The Ville Music Festival, Clay's Park Resort, North Lawrence, OH- 8/30-9/1
When Ohio’s ekoostik hookah initiated their biannual Hookahville Festivals in 1994, Bill Clinton was settling into his first term as President. Kurt Cobain had just left this world and Jerry Garcia had just gotten married. Since then, every Ohio summer has been bookended by the band’s Spring and Fall festivals.
Dave Katz (keys), Steve Sweney (lead guitar) and Eric Lanese (drums) have been along for the entire Hookahville ride, playing all 40 of the events, jamming with the likes of Willie Nelson, Jorma Kaukonen, Bob Weir, David Crosby, The Wailers, and so many more. Eric Sargent (guitar) and Phil Risko (bass) have been on board since their first Hookahville as members in Spring 2010.
The Ville, as it is now called, landed in Clay’s Park near Canton, Ohio, this past Labor Day weekend for its second romp at the venue. This was to be a lineup ee cummings would love, with moe. joining ekoostik hookah to headline the lengthy bill. The resort proved idyllic for a music festival, with a natural bowl for the main stage, skirted by a nice tree line providing cover for shaded camping. A waterpark affords attendees complimentary canoeing, ziplining, and varied water games and rides to entertain family members of all ages—complete with a full service and reasonably priced Tiki Bar.