Garbage, Desaparecidos lead Maha lineup

Alt rockers Garbage and a once-again-reunited Desaparecidos lead the Maha Music Festival lineup in 2012.

Also performing are singer-songwriter (and Nebraska native) Josh Rouse as well as dance-pop and recent Saddle Creek Records signee Icky Blossoms.

It will be another solid year at Maha, which takes place this year on Aug. 11 at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village. I think this has the potential (especially with the upgrade in venue) to sell a lot of tickets. It could very easily sell out.

By making a big lineup splash like this, maybe they can make enough money to expand to two days next year. That’s the vision of Maha that I’m most excited about.

Garbage will be pretty huge. With all of the attention that band member Butch Vig has received recently for producing Nirvana’s “Nevermind” 20 years ago coupled with the hype and attention being heaped on them for reuniting and putting out a new album, Garbage is a pretty big name.

Desaparecidos is cool, too. But it would be more cool if they hadn’t already played in Omaha a few years ago. Hopefully they draw in a lot of out-of-state Desa fans, especially those that didn’t get into the 2010 show (tickets sold out within a week), but if the band plays more tour dates (I have to assume they will), that may dilute the traveling crowd.

As evidenced by the band’s new website and Twitter, they’ll be doing more (maybe even an album?) soon.

Josh Rouse will be pretty cool. I know he’s popular, but I honestly don’t know a lot of his music.

Icky Blossoms certainly deserves to headline the local stage. They’re going places, as I’ve said before. And with them headlining the local stage, it means they’ll be playing later at night, which will be perfect. Hopefully they work up the crowd before Desa and Garbage.

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