublime w/Rome, Soja, The Wailers, Flobots & many more. In addition to appearances at Warped Tour and Bamboozle Festival (NYC), the group released their third EP, “Erie Vibes & Irie Tides” in 2011. Following several member changes, including the addition of a horn section and masked percussionist, the group released their first full length album, “All Heads Unite” the following year.
In 2014, Tropidelic was shut down by police during a SXSW (Austin) street performance and was published by national media outlets when their rehearsal space was haphazardly raided by police. After two back to back sell out shows on 12/31/14 & 3/21/15 at the renown, Grog Shop, in Cleveland, the group supported Badfish (Sublime Tribute) on their South East tour playing to packed houses at venues like House Of Blues Orlando, House Of Blues Myrtle Beach and Jannus Live (St. Petersburg). Their 2015 release, “Police State” features appearances by East Coast reggae/rock friends, Sun-Dried Vibes and Bumpin’ Uglies. After another successful tour of the South East in September 2015, the group is hard at work on their next full length release tentatively titled “Go Down With The Ship”.
Glostik Willy is the life support for the rock & roll you thought was dead. The band formed in early 2008, and since then has grown to be a driving force in today’s scene bridging the gap between rock and jam and forming their own genre of music that can only be described as Hippy Metal. GW has done 500+ performances in more than 17 states and counting. The band has hosted 7 music festivals (May Daze, Stik Nite, Twig Nite, Willy Fest) and performed at over 35 festivals. Glostik Willy brings an energy like no other during live performances that gets crowds moving and grooving all night long. Currently the band is working on a new album that will feature the bands most recent musical workings while releasing a series of live albums. Glostik Willy continues to thrive on the road spreading their love for music to anyone with an open ear. If this group of in your face Hippy Metal addicts happen to stop by a city near you, be sure not to miss this amazing musical spectacle that the world knows as Glostik Willy.
Vibe & Direct
Vibe & Direct is an emerging 3-piece jam band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and is comprised of Mike Miller, Danny Giannetto, and Doug Rab. The trio is an ever-evolving musical fusion that blends the musical spectrum, leaving in their wake a psychelectrojam dance party. They perform with a magnetic pulse, creating an aurally and visually immersive experience. The boys released their debut EP – Psychadelevator, in 2013, and are planning to release their second project in 2015.
MARBIN is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring in 2011 and has played over a thousand shows since, bringing their original instrumental music everywhere in the States that they could book a show. After well over a thousand shows and more than 20,000 albums sold, Marbin has gained thousands of devoted fans all over the worldwide. Marbin has released five albums with Moonjune Records: Marbin (2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), and Aggressive Hippies (2015).
The Cleveland born and bred Yosemight, have come a long way since their roots in 2012. Having played over 150 shows in 2014, don’t be surprised to see these guys on numerous bills all over this summer. While mixing aspects of just about everything will assuredly fill any harmonious hunger you may crave, it’s the live experimentation that will catch your ear.
Band of Peace
A veritable supergroup comprised of former members of several upstate New York bands – among them, Big Leg Emma, Little Mountain Band, and Sonic Garden – BOP is a unique force on the contemporary jam-band scene, due to its emphasis on solid songwriting and a refined, laid-back approach to improvisation that favors inter-band dialogue over grand-standing and substance over flash.
Drawing equally from the deep influential pools of roots music, Americana, rock, world music, and various hybrids thereof, BOP offers a refreshing take on the modern jam band aesthetic, one that marries ensemble virtuosity to a firm grasp on the craft of songwriting.
Boogie Matrix is a 5-piece jam-machine, playing an original mix of funk, blues-rock, reggae and psychedelia which is guaranteed to make you move your feet. Aside from their eclectic range of styles, and face-melting jams, they are dedicated to rocking your socks off every time. With six years and four albums under their belt, they know just how to throw a dance party. The group is currently playing shows and festivals across the mid-west promoting their newest release: Coaster Ride.
Subterranean is Chuckie Love on bass formerly from the Werks, Danny Sauers on Sax formerly from Heavy Weather and Romeo Champagne, Rob Brockman on Drums formerly from The Maji and Magic Jackson, and Chris Coalt on guitar formerly from Romeo Champagne. We joined forces to start a Wed. night jam @ our favorite spot J-Alans. From the first note it was clear this is a band with a capital B. Since then the band has spread like wild fire into Columbus, Cincy, Dayton and has made its way on to the Festival scene playing The Werk Out, Snugglefest, Family Roots, May Daze, Mad Tea Party and many others. The Subterranean House Band is just getting started and has a ton of potential to continue to grow and spread the love.
