Friday, April 04, 2008

Ekoostik Hookah Rocks Lafayette

On Saturday, March 29th, Ekoostik Hookah was back in town, along with several of my hookahhead friends from all around. I always love it when they come to Indiana. It doesn't happen often enough. Although, I'm feeling pretty lucky this year because along with the show in Lafayette, they have two other Indiana shows scheduled this year........YEAH!!!!!

Ryan and I met up with a few friends at our house before the show. Our friends Joel and Steph from Toledo, and Kelly Jo from Grand Rapids all came down to stay with us for the night.

I was super excited when we got to the show until I realized that Kelly Jo had forgotten her ID in her my house. CRAP!!!! This poor girl drove all the way from Michigan to see this show, and as her friend, I was not going to let her miss the whole thing. So, right before they started playing, Kelly Jo and I headed back to West Middleton to get that dang ID!!!!

I tried not to speed too much, but I knew we were going to miss about half the show, so I put the pedal to the metal a little :-) When we got to the house, I ran in, peed, Kelly got her ID, and out the door we went!!!

We made it back just as the first set was ending. I felt really bad for Kelly Jo. No one wants to miss half the show they just drove five hours to see. But then again, I guess it was better than missing the whole thing. Several people were like, "I wouldn't drive all the way back....let her sit in the bar until the show is over." Of course, the people that were saying that were not the people we were with. That's NOT how our friends roll!!!! I felt like I had no other choice. leaving her in the bar, or anywhere else, was not an option!!

Once we made it back to Lafayette, it was great times as always. We got to see an awesome second set and encore. I also managed to snag another one of Eric's broken drumsticks from him after the show. I've got a pretty nice little collection of those things now :-)

I really didn't take very many pictures. I wish I would have. I'm always disappointed in myself when I don't get pictures of our friends when we get together. I was mainly just interested in getting up as close as I could and soaking in as much music as I could in the little time I had left.

I think I managed to get at least one picture of everyone in the band. The top picture (and you may actually know them by now) is John Mullins: lead guitar, vocals.
Next is my playful friend and awesome bassist, Cliff Starbuck.
Yeah baby............Everyone should know who Eric is by now. Stating the obvious: um....he's the drummer :-) And my guilty pleasure. I was a very happy girl when I saw that long mane of his haning down his back. I hardly ever see him with his hair down. You all know how I feel about that long hair!!!!!
Steve Sweney......the guitar god!!!! On we abbreviate his name as "SFS." If you use your knowledge of deciphering online chat abbreviations, you can probably figure it out pretty easy. Obviously, the two S's are for his name, and the F would be the same as the F in "WTF." So, yeah, we just refer to him as SFS............he rocks my world every time I see him!!!Now, I know this seems weird considering how I feel about feet, but my opinions are different about the Hookah boys' feet........I love them. And these belong to Dave Katz. it's actually the only picture I got of him :-)
We were lucky enough to hang out with Dave and Kelly Ann for awhile too. I didn't get to talk to them much since I drove home during the first set, but I danced my tail off with them during the second set!!!

We had a blast!!! And it's less than a week until my next Hookah fix.....tell ya all about it when i get back!!!!


Jen said...

WOW! You are a super friend for taking Kelly Jo back home to get her ID. I bet no one else volunteered to do that, hu?

enN2sp said...

Your a Great friend Alli! I would have done the same thing.

s-hooks said...

Dang, that was a major sacrifice for you. You rock!

Hey, I worked to some Ekoostik music last night. I found them on was playing while I did my homework. I like it..mellow, easy-going. And SFS :) can play the guitar, dang! I especially like the acoustic recordings..some songs with banjo..I couldn't tell you what they're called now. But, yeah, I might have never listened to them if it wasn't for my Hookah-head cuz!

alli-gal said...

S-Hooks...that's awesome that you were listening to them. it is so much different to see them live, but just the fact that you're a little familiar with their music now is really cool.

Oh, and on driving kelly Jo back to West Middleton......that's what friends are for, right? I would hope the people I call my friends would do the same for me....and I truly believe they would.

s-hooks said...

You are one of the kindest and most generous people I know, and I'm sure anyone who knows you would do so for you too!

I have a thing for blue-grassy/banjo pickin' music...that one song I heard last night was like that-I loved it! Dang, what was it called!?!!

alli-gal said...

I might have to see if I can get a copy of this year's Hookahville for you when it's done.

They're calling this year's spring lineup the Hookah Grass line up because there's so many blue grass bands playing......I love it!!!

have you ever heard of Yonder Mountain String Band? You should check them out if you like that kind of stuff. Ryan and I have seen them a couple times. They roll through Indy every now and then. but, i think you would like them :-)

s-hooks said...

Cool. Ok, I'm off to check 'em out!