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Citizens of Hookahville is a photographic series, by David J. Schwartz, of people telling their stories of a community, brought together by an amazingly talented cross genre jamband from Ohio, Ekoostik Hookah, a band that embraces their fans as one big family!


Citizens of Hookahville is a photographic series, by David J. Schwartz, of people sharing a few thoughts of their community, brought together by an amazingly talented cross genre jamband from Ohio, Ekoostik Hookah, a band that embraces their fans as one big family!I dedicate this series to the people I’ve have met and shared the experience of Hookahville with ! I’ve been marching to the lyric “follow in the foot steps of ole’ Bill, come to Hookahville!” , for 24 years now, wow! In that time, I have build lasting friendships, had outer body Musical experiences, learned life lessons, Been shown amazing kindness and goodwill, and allowed to create images of my experience. This has all been a major influence on my development as a human it pushed me in directions I have may never gone. Hookahville always calls me home. It’s a chance to connect on a basic level, spiritually though music and personal interaction, whether it be around a fire or groovin’ to the music . For this I am truly grateful! Tune in, turn on and drop out, come to Hookahville! - David Schwartz


John Azerolo - Citizen of Hookahville

# 16 the series

First Hookahville: Fall 2018 (50)

Photo Created: Fall Hookahville 2019 (52)


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

“Hookahville 50 was my very 1st ekoostik hookah show ever. I went to it to unwind from walking 2575 miles on US 1 for the the East Coast Overdose Awareness Walk and to see a band I came to love. “


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

“The one lesson that I've learned, is that friendships forged there are forged for a lifetime.”


I always keep coming back to Hookahville,

“of course for the music, but to catch up with friends and to make knew ones!”


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Cortney Kendall - Citizen of Hookahville

# 15 of the series

First Hookahville: Spring 2001 Frontier Ranch

Photo created: Fall Hookahville 2019 (52)


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

"My first HV was Mudville Spring 2001 with Willy Nelson Not only was it my first Hookahville but also the first festival of my life."

One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"Hookahville taught me what it means to be a member of a community. Nowhere else in my life have I ever felt truly home, where a person can be exactly who they are with nothing but love and acceptance to surround you."

I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

"Because, Hookah nourishes my soul and has saved my life countless times and I want to be able 2 give back to them what they so freely give to us by my support and love as a fan."


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Johnny Adams II - Citizen of Hookahville

# 14 the series

First Hookahville - Spring 1999 Buckeye Lake

Photo Created: Spring Hookahville 2005


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

“Spring 1999 was my first Hookahville, I was pumped to go see Ratdog at Buckeye Lake where I'd seen the Grateful Dead. I was such a newbie to Hookah I asked a friend "What's up with all these upside down e's people are wearing". Little did I know that ə was about to change my whole life. Hard to believe that was over 20 years ago now.”


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

“One lesson I've learned from Hookahville is to go with the flow. Don't stress about camping next to your besties. That stranger you ended camped next to last Hookahville just could be the person you've needed to meet your whole life.”


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

“I keep coming back to Hookahville because this band has had such a profound impact on my life. Because of this band and my Hookah Family, I met my now wife and the mother of my children. I've raised one Hookah Head and started a new family with Annie raising a few more little Hookah Heads. When I think of Hookahville I think family, blood and chosen.”


“I love Ekoostik Hookah and Hookahville! Let's all go to Hookahville!”


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Tom Gruber - Citizen of Hookahville

# 14 the series

First Hookahville -Spring 2008 Legend Valley

Photo Created: Fall Hookahville 2018 Zane Shawnee Caverns


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

"Well, I had been to 2 hookah festivals earlier that spring, and growing up In Ohio I had been hearing about Hookahville my whole life, so it was a no brainer.. I had to go. It was Hookahville 29 Spring 2008, at Legend Valley aka line ville. Worth every minute of the 8 hours I waited to get in."


One lesson I learned from Hookahville is...

"What Hookahville has taught me is, no matter what's going on in the outside world when we gather every May and August I know I'm in a place of family and love."


If it wasn't for Hookahville…

"I wouldn't know nearly as many loving and amazing people as i do now or have grown as a person in the way I have the past 11 years."


#CitizensofHookahville #PhotoSeries #EkoostikHookah #Hookahville #DavidSchwartzPhotography #LiveMusic #FanDocumentary #ThreeQuestions #TomGruber 



Eryn Sebert - Citizen of Hookahville

# 13 the series

First Hookahville: Fall 2015 Frontier Ranch

Photo Created: Fall Hookahville 2017 - Zane Shawnee Caverns


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

“What brought me to my first hookahville was seeing them at the Newport on NYE and being captivated by their sounds & words. The love and energy that came with their music was something rare & beautiful, I was hooked and knew their festival would be extra special.”


