Saturday, August 16th

- Omaha, Nebraska - Stinson Park - Noon to Midnight

Snapshots from MAHA Music Festival

2014 ScheduleSchnackel Engineers

Noon Gates Open
12:10 Domestica
12:45 Matt Whipkey
1:20 Twinsmith
1:55 M34N STR33T
2:30 Doomtree
3:35 Radkey
4:30 The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)
5:40 The Envy Corps
6:35 Local Natives
7:45 Icky Blossoms
8:50 The Head and the Heart
10:15 Death Cab for Cutie
Midnight Show Over – See you in 2015!

All times are approximate | Lineup is subject to change

Snapshots from MAHA Music Festival

Death Cab for Cutie

By their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth. Codes and Keys is singular in the quartet’s catalog when it comes to sonic exploration and lyrical ambition. If anything, the band has never sounded more excited to experiment with textures, words, sounds and even the process of recording itself. …more >


The Head and the Heart

It wasn’t that long ago that the members of Seattle’s The Head and the Heart were busking on street corners, strumming their acoustic guitars, stomping their feet and singing in harmony as they attempted to attract the attention of passersby. …more >


Local Natives

Los Angeles’ Local Natives will release their sophomore album, entitled Hummingbird, on Frenchkiss Records/Infectious Music on January 29th, 2013 (out in Europe January 28th). …more >


The Both

Collectively and individually, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have more years of musical experience under their belts than most. You might call them “lifers.” But they were first drawn into each others circles by the late, great Scott Miller …more >



All seven members of Doomtree have built solo careers as rappers, producers, or DJs. (Roster cheat sheet: P.O.S, Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger.) Individually these artists receive press from outlets like The York Times, NPR, Spin, Rolling Stone …more >



Radkey is a punk band from St. Joseph, Missouri that is made up of three brothers. Dee the lead guitarist and vocalist is into learning to read and write Japanese, watching anime and enjoys books by Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Edgar Rice Burroughs. …more >


The Envy Corps

The Envy Corps’ indie quasi-anthems, filled with galvanizing arrangements and elasticized melodies have garnered the Des Moines band the affection of the attentive Midwest and fans internationally.

Fans have been anxiously awaiting a follow-up to The Envy Corps’ major label debut, Dwell (2008), and the Kid Gloves EP (2009). …more >


Icky Blossoms

Hailing from America’s center, Omaha-based Icky Blossoms formed in the blizzard of 2011 through friendship, trials and a mutual desire to make art and new music. A brainchild born from the boredom of sitting still. Guitarist and vocalist Derek Pressnall met Icky Blossoms vocalist Sarah Bohling and …more >



Just a few months removed from their eponymous debut album, Twinsmith is back with Honestly, the band’s new 7” (out November 19th on Saddle Creek). Though Jordan Smith (vocals/guitar) and Matt Regner (guitar/keys) have been playing together since 2007, only recently did they form Twinsmith. …more >



This is a band that wants to combust, to lose a screw and see a slab of their metal-backed armament bend on its hinges, but it’s also a band that will be at the ready with a power drill to put it all back together at the last possible instant. Pawl Tisdale–drums, Heidi Ore–vocals/bass, Jon Taylor–guitar/vocals …more >


Matt Whipkey

Matt Whipkey is an acclaimed singer songwriter and guitarist from Omaha, NE. Whipkey’s 2013 double album “Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989,” is his most ambitious work to date. Having earned the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards for artist and album of the year in 2013, Whipkey’s live band features some of the city’s finest. …more >



M34N STR33T (pronounced Mean Street) is a Producer/Rapper/DJ tri-force bringing you sample based beats and rhymes from Midtown Omaha, Nebraska. We’ve got Conny Franko AKA Conchance on the mic, Haunted Gauntlet on the visuals/production/live beats, and DJ Really Real on the wheels of steel. …more >

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Community Village

Maha’s efforts to support and promote the great city in which it resides are most evident in our Community Village. Composed of a variety of area nonprofits, and proudly sponsored by Centris Federal Credit Union, the Community Village provides alternative entertainment by engaging our culturally attuned and socially aware audience in a multitude of fun and hands-on activities which appeal to fans of all ages. Thanks to the awesome organizations involved in the Community Village, the creativity at Maha isn’t limited to the stage.

