The musical chimes of summer set our hearts a-flutter and our bare feet a-movin’. That’s just facts. Can you hear that last school bell ringing? The one before the doors burst open and we all stampede out into an impromptu end credits dance sequence from an 80s teen movie? Hey, where’d these wacky props come from? Who’s the guy in the gorilla suit? How did we all know when to bust out the same breakdancing move? Who cares? Because that’s the janglin’ of keys you just heard, keys to a cherry red Camaro that are somehow dangling from your fingertips. Don't ask questions, just slide into the driver’s seat, pop in the cassette, crank the volume, roll down the windows, and hit the gas in one fluid motion. Because summer is here, good people, and this is the soundtrack.
Our story really begins with the story of Omaha. This is an under-the-radar kind of place, a hard-working river town in the American heartland. As the great poet Carl Sandburg once described it: "Omaha, the roughneck, feeds armies, eats and swears from a dirty face. Omaha works to get the world a breakfast." Home to a blossoming creative community, including a nationally-recognized independent music scene, Omaha has also been working hard to bring the world a generous helping of art, ideas, and innovation. In 2008, a group of young professionals came together with a collective realization: Omaha needs its own music festival. Maha was born and, we're very pleased to say, the community has rallied behind it. Showcasing emerging local artists and pulling in big national acts, the nonprofit Maha Music Festival continues to grow steadily each year. Basking in the late summer glow, Maha has drawn music fans from 32 states and counting. Our vision is to push beyond the parameters of a traditional music festival and continue to attract fans from all over the country, while celebrating the local community–the people and what they do, what they create and build, and the causes they champion.
WEDS. MAY 20 8PM
LOUDER THAN A BOMB
SAT. MAY 30 7PM
RIVER’S EDGE PARK
SAT. AUG 7 6PM
ALL YOUNG GIRLS
ARE MACHINE GUNS
Maha is a day-long nonprofit music festival on Saturday, August 15, 2015, bringing together national, regional and local indie and rock artists for a day of food, community and, of course, music.
Aksarben Village has reserved FREE a parking garage and large parking lot for the exclusive use of Maha attendees so there will be plenty of space for everyone!
The average high temperature in Omaha in August is 85 degrees with light humidity and light winds. We recommend you bring sun block, even if it’s a little overcast early in the day. Midwest weather is known for its quick shifts!
Maha will continue rain or shine. No refunds.
Yes, anyone with a ticket is welcome to join the fun. All ages are welcome and children ages 10 and under do not need a ticket as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult! 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.
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.
You can not. No outside food or drink is allowed…except for one factory-sealed water bottle. See below.
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.
There will be a wide variety of local food & drink.
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 audio recording are NOT allowed.
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.
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