Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MAHA returns in 2012

Maha Music Festival is coming back in 2012 as we all knew (or at least hoped) that it would.

It's the little indie festival that could and, so far, it's proven to be the best rock festival going in Omaha. Here's hoping it continues to grow to bigger names and expand to multiple days.

Anyway, the fest will be returning to Stinson Park at Aksarben Village. Maha organizer Tre Brashear tells me that the festival was a lot more difficult to put on at Stinson Park (setting up fences and such was probably a lot more work), but fans loved the spot so much that they decided to move the fest there.

From people that went to the festival (I was, unfortunately, absent), I heard almost nothing but good things about the new venue. In fact, only one person said they didn't like Stinson Park but that guy felt it should be somewhere downtown. But an actual suitable location? He couldn't think of one.

In other news, the festival will take place on Aug. 11, 2012, which is about the same weekend as last year. It should keep them from getting pushed by Red Sky again, but that late date also seemed to cause Maha to struggle with lining up talent they wanted (a lot of artists head to Europe after their summer tours end in late July/early August).

Then again, Maha's running a week after Lollapalooza (Aug. 3-5, 2012), so maybe they'll be able to route around their giant, older brother and grab some of the same names.

What's next then? The lineup, of course. Who would you want to see play Maha? (Please think realistically.) I have a few thoughts, but I'll only share if you do.

To the comments!


  1. I'd love to see someone along the lines of Feist, St. Vincent, The Head and the Heart, or Laura Marling!

  2. MAHA at Stinson Park again is a great move IMO. Last time was great. Next time will be better. I'd love to see Ryan Adams, Wilco, Will Hoge, Bright Eyes, The Head and the Heart, Josh Ritter, Arcade Fire, Death Cab, or Iron and Wine. I think Blue Bird would be a nice pick for the local stage.

  3. I would love to see Ryan Adams, Noah and the Whale, and The Avett Brothers.

  4. Some great picks up there already - Wilco would be terrific, as would Andrew Bird, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, the Avett Bros, St. Vincent.. would love for Iron & Wine, Death Cab and the Decemberists to come back. Also have to add Beirut, Ratatat, Chromeo and Grizzly Bear off the top of my head. If I had to include a band from across the pond that would hopefully be touring the states, definitely Two Door Cinema Club. If MAHA could get just one or two of these groups, I'd buy my ticket as soon as they went on sale and I know several people who would as well.

  5. i would personally love to see an elephant six band show up at MAHA.

  6. All bands already stated are great. For the local stage, Flight Metaphor.

  7. Brand New, Minus The Bear, Portugal. The Man, Maps & Atlases, Death Cab For Cutie, Transit, Motion City Soundtrack, Grizzly Bear, Thrice, The Gaslight Anthem

  8. Amen to Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack, and The Gaslight Anthem.

  9. Like the recommendations so far, esp. Portugal and Thrice. I'd add Brett Dennon for a fun show


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