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

“Expect nothing and appreciate everything. My good friends taught me this early on and it changed my whole perspective on life. This is a wonderful daily reminder. Also a good hookahville reminder too because you can’t expect hookah to play the song you want to hear or requested so you learn to appreciate what they do play and find out that it’s exactly what you NEEDED to hear. Hoookah knows!”


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

“It’s my utopia. It’s where I am free to be myself with no judgement and unconditional love. I’m surrounded by goofy, charismatic and beautiful people who are feeling the same way I do. Hookahville is a place where I get lost in the music without a care in the world. Ekoostik Hookah saved my soul and continues to do so and for that I’m forever grateful for them and their fans.”


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Kristin Donta - Citizen of Hookahville

# 12 the series

First Hookahville: Spring 2014 Clay’s Park

Photo Created: Fall Hookahville 2017


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

“What brought me to Hookahville: a couple hometown friends introduced me to hookah music & took me to my first show, NYE '13 ~ I. WAS. IN. LUV. couldn't wait for my first Hookahville; spring '14 @ clay's park. changed my life forever.”


One lesson I learned from Hookahville is...

“There is no greater feeling on earth than enjoying your absolute favorite music with your most favorite people! I never knew true happiness until i looked around at a Hookahville to see my favorite smiles enjoying the band that brought us together. And there is no sweeter sight than seeing the light (& sometimes tears!) in your friends' eyes when they get their favorite song. And getting the funk DOWN to it together is ALWAYS priceless!”


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

“It's a family reunion! living deep in KY, I don't see most of my very best friends often at all. we live & learn & grow in different states & do different shows throughout the year, but always meet at HV for a solid weekend of pure luv & beautiful memory making twice a year, EVERY year. Our absence in each other's lives make the ‘villes THAT much better. It's a fun-haver family reunion! And a place to make new like-minded pals. FOREVER GRATEFUL.”


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Bob Cat - Citizen of Hookahville

# 11 the series

First Hookahville: Spring 1996

Photo Created: Spring Hookahville 2018


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

"I had seen EH over a dozen times before I went to my first Hookahville, in the spring of 96. I had never been camping, but my roommate and I decided to go. 4 of us slept in a Honda mini van and I was hooked. I missed the fall because.. no money.. but have been to every one from 97 on."


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"That the friends you make there will always have your back even in the outside world."


If it wasn’t for Hookahville...

"I dont know who, what or where I would be in life. I wouldn't be having this much fun though."


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Net’a Johnson - Citizen of Hookahville

10 the series

First Hookahville: Fall 1996 Frontier Ranch

Photo Created: Spring 2018

When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

"It was in 1996 the first time I heard ekoostik hookah. My brother Lee turned me on to them and gave me the double budda CDs. I loved them from the first time I listened to them. He told me I had to come to "HOOKAHVILLE" so that fall of 96 I went to my first ville. It was the first one without Mullins. I was in awwww. At that point I was only 21 and was ready to tour when Jerry passed away. So this brought a very familiar feel to me right away. I just knew I was home."


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"Always keep on keeping on no matter the troubles."


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

Hookah’s music heals my soul. And the family that we've built is the most incredible group of people that are my hand picked family. I'm so lucky to have been a part of it all.


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Ed McGee - Citizen of Hookahville

# 9 the series First Hookahville - 1994 - Dave Katz & Jeff Spencer's Farm

Photo Created: Fall 2016 Hookahville


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

'I was invited to be the opening act at the first Hookahville. I was already planning on going, I was a huge fan, but it was a bonus to get to play some songs too!'


One lesson I learned from Hookahville is...

"Hard to pick one. Baby wipes are great when there are no showers. Golf carts make everything more fun. One half-conscious hillbilly who hasn’t peed all day can pretty much terminate a good campfire. Bring extra shorts in case someone important needs to borrow a pair."


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

"(Answering as a fan who went to every ‘ville before he joined the band) I remember at the first one saying that Hookahville was the best party I’d ever been to. (I have myself on video saying it several times!) And then I said that same thing again at the next one. And the next. And the next."


"And why was it always the best? Well first, the music. I love live music and every Hookahville featured hookah at their best, most excited, most amped up, most rockin. Then you add great other supporting bands who are psyched to play to a great crowd. That’s already enough."


"But then also, there’s the people who show up. Aside from my own friends who I’d be psyched to hang with, there’d be a zillion likeminded fun people coming in from all over, all with the same purpose: to rock out and party to the best live music ever. Nothing cooler than when you share something so spiritual and personal with a total stranger; the band is killin’ it and you’re smiling at each other with that knowing look on your faces that seem to agree - “Yup. Can’t really explain this to people in the real world, but this is THE bombdiggity. This is why I came here.”


