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.

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