Are you ready for some music?
We're just few months away from MAHA, the nonprofit indie music festival that's grow immensely over the past few years and is once again to rock Omaha from noon to midnight on August 20 at Aksarben Village.
Tickets for the event are $55 for general admission and a $185 VIP package that includes VIP parking, $50 in festival money, access to air-conditioned bathrooms, catered food, VIP-bar access and premium main-stage viewing.
This year's festival has a couple of things going on that we think you'll love. First, the music, then, the ability to donate to the festival to keep it going.
MAHA 2016's Lineup: Passion Pit Leads the Way
Headlining this year's list of musicians and bands is Passion Pit, the Cambridge, Mass., brainchild of musician Michael Angelakos. Passion Pit's synth-heavy music has gained a strong following, while mastermind Angelakos has become a well-known artist no only for his music but for his battle with bipolar disorder.
"It's not just debilitating," he was quoted as saying during an interview for a Rolling Stone article. "It's all-encompassing. It's something you have to work on your entire life."
The "group" was formed in 2007 in Cambridge. Their first album, Manners, came in 2009 and they cracked the top-five of Billboard 200 in 2012 with their album, Gossamer.
Passion Pit released their third album this past year. Here's a video of "Little Secrets" from Manners:
MAHA 2016 will also feature Lincoln-based soul/funk/R&B group Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal.
Partnership With Omaha Gives
As we mentioned earlier, MAHA is teaming up with Omaha Gives! to raise money for the festival. A modest $10 is the ask; a small price to pay for such an amazing concert by a 501(c)3 organization.
More than 300 volunteers make the show possible the day of the event, and, according to MAHA's Omaha Gives! page, 30 volunteers work year-round to organize the music festival.
A Few Details...
There are some important rules and information you need to know before you head out to MAHA:
- Small/disposable cameras are allowed, but if you're hefting a professional camera with three different lenses, they're going to ask you to enter without the gear. Also, you aren't allowed to shoot videos or audio recordings.
- Smokers will have three designated areas in which they can smoke. While you're on festival grounds and outside those areas, you can't smoke.
- All ticket sales are final, which means there are no refunds before the event or during the event if it rains.
- Stinson Park is handicap accessible. If you have special mobility needs, stop by the festival's volunteer headquarters near the festival entrance to find out where your special seating is.
Want to learn more about this year's festival?
Check out MAHA's promo video: