The organic and extensive sound waves of Psychedelic Rock, Blues, and Bluegrass graced our ears at Dillingers Event Center & Restuarant in Bucyrus, Ohio by none other than eKoostik Hookah. They are a sight and sound that is unlike many bands today. The most recognizable element that you can take away from experiencing eKoostik Hookah is their true originality.
The ambiance was set at Dillingers with the center’s aubergine walls and dim lighting. The bar was packed and was served by busy yet smiling bartenders. The kitchen was hopping serving up amazing food until 1:00A.M. The place was filled with a hunger for fun, amazing drinks, delicious food and for the sounds of eKoostik Hookah. Towards the back wall you have a lit up stage with a crowd awaiting our band calling out with excitement, “Hoooookah!”
As the band took the stage the lights went up with an array of color that descended upon the Columbus natives. Instantly they began jamming like they have since 1991. I personally have not heard a band so organic as this group. They played very raw sounds that I would easily compare to the legends of The Grateful Dead.
On keys, vocals and acoustic we had the very talented Dave Katz. Dave had a smooth and powerful voice. He had fingers that raced across keys that gave a powerful uniqueness to their music. The sounds he composed were hands down amazing as well as extensive.
We had Eric Sargent on guitar as well as vocals. Eric had a charming smile that he gave his fans as well as his fellow band members during and in-between sets. You could absolutely tell that he loves what he does and enjoys his place on the stage with his guitar in hand. His voice was a perfect addition to Dave’s with strong lyrics and clear vocals.
Another addition to vocals was Phil Risko who was our incredible bassist. Phil stayed totally focused on the music and you could see him really getting into their songs and smiling after each set. His talent is a fantastic asset to the group.
- Left of Phil we had one of our dear founding members, Steve Sweney. Steve was a fantastic guitarist. He kept his head down watching his fingers grace the neck of his guitar. He was so present on stage and yet his character was also mysterious lost in the music. Steve definitely grabbed the attention and admiration from the fans.