Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Maha Music Festival main stage lineup is now complete

That's it, folks. Your Maha Music Festival main stage lineup is all full.

Who are the latest additions? Ben Kweller and the local boys in It's True.

I, for one, love Ben Kweller and his last record, "Changing Horses," is pretty great. The same quirky indie rock he's been making for years, but with a little bit of Texas twang. He also loves Omaha, which he couldn't stop talking about the last time I interviewed him. Kweller is a buddy of Conor Oberst and has performed on a few Bright Eyes records.

I think Kweller is a great addition to the lineup that already consists of headliner Spoon as well as The Faint, Superchunk and the Old 97's.

As for It's True, that's a damn interesting choice.

"We decided that It’s True was better than any other band we were looking at getting, so why not just book them?" Maha organizer Tre Brashear told me in a press release.

That's a pretty good point. I'd love to see someone such as Frightened Rabbit or the Avett Brothers or Manchester Orchestra or One For The Team. But let's be honest: around here, It's True is just as good of a draw as any of those names as well as being a good band.

They also get to play a stage with a bunch of other damn fine bands (and in front of the Merge Record execs that play in Superchunk).

Also, the fine folks at Maha announced that The Mynabirds were added to the local stage. Frankly, they'd also be a pretty good addition to the main stage, but as the side stage headliner, they'll be playing later in the afternoon/evening, which is probably better for them.

So, here's your Maha lineup:

Main stage:
• Spoon
• The Faint
• Superchunk
• The Old 97's
• Ben Kweller
• It's True

Local stage:
• The Mynabirds
• Satchel Grande
• 60 Days to Maha showcase winner (voters' choice of Betsy Wells, Dim Light, Flight Metaphor, Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship)
• 30 Days to Maha showcase winner (lineup tbd)
• OEA Awards showcase winner (lineup tbd)

Have you bought your tickets yet?

Oh, and for what it's worth, TD Ameritrade has been announced as the main stage sponsor. So expect to see some big TD Ameritrade banners.

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