Maha Music Festival's lineup is fantastic.
Between the lineup's diversity (folk, punk, space rock and all that) and the popularity of the various groups involved, it's a great slate — one of the festival's best and probably its strongest yet.
As announced on Sunday, The Flaming Lips will play the festival with Matt & Kim, Bob Mould, The Thermals, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Sons of Fathers and Millions of Boys.
It may turn out to be the most well-attended Maha Music Festival yet.
I advise you to get to Stinson Park at Aksarben Village early on Aug. 17 if you want to get a good spot on the lawn. It's going to be a big year for Maha.
The Flaming Lips is a mega-popular band, and the group's reputation as one of the best live bands from the last decade will help Maha sell a lot of tickets.
The lower part of the festival card is pretty dang good, too. Matt & Kim are a great addition both because they're a fun festival band (a high-energy combo of pop and bouncy rock) and they'll be a big draw, too.
Bob Mould, formerly of HŁsker DŁ and Sugar, will bring the alt rock (and probably an older crowd). I've never seen him before, so I am personally most excited about this one.
The latest addition to Saddle Creek Records' roster, The Thermals, will be one of the day's most fun bands. I saw them twice at SXSW, and the Portland punkers had so much energy that they dived into the audience to get everyone going. They'll be good for a mid-afternoon jolt of energy.
(I recently interviewed The Thermals' Kathy Foster, and look out for that interview next week in go and on my blog.)
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down is a folk rock group based out of San Francisco, and they'll complement roots rock band Sons of Fathers, which recently received recognition for its performances at SXSW in the band's native Austin, Texas.
Rounding out the main stage lineup is Omaha punk trio Millions of Boys, which released “Competing For Your Love” last year. They're a great local band and a solid addition.
What do you think about it? Drop me an email or leave a comment on my blog.
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