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Fall 2016 Hookahville Ed McGee Set

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Amy Perrigo Foglesong and Rocky Foglesong - Citizens of Hookahville

#8 of the series

Photo created: Fall 2018

Amy Perrigo Foglesong

First Hookahville: Spring 1999 Buckeye Lake


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

"My first HV was 99 the Rat Dog HV. I went because I had been introduced to Ekoostik Hookah’s music by some friends I met at work. I had an idea what the scene would be like but I was still shocked by the amount of like minded people all in one place. I felt immediately at home."


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"I’ve learned that no matter how long it’s been, how many villes I’ve missed, It’s still the same welcoming place full of like minded folks who love the music. A place where weird quirks make you lovable and half hazard fun is encouraged."


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

"My reasons for going back are many. I love the music. And the people. I met my life long friends there, and continue to met wonderful people every time I go. I feel completely myself and at home in that crowd."


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Rocky Foglesong

First Hookahville: Fall 1994 Songbird Center


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

"My first Hookahville was fall of 1994 my friend dave told Tony Vance and I that there was deadheads dancing at a farm in Fredricktown and they were doing again in the fall at songbird center."


One lesson I learned from Hookahville is...

"The lesson I've learned is no hassles or bad attitudes....the people and music have a way of making you feel that freedom does exist if only for a weekend lol."


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

"I come back for the music 100% the people are some of the best ever but I personally just wanted to give my soul to hookah no band ever did it for me like them."

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Mike Jones - Citizen of Hookahville

# 7 the series

First Hookahville - Spring 1999 Buckeye Lake

Photo Created: Spring 2016 Nelson's Ledges 


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

"Ultimately, a free ticket from my boss, for meeting some made up sales goal. I think that his girlfriend had a conflict or something, but he wrote it off as a business expense. Anyway... he had turned me on to Trey and Phish and the world of jam band music over the previous winter, and he wanted me to check out "this crazy guitar guy." I remember that I wasn't super into camping yet, or hippies, but I'd seen Jazz Mandolin and Ratdog, so I went. It was a total life changing weekend. He and I started working remotely a week or so later, and I wound up spending the entire festival season on tour."


One lesson I learned from Hookahville is...

"If life's been kicking your ass, or if you're about to have a wild weekend, look out for future you... shut off your phone once all your people are packed in, and leave it in the car with your ID, your wallet, and your house key. None of these things will serve you until the festival is over."


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because...

I come back because of my closest friends and the shared love of all things Ekoostik Hookah. The band, the songs, the jams, the fans, the flow of creativity, the feeling of homecoming, the chances to reconnect with chosen family, the hugs, the memories. Hookah's been the soundtrack for many of the best days I've known. Oh, and... that old boss was right. I really need to check out "this crazy guitar guy" one more time.


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Kari Augenstein - Citizen of Hookahville

#6 of the series

Photo created: Fall Hookahville 2016 - Frontier Ranch

First Hookahville: Spring 2003 - Frontier Ranch


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

“I was so excited I just graduated high school and was pumped to go experience it! I had always heard about it and how amazing it was. They were not lying:). I had never been surrounded around such nice people with great energy. Hey mama how are you today? I loved hearing that, it warmed my heart.” “Then there was the music. Well that was a given. Ed was the lead singer then and I literally fell in love with every song! I couldn’t wait to go back!”


One lesson I learned from Hookahville is...

“It doesn’t take much to be kind. Always surround yourself with beautiful people who are positive and listen to good music." “Hookah has definitely helped me through some good and bad days!”


If it wasn’t for Hookahville…

“I don’t know what path I would have taken in life. I’m grateful for the one I chose. If not I would have never met some of the closest friends I have today. They are now family to me and I love them dearly! I also started my relationship there 11 years ago.” “I have such great memories and stories I will carry with me for life. I mean how cool is it that one band can bring such beautiful people together with their music! It’s something to be proud of! I’m glad to be apart of it.”


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Tondra Van Allen - Citizen of Hookahville

#5 of the series

Photo created: Fall Hookahville 2016 - Frontier Ranch

First Hookahville: Spring 1994 - Dave Katz & Jeff Spencer's Farm


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

"Dave Katz was my neighbor before Hookah & I was dating Cliff Starbuck. So when my friends starting talking about having a "music gathering" I was down."


 One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"Dancing to Live Music with Friends, Family & Strangers truly creates MAGIC!"


This one time at Hookahville . . .

"I Hoolah Hooped on Stage while Ferdi read Poetry. (true story)"


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Doug Adams

Doug Adams - Citizen of Hookahville

#4 of the series

Photo created: Fall Hookahville 2016- Frontier Ranch

First Hookahville: Spring 1995


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

“My wife grew up with Eric. One day he said "Hey you need to come check out my new band." We saw them at the Newport and knew right away we had to check out Hookahville. We went Spring of 95 and have only missed one since then.”