Elementree Livity Project
Elementree Livity Project has created a recipe for success based on one goal. That goal is simple; to bring the message of Livity to the masses by spreading positive vibes; a message of peace, harmony, & acceptance for all people. It is a message of love & understanding for all. Since taking the stage by storm in 2013, ELP has carved out a space all their own with their whirlwind grooves, electric leads, and thundering bass lines. Already, they have shared the stage with artists like Shaggy, The Original Wailers, MAGIC!, Nahko & Medicine for The People, Fortunate Youth, Keller Williams, Papadosio and The Revivalists to name just a few. After every storm, the sun will shine and the future of ELP is looking bright!
Derek Woods BAND is a 5-piece Singer-Songwriter fronted Rock N’ Roll/Jam Band based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DWB prides themselves in being reminiscent of the 60s/70s era of musical revolution while pulling in a modern-day, jam-band vibe.
Derek Woods Band w/ Dirk Miller of Rusted Root (New Years Eve ’15)
Derek Woods Band @ FarmJammaLamma Music Festival ’15
Jeff Klemm & The Letters
Dubbed the “Hardest Working Man In Akron Show Business” American singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer, Jeff Klemm is based out of Northeast Ohio best known for his work as MAID MYRIAD’s frontman and guitarist in the now defunct VIA LOTUS. He has performed his music all over the country many times over embarking on several national full band and solo acoustic tours. His accomplished work as a sound engineer has been showcased prominently in national venues and mainstream radio stations.
Born February 27, 2014; Jojo Stella is a Funk influenced Fusion-Rock & Soul outfit, with elements Jazz and Improvisation. They have quickly started making a name for themselves through live performances showcasing their high energy sound, and stage communication; even earning a slot as a preferred act of the infamous Merry Pranksters for their gatherings in the past year…They’re like a cult film, or your favorite kind of discontinued gum.
Ernie Johnson From Detroit
G.Finesse & Black Eagle
G. Finesse and Black Eagle is a original band based out of Columbus, Ohio, with a unique blend of Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz, Funk and Reggae. They perform not only for the true Hip-Hop heads, but for music enthusiasts, dancers and dreamers.
KrisB’s Midnight Railroad
This is a band formed of talented players of diverse abilities. The members, living in Ohio as individual songwriters each with their own styles, mesh into this Original Americana Bluegrass group. Inspired writing and four part vocal harmony sets this band apart from the rest.
From folk to funk! Original songs and jams to original takes on a variety of covers, is what you will hear at one of Derick Howard’s shows. He performs solo as a “One Man Jam Band” by using an audio sampler to record (Live) loop tracks on his guitar, bass, hand percussion, and vocals to make the sound of a full band.
Voodoo Visionary hails from the dirty south musical mecca of Atlanta. Their improvisational funk dance music delicately balances a tight rhythm section featuring deep grooving bass and funky drum beats with diverse and dexterous keys and masterful guitar licks to create a sound the group calls psychofunk. Influenced by a wide array of artists such as Parliament-Funkadelic, the Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, and Medeski Martin and Wood, Voodoo Visionary has a uniquely blended sound that’s guaranteed to put the ‘oogie in yo boogie.
SOUSE is a seven piece jazz-funk band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Formed in the Spring of 2004, out of the ashes of the late progressive fusion act Final Exit, SOUSE quickly became one of the premier jazz-funk bands in the Midwest. Blending infectious melodies with layered rhythms and open improvisational passages, SOUSE continues to forge a unique sound and push the envelope with explosive live performances.
The Mainline Funk
The Mainline Funk are quickly emerging as a unique jam/funk/improv band. With The Mainline Funk, improvisation is the only rule in a band with no rules! With the combination of a wide variety of styles and influences ranging from Jam, to Blues, to Funk, to Reggae, our original songs have amazed crowds at clubs, theaters, and festivals since it first broke-out in 2014, creating that “Good Time” vibe that will have you moving your feet and shaking your tail all night long!!!