Centris Federal Credit Union

As this year’s Presenting Sponsor of Community Village, Centris Federal Credit Union will join the collection of exceptional  …more >

Quality Living, Inc.

In addition to being cool enough to help sponsor Maha, QLI will join this year’s Community Village with an activity, prizes, and give-aways!  …more >

Hear Nebraska

Hear Nebraska’s booth will provide activities for the kids, so bring the whole family to Maha! Stop by and see us in Community Village …more >

Goodwill Omaha

As Community Village veterans, Maha fans will be happy to see Goodwill Industries in this year’s CV lineup once again! They’ll be helping fans repurpose  …more >

Inclusive Communities

Inclusive Communities will engage festival attendees in conversations about diversity and inclusion and get their thoughts on various Omaha neighborhoods  …more >

Southern Sudan Community Association (SSCA)

Members of the Southern Sudan Community Association will be on hand to help Maha fans make some fancy beads.  …more >

Global Partners in Hope

Global Partners in Hope invites Maha to build wind turbine blades and experiment with efficient blade shape, size, and angle …more >

Queer Nebraska Youth Network

QNYN will use a mural of the proverbial closet door as the backdrop on which to capture images of the spirit of “coming out” …more >

Nebraska Appleseed

Nebraska Appleseed will treat Maha fans to three activities in Community Village.  And, this means three chances to win fabulous prizes! …more >

Midlands Mentoring Partnership

Midlands Mentoring Partnership will provide an opportunity for festival-goers to recognize the people in their lives …more >

Heartland Pride

Heartland Pride’s Community Vilalge debut will brighten up the Maha scene by assisting fans with the creation of their very …more >

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue

Come visit Saving Grace’s booth in Community Village, where kids and their parents can fancy-  up their very own colorful foam …more >

Omaha Jitterbugs

“Omaha Jitterbugs has teamed with Archive Photo Booths to offer Maha fans a FREE Photo Booth with swing-era style. A personal …more >

Red Basket, Inc.

Red Basket believes tiny deeds can create tremendous good. Festival do gooders will answer the question “what’s your tiny deed?” …more >

Rebuilding Together Omaha

Rebuilding Together Omaha wants Maha fans to understand how their “fingerprint” on a home can make it more warm, safe and …more >

Conservation Fusion

Conservation Fusion will engage Maha fans of all ages in an interactive art project. The focus of our project is to illustrate …more >

Heartland 2050

Heartland 2050’s booth will give Maha fans the chance to weigh in on how their neighborhoods and this region should look after 40 …more >

Legal Aid of Nebraska

It’s fundamentally important for individuals to understand their rights, so Legal Aid of Nebraska created a fun trivia game to teach …more >

The Durham Museum

In anticipation of The Durham’s upcoming fall exhibit, “Identity: An Exhibition of You,” Maha attendees can take part in a Maha community project. Visitors  …more >

Nebraska Science Festival

For the cerebral Maha fan, the Nebraska Science Festival is teaming up with the Durham to jointly promote scientific …more >

Joslyn Art Museum

For their third straight appearance in Community Village, Joslyn Art Museum will not disappoint! Talented artists will work with Maha fans to create a  …more >

Omaha Art and Entertainment Awards

We all know kids are known for their boundless creativity.  Well, the Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAA) …more >

Snapshots from MAHA Music Festival
Snapshots from MAHA Music Festival

The Festival

Maha is a nonprofit music festival organized and run by volunteers, and brought to you through the support of our many wonderful sponsors. We created Maha for community-building, not for profit. The idea of a homegrown music festival had been around for years, but finally found the right group of volunteers in 2009. If you share our passion, we invite you to attend, become a volunteer and/or share your ideas with us for making Maha bigger and better.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Maha Music Festival?

Maha is a day long music festival on Saturday, August 16, 2014, bringing together national, regional and local indie and rock artists for a day of food, community and, of course, music.

Where can I park?

Aksarben Village has reserved both a parking garage and a large parking lot for the exclusive use of Maha attendees so there will be plenty of space for everyone (see picture above). And the best part, it’s free.

What is weather like in mid-August?

The average high temperature in Omaha in August is 85 degrees with light humidity and light winds. We recommend you bring sunblock, even if it’s a little overcast early in the day. Midwest weather is known for its quick shifts! Sunset will be at 8:30 p.m. on August 16th.

What if it rains?

