By Matt Clevenger
Looking for an out-of-town New Year’s Eve party? Celebrate on High Street in Columbus and catch a special ekoostik hookah show with Freekbass and Tobotius at Newport Music Hall. Known for their biannual “Hookahville” festivals, ekoostik hookah has developed a Phish-like following since forming in Columbus back in 1991, touring internationally and selling well over 100,000 copies of their eight officially-released albums. Opening act Freekbass is a six-time Cincinnati Entertainment Award winner, and his groundbreaking mix of funk, electronic music and R&B was recently featured in “Relix Magazine.” He will perform with internationally known DJ and producer Tobotius, who has also worked with Bootsy Collins, the guitarist Buckethead and drummer Brain. Tickets for the New Year’s Eve show at Newport Music Hall are $35, and doors open at 8 p.m. More information can be found online at www.promowestlive.com, www.ekoostik.com or www.freekbass.com.