Monday, April 25, 2011

Maha Music Festival: Main stage artists announced!

By Kevin Coffey
© 2011 Omaha World-Herald

Fill in one more lineup on your list of summer music festivals.

Maha Music Festival has announced three of its main stage bands.

Reunited indie rock stalwarts Guided By Voices will be joined by Omaha rock band Cursive and rapper Matisyahu on Aug. 13.

In its third year, the nonprofit festival will again take place at the Lewis and Clark Landing on Omaha’s Riverfront and will be sponsored by TD Ameritrade and others.

Known for its lo-fi sound and lauded as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, Guided By Voices will feature its classic 1993-96 lineup. “Bee Thousand,” the band’s 1994 album, is generally considered one of the best indie rock records ever and is included on “best” lists from Spin, Pitchfork, The Village Voice and

Cursive, formed 1995 in Omaha, is one of the most successful groups on the roster of Saddle Creek Records. Recently, the band released “Mama, I’m Swollen” and celebrated the 10th anniversary of its album, “Domestica,” by performing it in its entirety at several concerts.

Matisyahu is a Hasidic Jewish rapper that mixes hip-hop, rock, reggae and other styles, often rapping about his religious beliefs. His song “King Without A Crown” became a surprise hit.

While Guided By Voices is considered one of the festival’s headliners, Matisyahu will take the stage last in order to comply with his religious beliefs, which require him to not perform until after sundown.

Three more main stage bands are yet to be announced. A second stage will include local bands, and that lineup will also be announced at a later date.

Festival organizers hope the entire lineup will excite fans from start to finish.

“We hope people are just as excited about the bands performing at two o’clock as the one at nine o’clock,” said Tre Brashear, one of the board members of YFC Inc., the festival’s organizing committee.

Ticket prices for this year’s concert will be less than last year. Including fees, tickets will be $30 in advance at and $35 day of show. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at

Festival organizers hope to expand the success of the festival, which more doubled its attendance in its second year.

“We want to keep turning the wheel and put money in the bank. That allows us to be more aggressive in booking more bands or turning to a second day,” Brashear said. “We’ve gotta move carefully forward each year.”

Guided By Voices
Allow me to say, way to go Maha Music Festival.

Once again, it nabbed an indie rock great to be part of its festival.

Recently reunited, the legendary Guided By Voices will be one of the band’s main stage acts (and, I’m assuming, a headliner).

Rounding out the lineup is local favorite Cursive as well as rapper Matisyahu, who certainly has a good following around here.

Guided By Voices has included various lineups revolving around Robert Pollard, but the one playing Omaha is the supposedly “classic” lineup from 1993 to 1996.

I know that Guided By Voices will make Maha a must-see for a lot of people. The last time they played Omaha was in 2000.

Plus the lineup including Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Mitch Mitchell, Dan Toohey and Kevin Fennell will make people buy tickets.

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