Maha will continue rain or shine.  No refunds.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes, anyone with a ticket is welcome to join the fun. All ages are welcome! Things might get a bit rowdy up front, and as a general rule, the area directly in front of the stage is rarely kid-friendly. However, there’s plenty of space for everyone in much calmer areas. Children ages 10 and under do not need a ticket as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

What can I bring?

Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed, tents are not. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and/or visors are suggested to let you enjoy the day without any sun-related discomfort. We reserve the right to inspect all bags, purses, backpacks, etc. before allowing entry to the Festival. And, no, couches are not allowed. Seriously.

Can I bring a cooler?

You can not. No outside food or drink will be allowed.

Water Bottles

You may bring in one, empty, water bottle per person. We offer a water refill station in the park. When you arrive if you have one, sealed, packaged water bottle, that’s fine too. If it’s not sealed we ask you empty it before entering the park.

What food and drink will be available?

There will be a wide variety of local food & drink.

Will cameras or recorders be allowed?

Small or disposable cameras will be allowed. Professional cameras will NOT be allowed. Essentially, if it has a removable lens, it’s a no go. Video and audiotaping are NOT allowed.

What about event security?

Event security will be located throughout the grounds for the entire duration of the event. If you have an emergency, find a staff person with a radio, go to an information or medical tent, or tell one of the security personnel.

I’m from out of town, where can I stay?

Omaha is a very friendly town. You can probably find someone willing to share a floor with you. If you’d prefer more private accommodations, Maha has negotiated “Maha Rates” with the Aksarben Marriott. It’s a short walk to the festival from here. Marriott Web Page Here

Re-Entry Policy

You are welcome to come & go as needed before 6:30 PM. If you leave before 6:30PM, and received a hand stamp from the front gate before you left, you are allowed to re-enter after 6:30PM. After 6:30 PM no hand stamps will be given. If you leave after that time, you will not be allowed back into the park unless you buy another ticket. If you are wearing a VIP wrist band you may come & go without the hand stamp.

Rules and Regulations

  • Unauthorized vending is not permitted.
  • No illegal drugs, weapons, or fireworks are allowed on the festival grounds.
  • CONCEALED WEAPONS ARE NOT PERMITTED. Violators will be ejected from the facility and subject to prosecution under local, state, and federal laws.
  • Underage drinking is strictly prohibited.
  • Park only in designated parking areas.
    If your vehicle is found in an unauthorized area it will be towed.
  • No glass please.
  • Respect the environment.
    Please use trash and recycling bags provided by the festival.
  • Please listen to and respect all staff members, whether it is a parking attendant or a police officer. Your safety and well-being is their #1 concern.
  • Finally, the most important rule of all: The Golden Rule. Please be respectful of your neighbors and consider their comfort.
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Aksarben Village in Omaha, Nebraska

We are very pleased to be holding Maha at Aksarben Village for the third year, a gorgeous park area with plenty of access and free parking located on the city bike trail. We can’t thank Aksarben Village and its merchants enough for welcoming our relocation from the riverfront.

Festival Key

  1. First Aid & Security
  2. Weitz Investment Management Stage
  3. Omaha Gives! Stage
  4. The Globe: OK Party & LTaB
  5. ATM
  6. Centris Federal Credit Union Community Village
  7. Adult Beverage ID Station
  8. Drink Ticket Booth
  9. Drink Tent
  10. Pepsi Trailer
  11. DiVentures Water Refill Station
  12. Food Vendors
  13. Broadmoor VIP Area
  14. National Artist Merch Tent
  15. Cox Local Merch Tent
  16. Habitat for Humanity Re-Store Recycling Center
  17. Port-a-Potty Village
  18. MailChimp Bike Corral
  19. Sponsor Alley
  20. Scott Data Center Phone Charging Station
  21. Corn Dogs & Nachos
  22. Game Truck
  23. Ferris Wheel
  24. Coventry Volunteer Check-In

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Want to volunteer? Bless you.

All positions for Maha 2014 have been filled. However, we do have a waiting list if you’d like to be contacted about available positions. Please CLICK HERE and fill out the form so we know how to best place you. You will be notified by early August if we are able to find a position for you or not.

We want to thank everyone who has shown interest and supported Maha!

Click HERE for position descriptions.
Join the Maha Volunteer Facebook Group

Snapshots from MAHA Music Festival