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

If you're not having fun at Hookahville, it's probably your own fault.”


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because...

"It's a place where you can listen to incredible music in the most relaxed atmosphere with some of the best people around.”


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Daniel Hoffman and Mandi Wildflower - Citizens of Hookahville

#3 in the series

First Hookahville: Spring 2016 - Nelsons Ledges

Photo Created: Spring Hookahville 2018


Daniel Hoffman


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

"Summer Hookah 2013 at Nelsons Ledges was our first hookah show, having never seen them live before our minds were blown and our spirits were lifted. It felt like a home away from home and when I went to our first Hookahville,  I realized quickly that Hookah was a home not an escape from home it's where I go to feel freedom and peace which is what home is defined as to me anyways."


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"That a kind heart, a warming smile, and a friendly welcoming hug can go a long way in pushing happiness and joy, not only in our community, but in everyday life. Some people are so sunk into their everyday workaday lives that they forget to be kind and accepting to others they come in contact with. As long as we continue to try our best and spread the love hopefully eventually it will show others that life is short and to appreciate the life and love that we are so lucky to have."


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

There are quite a few reasons I continue to come back to sum all those reasons up it's really quite an easy answer. Along with finding a home I found a group of family members so strong and accepting that I feel I belong there, and that I must visit all of the loving people I have met over the years.


"HOOOOOOOOKAAAAHHHHH!"


Mandi Wildflower


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

"The music and the people brought me to my first Hookahville, and I'm so glad they did! I had been to quite a few shows and some smaller festivals from Ekoostik Hookah as well. I was always blown away every time but everyone I spoke with absolutely raved about Hookahville being something extra special, so naturally I had to be there. They were not wrong! I couldn't have imagined a more inviting group of spirited individuals or such an inspiring weekend of magic. I knew then that I was home with family. Now twice a year everyone goes home to Hookahville to have the "family reunion" and it's gets better every single time."


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"Always expect the unexpected! It can be applied to Hookahville or life in general. It's the best lesson I've learned and the best advice I can give. You never know what is ahead at Hookahville. This goes for all things and not just the obvious ever changing weather conditions. (Although always always be prepared for all types of weather.) It could be seeing someone you haven’t seen in years, meeting someone new that changes your life, discovering a new talent because you tried something different, hearing a song get played that hasn't been in rotation in what seems like forever or falling in love with a song you're hearing for the first time, a surprise cover you weren't ready for or a sit in with a special guest, or maybe even a fireworks display right in the middle of a sandwich! So many adventures are at Hookahville every time in every direction. Be ready for anything any way you go and have a great time doing it! Let your worries go and be absolutely free!"


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

There's an energy that exists just from being at any Ekoostik Hookah event but at Hookahville it is turned all the way up and coming at you from every direction. That energy is created from so many wonderful humans joining in one place at one time to celebrate the love and family that is Ekoostik Hookah. Getting to walk down the path and say Happy Hookah to someone directly or yell Hoookaaaahh at the top of your lungs to create a ripple in the woods that brings a good feeling to many at once. Standing on one side of the stage and being able to look through the center of the crowd to a different corner and connect with someone because you're both singing the same lyric at the same time. It's an experience for the soul unlike any other, brought together by music and shared by people. I've had the joy of meeting some outstanding people over the years in some pretty incredible moments and then get to continue reconnecting show after show, Hookahville after Hookahville.



Mari-Jane Adams - Citizen of Hookahville - pictured with her son Kevyn

#2 in the series

First Hookahville: Spring of 1999

Photo Created: Fall Hookahville 2016


What brought you to your first Hookahville?

"My Mom and Dad, We came to see Ratdog."


 One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"No matter how hard life becomes, there’s always a reason to smile again somewhere down the line."


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

"The friends and family I’ve gained from sharing love for a wonderful and relatable band, with music that moves the soul."

#CitizensofHookahville #PhotoSeries #EkoostikHookah #Hookahville #DavidSchwartzPhotography #LiveMusic #FanDocumentary #ThreeQuestions #Mari-JaneAdams


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Smitty Smith - Citizen of Hookahville

#1 of the series


When was your first Hookahville and what brought you there?

What brought me was the opportunity to see my favorite band AND campout, while doing it. (I only came for one night because hookah played Lakewood that Friday.)


One lesson I learned from hookahville is...

"Everyone can get there if they just get up and try"


I always keep coming back to Hookahville, because…

“I went to most Hookahvilles for the music, but now that I am out west, I come back for the people.”

#CitizensofHookahville #PhotoSeries #EkoostikHookah #Hookahville #DavidSchwartzPhotography #LiveMusic #FanDocumentary #ThreeQuestions #SmittySmith


Smitty Smith - Fall Hookahville 2004 - Frontier Ranch


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