Many towns have gone down in the history books for their contributions to music. Detroit gave us Motown, Athens gave us the alternative bands of the 80’s like REM and the B-52’s, Memphis gave us the blues, Austin gave us Indie and no one would have ever thought that Omaha, Nebraska would find itself among those ranks, but yet it has.
With bands like 311, Bright Eyes, and The Faint, just to name a few and coupled with being the home of the Saddle Creek Record label, Omaha is fast becoming a force to be noticed in the music world. And it is from that independent spirit that the Maha Music Festival was started in 2009.
Over the years the festival has grown, starting with a few big name acts like Dashboard Confessional and G. Love and Special Sauce headlining the inaugural year and a small local stage to performances from acts like Spoon, Superchunk, Matisyahu, The Reverend Horton Heat, and Cursive. Last year’s festival was even one of the limited tour stops for the reunited Guided By Voices, and the 2012 edition of the festival pulls no punches either.
Garbage’s Blood for Poppies
The big news for this year’s festival is the reunion of the acclaimed indie band, Desaparecidos, fronted by Omaha’s own, Conor Oberst. The band broke up in 2002, just as they were starting to gain a large following, but Oberst decided to turn his focus to his first project, Bright Eyes and the rest was history. Desaparecidos has reunited for one single show previous to this in 2010, and now their reunion at the Maha Music Festival kicks off a series of dates that take them across the U.S. in the coming months and rumor has it concert goers should be treated to new brand new music from the band.
While Desaparecidos is one of the biggest buzzes surrounding the Maha Music Festival they aren’t the only headliner for this festival. Also serving as co-headliners on the bill is another band no stranger to reunions, Garbage. The Madison, WI band recently reunited and took the charts by storm with their new album, “Not Your Kind of People” and will be making Omaha’s Maha Music Festival one of the stops on this summer’s tour.
In addition to the two main acts, the all day festival will feature bands like Delta Spirit, Dum Dum Girls, and the up and coming band on the Saddle Creek label, the Mynabirds, and local acts like Frontier Ruckus, the Conduits and many more all trying to get their start.
In addition to a great way to blend local, regional and national music together in a celebration for all music lovers, the festival has remained non profit since its inception. The entire staff is volunteers, and the lists to volunteer for the festival fill up quickly. This year, support event went as far as giving away a limited number of VIP passes to people who had the simple (and newly designed) Maha logo tattooed onto themselves. And to festival organizers surprise, it was an overwhelming response. For more, check out the blog and pics here. http://oxidedesign.com/free-maha-tattoo-promotion/
Weather should be great, hot and sunny, and the crowds are expected in record numbers and stay tuned here to Our Vinyl for a full run down of the show, complete with pictures of the festival.
Written by Christina Lawler
OurVinyl | Contributor