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CONTACT: CONNIE BROEDER
Media Relations Director
RiverFest Commission
IMU
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-3273
e-mail: connie-broeder@uiowa.edu

April 18, 2000

RiverFest Mainstage Act Ekoostik Hookah to perform free show at RiverFest 2000

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 2000 RiverFest Commission has announced that the mainstage act for Friday, April 28, 2000, Ekoostik Hookah, is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. in Hubbard Park, located next to the Iowa Memorial Union. The opening act is yet to be announced.

Ekoostik Hookah, a jam band from Ohio, has played in venues across the U.S. such as Chicago's House of Blues, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall, New York's Wetlands Preserve, and in 1997 they were invited to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band has sold more than 75,000 copies of its six releases with the latest release Sharp in the Flats (1999) to Hookah fans, as they are called.

Ekoostik Hookah combines different types of music such as rock 'n' roll, blues, funk, jazz, and bluegrass into tunes that have magnified the radio waves. The band began in 1991 in a basement bar with lead vocalist/keyboardist Dave Katz, lead guitarist Steve Sweney, bassist Cliff Starbuck, drummer Eric Lanese, and singer/songwriter plus rhythm guitar duties Ed McGee, who joined the band later in 1993. This bands' intense energy has lead to their success with thousands of Hookah fans traveling from all over to hear them play. Starbuck says, "Lots of people like to dance at our shows. It's the type of music that encourages free expression."

In the past, RiverFest has brought in other great performers such as Adam Sandler, Whitney Houston, and Run DMC. Ekoostik Hookah will be playing in Hubbard Park Friday night, and the concert is free and open to the public. Barker says, "It should be an awesome show; this group is full of energy."

For any additional information, feel free to contact Media Relations Director Connie Broeder at the RiverFest office: 319-335-3273.